Tambdi Surla

KSP_9743 The Mahadev Temple at Tambdi Surla in Goa was built by Hemadri, the minister of the Yadava King Ramachandra in the 12th/13th century, and is the finest example of architecture from the Kadamba period. It’s constructed from basalt carried across the mountains from the Deccan plateau, and survived invasions and the Goa Inquisition due to its remote location in a clearing deep in the forest at the foot of the Western Ghats. KSP_9723 If you intend to visit the temple, set aside most of the day as the route there is not an easy one, especially after the monsoons when the last stretch of track can be almost impassable with mud. KSP_9722 KSP_9718 The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There is a linga (symbol of Lord Shiva) mounted on a pedestal inside the inner sanctum, and local legend has it that a huge king cobra is in permanent residence in the dimly lit interior. KSP_9713 In the above picture note the carving of an elephant trampling a horse at the base of the right column, this is the symbol of the Kadamba kingdom. The temple faces east so that the first rays of the rising sun shine on the deity in the inner sanctum. KSP_9710 KSP_9709 KSP_9707 The festival of Mahashivratri is celebrated at the temple by local people residing in the surrounding villages. KSP_9704 KSP_9700 KSP_9695 Whilst visiting the temple be sure to walk down to the river Surla that flows nearby, there’s a flight of steps that leads you to the waters edge used for ritual bathing.

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  1. Nice place. Didn’t know about it even though we have visited Goa many times. Will surely plan in my next trip.
    Speciality of Shiva temple is that it is always situated near the water.

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