9-km to the east of Ponda in the
village Marcaim amidst sylvan background is situated the temple of Navdurga.
The temple is said to be about 500 years old and was renovated in 1603 AD.
In the centre or Garbhagriha of the temple is a stone idol of the Goddess
placed on a raised platform. The idol in standing position is four feet and
her peculiarity lies in her pose; that is her neck which is slightly bent to
the left and she is in the form of "Mahisasurmardini".
The annual fair from Kartika Vadya 4 to 10 is considered to be a religious
gathering in which people participate in large number.
As one proceeds further, one comes across a string of beautiful temples
nestling amidst swaying palms and abundant greenery. They include the Ganesh
Temple at Farmagudi, which is known for the visit of Maratha warrior "Sambhaji".
Village Marcaim, 9-km East Of Ponda,
Prime AttrACTIONs of Ponda
3-km away from Banastari Bridge on
Panaji-Ponda Road is situated the noteworthy temple dedicated to Devaki
Krishna at Marcel. The deity is said to have been brought from Chorao in
Tiswadi to Mayem in Bicholim and then shifted to its present place during
the days of religious persecution by the alien rulers. more..
About 12-km from Kavalem is situated another
important religious monument which is dedicated to Sri Kamakashi. The deity
is believed to have come from Kamakhya, Guwahati in Assam, which is her
original abode. more..
Sri Manguesh temple at Mangueshi in Ponda Taluka,
the most prominent among temples, is situated along the National Highway-4A
about 23-km from Panaji. This temple is famous for its pristine glory, which
attracts thousands of visitors every year and is gifted by the Welcome Gate,
an elegant lamp tower, a "Noubatkhana" overlooking the temple tank
and the "Agrashalas" on three sides. more..
Situated at the foothill of
Kavalem, the Shantadurga temple boasts of a huge tank, a Dipa Stambha and
Agrashalas. The temple was built in 1728 AD during the reign of Shahu
Maharaj of Satara at the request of one of his ministers, Naro Ram Mantri.
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