SRI NAVDURGA AT MADKAI

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Location: Village Marcaim, 9-km East Of Ponda, Goa
Presiding Deity: Navdurga
Ancient Temple: 500 years old


9-km to the east of Ponda in the village Marcaim amidst sylvan background is situated the temple of Navdurga. The temple is said to be about 500 years old and was renovated in 1603 AD.

In the centre or Garbhagriha of the temple is a stone idol of the Goddess placed on a raised platform. The idol in standing position is four feet and her peculiarity lies in her pose; that is her neck which is slightly bent to the left and she is in the form of "Mahisasurmardini".

The annual fair from Kartika Vadya 4 to 10 is considered to be a religious gathering in which people participate in large number.

As one proceeds further, one comes across a string of beautiful temples nestling amidst swaying palms and abundant greenery. They include the Ganesh Temple at Farmagudi, which is known for the visit of Maratha warrior "Sambhaji".


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