The trip to the dudhsagar falls completely refreshed me. I was completely charged up to visit other monuments and locations of Goa. The next place where I headed to was one of the famous temples
of Goa known as the Laxmi Narsimhar Temple. It is one of the oldest temples in Goa and is located in the Velinga town of
The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his wife Goddess laxmi. The temple is said to have been made in the 18th century but the deities inside the temple were transferred somewhere in the
late 16th century. Lord Vishnu is shown in his Narsimha avatar or man lion. The hall which leads to main temple is decorated with images of the different incarnations of Lord
The Laxmi Narsimha temple is beautifully decorated both from inside and
outside. There is a water tank at the far end of the temple which has coconut palms on all the sides. The gateway to this tank is very nicely decorated and the locals take bath here on auspicious
days. After the visit to the water tank I went to visit the musician gallery which is located nearby.
I talked to a few locals and the priests of the temples to know more about the culture and heritage about this temple. I was told that the main festivals which are celebrated here are Manguirish
zatra which falls in middle of February, Sri Ram navami and the navrartri festival. One thing however which I didn’t like about the temple was that it doesn’t allow entry to the non believers as
they are allowed only to have look at it from outside.
This visit was also very beautiful. The knowledge and realisations of the different facets of the Goan diversity and culture truly enthralled me. The temple is certainly a must visit for all the
people who visits Goa. Places like these prove that there is so much more to Goa than the sea beaches and cheap beer.
Once I was done visiting the temple I headed for a visit to one of the beautiful beaches of Goa known as the Vagator Beach.