Goa is worldwide famous for its fifteenth century old churches but Goa also famous for its twelfth century Lord Shiva Temple. Goa state has many famous temples which are constructed in seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Temples are used to cultural and social activities in every village. Mostly famous temples are constructed on hill place.
Goa state famous temples are following:
Shri Chandreshwar temple is dedicated to God of Moon. This is constructed in 17th Century in the Bhoj Kings empire duration. This location is 45 kilometer from Panaji city at Paroda town on Chadreshwar hill. Tourism buses are available from capital Panaji city to Shri Chandreshwar Mandir.
Shanta Durga Mandir is dedicated to Shantadurga Goddess. Shantadurga Goddess is mediate middle of Shiva and Vishnu. This was constructed in 1738 by Chatrapati Shahu Raje because original temple was destroyed by the Portuguese rulers in 1564. This location is 33 far from Panaji city in Ponda Taluka at Kavalem village.
Sri Mangeshi Mandir is dedicated to Gods Mangueshi. This was constructed in 1764 by Shri Ramchandra Malhar. But original temple was destroyed by Portuguese rulers in 1543. This location is Mangeshim village which is area of Ponda Taluka; 26 kilo meters from Margao city.
Mahadev Mandir is oldest temple in Goa because was constructed in 12th century. This is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This was constructed in 1271 by Ramachandra king. Temple location is Bolcornem village which is region of the Mahaveer Sanctuary; 65 kilo meters from state capital.
Shri Bhagavati Mandir is dedicated to Bhagavati Goddess. This location is Pernem taluka north Goa which is 28 kilo meters from Panaji city.
Shantadurga and Mahadev Temples are most famous for the Hindu people. People celebrate pilgrimage festival every year. Goa temples are marks of peace and devotion to God. People come from not only all India but also all over world to pilgrimage visit.