The deity of God Shiva is worshipped at Shri Mahadev Temple located at Tambdi Surla in North Goa. Mahashivratri is the only festival celebrated with great joy in the temple. The people from nearby villages gather to celebrate this holy festival. The temple dates back to the 12th century and was constructed in the Bagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary nearby Tambdi Surla village. It is one of the oldest temples in Goa which has survived over years, despite the Mughal and Portuguese invasions as it was constructed inside a dense forest. This temple is now maintained by the Archeological Survey of India.
About the Temple
As per the history, this temple was constructed by the Kadamba Queen named Kamladevi and therefore it depicts the Kadamba-Yadav architecture. The temple survived over the years and during the reign of different rulers due to its remote location.
About the Deity
The temple is built with grey-black basalt in the Hemadpanthi style, making it weather resistant. It is believed by some that the stone is grey black talc chlorite schist soap rather than grey-black basalt and was fetched from the Deccan Plateau. The condition of building of the temple has remained the unchanged over the years due to its superior quality of stone.
Legend and Stories
The temple is constructed in a unique way comprising of an Antarala, Nandi Mandapa and Garbhagriha. The Nandi Manpada consists of four pillars that are beautifully carved with elephants and are built to support the stone ceiling that is decorated with a carving of lotus flower. The panels at the side of the temple contain extraordinary carvings of God Vishnu, God Shiva and God Brahma. The deity of headless Nandi is installed in the mandap while the deity of God Shiva is enshrined in the inner sanctum along with Linga. The Garbhagriha is enclosed by three tired tower with half-finished top. The temple is located beside river Surla which adds to the beauty of the Mahadev Temple.
The festival of Mahashivratri is celebrated with great joy every year by the devotees.
The devotees can reach the temple by taking a bus from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand that is 66kms away from the temple. The Margao Railway Station and Vaco Da Gama Railway Station are 72kms and 58kms away from this temple respectively. Frequent transport facilities are available to reach the temple.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
The temple is open from 6AM to 9PM.