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Shree Mahalasa Narayani Temple, Mardol

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In Goa, the goddess Mahalasa is accepted as Vishnu's consort. The temple was constructed in early 16th century. The deity has been originally from Verna and was moved to Mardol to avoid the Portuguese destruction during the early days of the inquisition. 

At the entrance to the temple is an artistic, seven storied lamp tower, which is known as a deepstambh. Made entirely from brass, this tower stands 12.5 metres high . During the annual Zatra in February and on special festival days like the Navratri, the 12.5 meter brass lamp is entirely lit. It is thought to be the largest lamp of its kind in India. The inner hall of the temple has carvings of the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu that have been resplendently painted. An embellished silver frame adorns the doorway to the sanctum. The pillars outside the temple are also exquisitely carved. The deity is worshipped by many especially mahajans of  Kaushika, Atri, Bharadwaj and Vatsa gotras. The Goddess Mahalasa was a much feared deity and justice dispensed by taking oath under the "Justice Bell" was recognized even by Portuguese courts.

The deity was originally from Verna and was moved to Mardol to avoid the Portuguese destruction during the early days of the Inquisition. In the front of the temple lies a unique lamp tower and during the annual Zatra in February and on special festival days like the Navratri, a special 12.5 m brass lamp is lit. It is thought to be the largest lamp of its kind in Goa and India. The pillars outside the temple are also exquisitely carved.

Location   Ponda Goa 

 

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