Tag Archives: Temple

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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Historic. The home of Goddess Morjai is part of the cluster of Goan Hindu temples distinguished by their kaavi (sgraffito) embellishments. Located in the beautiful eponymous village of Morjim in north Goa, this seat of worship is ancient although the main structure seen today was first rebuilt 80-100 years ago. These photographs were collected over […]

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Goa’s creator. Today is Akshaya Tritiya, the birthday of Parashurama, the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu. The Hindu puranas credit Parashurama as the creator of Goa and the adjoining coastal areas. Goa is often referred to as Parashurama–bhoomi, the Land of Parashurama. There is only one temple in Goa devoted to Parashurama located in the […]

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The series continues. The next chapter in the Vetals of Goa theme features the deity from Sanvordem. My introduction from the first post in the series is excerpted below:   From The Vetals of Goa: Amona The ancient deity of Vetal, its iconography and associated rituals, are important elements of, and unique to, Goa‘s Hindu […]

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