Devaki-Krishna of Mashel

The village of Mashel (also spelled Marcela) in Goa holds a unique distinction: it is said to be the only site in India where Krishna is worshipped alongside his biological mother, Devaki. The origins of this unusual practice are lost in the mists of antiquity. What we know is that an ancient temple of Devaki-Krishna was the pride of the nearby island of Chodan (Chorão). After it was sacked by the Portuguese soon after their arrival in the early 16th C, the idol was squirreled away by the hapless villagers to the hamlet of Mayem. Eventually it found a safe haven in Mashel where it was reconsecrated around the year 1560.

To me this temple has special significance for Devaki-Krishna is the family deity of the Parrikar clan. Temples in Goa are a great deal more than just religious sites. They hold records of family lines and serve as repositories of socio-cultural lore. The annual festival (known as zatra) at the Devaki-Krishna temple is held every January and this year it falls on the 27th.

The first two images below were taken in August 2012.

Devaki and baby Krishna of Mashel, Goa

Devaki and baby Krishna of Mashel, Goa
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 100 f/2 MP


Utsav murthy of Krishna made of the stem of the Tulsi tree
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP


Now a rant about this photo of the temple, taken in July 2007: I have tried to mask the ugliness as best I can, but it is a tough task. The once beautiful temple grounds now present an unsightly look. The new Indians have lost their aesthetic soul. In Goa the fashion of the day is to take down old temples and replace them with concrete rubbish which is then painted in psychedelic colours not even Photoshop can tame. In those instances where alterations to old temples are undertaken, any hint of open space is plugged and the dwelling converted into a de facto rathole. I call this phenomenon “Tata Engineering,” a toxic combination of Indian ‘architects,’ ‘engineers,’ and ‘planners.’ The two key axioms of this tribe are: (1) Thou shalt never design anything fit or safe for human use, and (2) Thou shalt make things as hideous as possible, and then some.

Devaki-Krishna Temple at Mashel

Devaki-Krishna Temple at Mashel
5D, 24-105L

  • H Saigiridhar Rao - January 18, 2017 - 10:14 am

    Dear friends, I am travelling to Mashel tomorrow morning by my Royal Enfield 350.
    Every year I attend Sharada pooja celebration at my Uncle’s home in Mangalore after which I travel down to Mashel with my family as it is our Kuladevatha.
    For the last three years I couldn’t make it, after my Amma’s death in 2014.Now I am looking forward to my visit to our Kuladevatha’s abode and I am thrilled about it.ReplyCancel

  • Madhav Vijay Prabhu, Kumta - December 25, 2016 - 3:35 pm

    Wow…. Its a really great page…. I liked it a lot….In my native that is KUMTA in KARNATAKA there is a place called KAGAL there is a statue of DEVAKI KRISHNA….It’s the oldest statue which formerly resided in marcel…. Here by i request all the devotees to visit once to this place and seek the blessings…..ReplyCancel

  • Manoj Joshi - December 5, 2015 - 6:12 am

    I would like to have a photograph of Shri Devaki Krishna idol. Please let me know in case you have one.

    Manoj JoshiReplyCancel

  • Jaywant Dharwadkar - March 30, 2014 - 12:36 am

    Your pictures and clarity of the pictures are really remarkable. I am huge fan on your photo blog. I am maintaining the DevakiKrishna page on FB through my own little efforts. I would really appreciate if I can post some of your pictures on this FB page. Or if you can post the same on my page that will be great. Would love to get in touch with you.

    My details are – Jaywant Dharwadkar
    Email – dharwadkar@gmail.comReplyCancel

  • Sivaprasad Madhav Prabhu - December 18, 2013 - 11:17 am

    Dear Parrikar Mam, thank you very much for the Blog & the excellent photo of our Kuladeavatha…ReplyCancel

  • Deepesh - November 9, 2013 - 11:23 am

    Thanks Rajan for the information and sharing the beautiful pic of GOD Devaki KrishnaReplyCancel

  • vnm - January 6, 2013 - 4:22 am

    Following Arun,

    saccidānandarūpāya kṛṣṇāyākliṣṭakāriṇe |
    namo vedāntavedyāya gurave buddhisākṣiṇe ||ReplyCancel

  • Arun - January 5, 2013 - 2:52 am

    Vasudeva sutam devam Kamsa-Chanur mardanam
    Devaki paramanandam Krishnam vande jagatgurum.ReplyCancel

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