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In Goa’s Hindu heartland. The temple of Nagesh, a form of Shiva, has a special cultural and religious significance for Goa‘s Hindus. This is a site of great antiquity, dating to probably circa 7th century AD, and is the only major Goan temple currently in active service that remained unaffected by the trauma of the […]

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In Hindu tradition, Nagesh is a manifestation of Lord Shiva, and one of the 12 jyotirlingas. The ancient shrine of Nagesh in the village of Bandivade (also known as Bandode) in Goa probably dates as far back as the 7th C. Its interior location saved it from the depredations of the early Portuguese conquests. Historically […]

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The Deepastambha is a characteristic feature found in the courtyards of Goa‘s Hindu temples. The word is formed by conjoining the Sanskrit words Deepa (lamp) and Stambha (pillar), and thus means “Pillar of Lamps.” This photograph of the Deepastambha at the Mahalsa temple in Mardol was taken at daybreak.     A more modest Deepasthamba […]

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