This Temple is located in the city of Panjim, off Dada Vaidya road at the Altino foothill. The deity of the temple originally came from the village of Taleigaon and was moved to Bicholim in the 16th century to escape Portuguese destruction.
About The Deity
The deity is Goddess Mahalaxmi (the Hindu Goddess of Wealth). The idol is made of black stone, with four hands and is placed in a silver canopy. This is the peaceful form of Devi.
Legends and Stories
The Havig Brahmins from Karwar-Kumtha area who lived on charity worshipped the Goddess Mahalaxmi and wherever they went they carried this deity along. In the 16th century, they moved to Goa along with this deity and reached Taleigaon village of which Panjim was then a mere ward, along the river Gomati. The Havig Brahmins whose whole day was spent begging for alms had sought shelter in the precinct of the Vetal temple. But, fearing desecration of their idol made of marble, they moved away from Taleigaon to Panjim.
The original idol today lies in a small box in the rear wall of the temple which faces the present day main deity of Goddess Mahalaxmi. The magnificent sabhamandap (hall) of the temple has been added later. The Sabhamandap (hall) was then rebuilt in 1983.
A lot of devotees come to the Mahalaxmi temple during Hindu festivals like Dusshera and Mahashivaratri. The main festivals celebrated here are Navratri and Chaitra Poornima. In February also a big fair is held during the Maruthi Zatra festival that draws a large number of devotees.
Goa’s airport, Dabolim, is 29 km south of Panjim is the nearest airport.
The nearest railway station is at Margao.
The Kadamba Bus Terminal in Pato, is the nearest bus terminus.
Shree Mahalaxmi Temple
Panjim, Dada Vaidya Road,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Removal of debt
- Good health
- Family welfare
- Attainment of noble positions
Adhilakshmi Namasthesthu Parabrahma Swaroopine Yeshodhehi Dhanamdehi Sarvakamamcha Dehimey Mangaley Mangaladhare Mangalya Manggalapradhey Mangalartham Mangalesi Mangalyam Dehime Sadaaaa
Meaning -Goddess Adilakshmi, the supreme Brahman, we offer our salutations to you and ask you to grant us wealth and prosperity. Fulfill our wishes O auspicious Goddess for you are auspiciousness personified and you grant auspiciousness. Grant us eternal happiness and prosperity.
Namasthesthu Mahamaye Sri Petesura Poojithey Sanguchakra Gatha Hasthey Mahalakshmi Namosthuthey Namasthey Garudaroodey Kolasurea Bayankari Sarva Papa Hare Devi Mahalakshmi Namosthutehy
Meaning -Oh all powerful Mahalakshmi, the seat of wealth and who devas worship, salutations to you, for you are one who has a conch, a disc and a mace in your hands.
Namastulasi Kalyaani Namo Vishhnupriye Shubhe Namo Moksha Pradey Devii Namah Sampatpradaayinee
Meaning -I bend down to Tulasi, who is so dear to Lord Vishnu and who bestows good luck on devotees, who helps one attain salvation and who bestows wealth on all devotees.
Samudra Vasaney Devi Parvathasthana Madale ; Vishnupatnii Namasthubhyam Paadha Sparsham Kshamashamey
Meaning -Oh Mother Earth, I beg your forgiveness for placing my feet on you, the one who wears oceans, forests and mountains and Lord Vishnu's wife, I bow to you.
Morning 6 AM to Evening 9 PM