Goa is one of the most popular tourist places and holiday destinations. It is famous for its white sand beaches, nightlife and world heritage architecture. There are many tourist points in Goa and Mahalakshmi temple at Bandora (4 kms from Ponda) is one of them. It was built in 1413 AD by Gowda Saraswat Brahmins and the temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi.
How to Reach:-
Sri Mahalakshmi temple is a day trip destination. You can plan a day trip by road to Mahalakshmi temple using bike rentals in Goa from Ziphop.in.
As Sri Mahalaxmi Temple is 4 kms from Ponda in the village Bandora in North Goa district, you can reach there by buses or taxis from Panjim or by your rent a self-drive car in Goa from Ziphop.in. However, the price of the rental and time taken depends on which area you are heading towards the Mahalakshmi temple. Temple timings are 6:00 am to 8:30 pm on all days.
What to see and do:-
This temple is built in the hollows of the valley. It is famous for its deity idol which wears the “Linga” on her head. The Idol is made of black granite stone which is kept in the inner sanctum of the temple. Another utsava idol of the same deity, made of panchloha (five metals) which is taken out for processions and festival rituals, is seated in a corner.
The magnificent temple also consists of the Deepa Stamba (the lamp post) which is a characteristic feature of Goa’s Konkani temple architectural designs. It has a small entrance at the one end with Naubat khana placed on the up and further to this is a village. The entrance of the temple is beautifully carved and covered in silver and gold. Every side of Mandapa’s entrance is designed with the arts of Hanuman who is known God of Monkey and Garoda Vishnu’s vehicle, half eagle and half man. The idol of goddess Mahalakshmi holding the sickle, a clubman dagger, a vessel of prasad and flowers on each of her four arms, calms a devotee’s eyes and fills his heart with peace. Two shrines of goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha have been built on either side of the temple. Navratri, Mahashivratri and Ram- Navami are the major festivals celebrated at this temple.
Where to eat:-
Kokni Kanteen, The Black Sheep Bistro, The Yellow Chilli, Bhojan and YO YO’s Roof Top are a few of the recommended food joints which serve delectable and mouth-watering dishes including various cuisines to customers and visitors. All these places are near the Mahalakshmi Temple.
Where to Stay:-
Laxmi Guest House, Laxmi Palace Resorts, Jasminn by Mango Hotels and Farmagudi Residency are a few of the nearby Hotels providing comfortable, luxurious and homely stay to their guest.
So all the devotees and tourists visiting Goa can go ahead and plan a trip to Sri Mahalakshmi Temple.