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Ganesha of Caranzol

Precious heritage.

Ganesh Chathurthi 2017 falls on Friday, Aug 25. Festival greetings to all!

A 30 mins trek through a forest in the remote village of Caranzol-Sattari in Goa leads to the remarkable sight of a grove sheltering an ancient sculpture of Ganesha along with a Shivalinga and Nandi cheek by jowl. These are most likely from the Chalukyan era of over 1000 years ago.

I would like to thank the Goan environmentalist, researcher, author, and Sattari expert, Rajendra Kerkar, for bringing these treasures to my attention. We were guided to the spot by Sachin Gawde, a local, and the village dog (whose name I forgot to record).

Ancient Ganesha idol in "Lingachi Moli', Caranzol, Goa

Ancient Ganesha in Caranzol, Goa
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Ancient Ganesh idol in "Lingachi Moli', Caranzol, Goa

Linga, Ganesha, Nandi
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Ancient Ganesh idol in "Lingachi Moli', Caranzol, Goa

Lingachi Moli – Grove of the Shivalinga
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Sachin Gawde at Lingachi Moli, Caranzol, Goa

Our guides: Caranzol local Sachin Gawde and the village dog
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