The Deepastambha is a characteristic feature found in the courtyards of Goa‘s Hindu temples. The word is formed by conjoining the Sanskrit words Deepa (lamp) and Stambha (pillar), and thus means “Pillar of Lamps.”
This photograph of the Deepastambha at the Mahalsa temple in Mardol was taken at daybreak.
A more modest Deepasthamba adorns the courtyard of the temple of Goddess Bhumika in the village of Chopdem.
An ancient Deepasthamba near the remains of Piso Ravlu temple in Mayem is embraced by a Peepal tree.