A salient characteristic of the old temples and churches in Goa is their location – many are ensconced in exquisite surroundings. This shrine in the remote village of Maangaal (also spelled Mangal) in Goa‘s Quepem taluka sits in the middle of a cultivated paddy field.
I meandered into this luscious setting on an atmospheric monsoon morning this July. The shrine is dedicated to what are known as the Paik gods, subsidiary Hindu deities depicted as swordsmen on horses. The Paiks are worshipped by the Velip tribe common to these parts. Notice the terraced field in the foreground of the first image.