Tag Archives: Deity

Goddess of fertility. Gajalaxmi is one of the 8 aspects of the Hindu Goddess Laxmi. In Goa this manifestation of the Goddess is associated with fertility. Her presence is especially pronounced in the villages along the Mandovi River basin where she is also referred to as Kelbai and Bhauka. The representation of Gajalaxmi in the […]

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Religious and cultural heritage of Goa. The next installment in my ongoing series features the Vetal from Priol, once a village of great beauty, shade, and quiet. These images, taken in 2007, assume an added sense of value as historic records given the pervasive trend of taking down the old temples on the pretext of […]

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An ancient shrine. The shrine of Siddhanath (Lord Shiva) is perched atop the eponymous hill at an elevation of 370 metres near the village of Borim, Goa. The linga here is of great antiquity dating back to the 12th C when the Nath Panthi movement flourished in Goa. This sect also established their presence elsewhere […]

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Today we call on the Vetal of Netravali, a remote village in Goa‘s forested southeast corner. The shrine is even further removed from the village but is well worth a visit, for the subject here cuts an imposing presence. In these rural pockets vestiges of ancient ways of life are still sensed. See this post […]

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This is the launch of a new series – the photographic documentation of the ancient Vetal idols of Goa. A few images have been included in earlier posts; those and the ones to follow are now consolidated at this link. In the village of Amona, the idol is fitted with a gleaming shell and wrapped […]

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