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Saraswat Temples of Goa

The Saraswat temples are located in the West Indian state of Goa. The priests of these temples belong to a Brahmin community called Saraswat Brahmins. The temples derive their name from these Brahmins. This Brahmin community is said to have originated on the banks of the legendary river Saraswati. Before India attained freedom, Goa was under Portuguese rule. During the Portuguese rule most of the Goan temples were destroyed. The Saraswat temples are few of the old temples that survived. These temples are characterised by simple architecture and natural beauty. Formerly these temples were surrounded by coconut groves and lakes.

Among the oldest Saraswat temples in Goa are the Mangeshi temple of Priol, the Shanta Durga temple at Kavele, the Ganapati temple at Khandole, the Maha Laxmi temple at Bandewade and the Sri Nagesh Maharudra temple at Bandora. Many Christian converts who were earlier devotees, still visit these temples.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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