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The Goddess Eternal.

The serene village of Keri in Goa serves as the seat of Goddess Vijayadurga, the Triumphant Mother, in whom are reified the attributes of valour and compassion.

Keri is the archetypal Goan village in the heartland: ringed by hills, fortified by forests, graced by temples, and soothed by birdsong. It is the birthplace and home of Kesarbai Kerkar, one of the greatest musicians of the 20th C. Kesarbai’s voice represents India on the Voyager Golden Record currently coasting in the vast emptiness of interstellar space.

The shrine of Vijayadurga has its origins in the 16th C. This photo essay and the accompanying video short are an attempt to convey a sense of the place. The temple celebrates its annual festival – zatra – next week.

Vijayadurga Temple, Keri, Goa

Dome over the sanctum
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Vijayadurga Temple, Keri, Goa

Vijayadurga Temple, Keri
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Vijayadurga Temple, Keri, Goa

Devi Vijayadurga
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Pandurang Jethar, Vijayadurga Temple in Keri, Goa

Head poojari Pandurang-bab Jethar
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Vijayadurga temple jatra in Keri, Goa

Seated in the palanquin
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Vijayadurga temple jatra in Keri, Goa

Music for the Goddess
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Vijayadurga temple jatra in Keri, Goa

Flower vendors at the zatra
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Vijayadurga Temple, Keri, Goa

Aerial view – Vijayadurga Devasthan
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Vijayadurga Temple in Keri, Goa

First rays of the sun
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  • Subhash Desai - April 20, 2018 - 7:50 pm

    Dear Rajan
    Excellent work
    I am too a resident of Keri and incidentally your junior at GEC.
    Love your other blogs as well as the collection of classical music.

    Subhash DesaiReplyCancel

  • Manohar Desai - April 20, 2018 - 4:34 am

    Dear Mr Rajan Parrikar, Thank you for writing beautiful article on my most loved place. It would be great favour if you could share the pictures of the temple.
    Congratulations on your splendid work…
    Keep doing good work.ReplyCancel

  • Varsha Jathar - April 20, 2018 - 2:18 am

    We belong to this village n Jathar family. Green colour house is ours, currently we are located in Sydney and my mother in law stays at Keri… Thank you for this beautiful video n serene pictures of temple and surroundings.
    This place is absolutely bliss and gives you peace of mind . I really miss being there .. specially winter n rainy season as it’s more natural during these days.
    Appreciate your realistic skills.
    Keep doing the good work.
    Thanks again.
    Best Regards
    Varsha, ShishirReplyCancel

  • Cibele Aldrovandi - December 19, 2017 - 5:51 pm

    Definitely one of the most peaceful and beautiful temples I’ve been last year while in Goa. The sides have wonderful Kaavi art. Thank you so much for sharing these lovely photos and video.ReplyCancel

  • Shantanoo Laghate - November 30, 2017 - 8:21 am

    Dear Mr. Rajan ji,
    It was a pleasant surprise to meet you with Jathar Guruji in Vijaya Durga Mandir , Keri when you had come to shoot the picturesque Locale around Vijaya Durga Mandir. You have done a marvellous work of filming the Vijaya Durga Mandir and the Virupaksha Mandir!!
    Needless to say I have been your fan for last 10 years or so. Vijaya Durga Devi blesses you for the service that you are doing Rajan ji!
    Shantanoo Laghate

  • Roheet Hede - November 25, 2017 - 8:28 pm

    Wonderful blog. Love your work.ReplyCancel

  • Sajo Naik - November 25, 2017 - 12:37 pm

    Absolutely stunning–images and the video footage.ReplyCancel

  • Bob_B - November 25, 2017 - 5:47 am

    Beautiful photos Rajan. Your video panning was exceptional, especially the sequence around 2:20. Great work. – BobReplyCancel

  • Yogesh Naik - November 24, 2017 - 8:43 pm

    Lovely photography Rajan babReplyCancel

  • Hemant Naik - November 24, 2017 - 4:50 pm

    Absolutely loved the photography and the video. Well done, Mr. Parrikar. Ustad Bismillah Khan’s music is the perfect background music choice.

    Goan Villages, Temples and Churches are just so serene and peaceful. Blessed to be from Goa.ReplyCancel

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