We all love Goa. The relaxed vibes, unlimited booze, tranquil beaches & the fun shacks all of which are reminiscent of the Goan experience. But ever wondered, we could also visit Goa to be closer to God –literally.
Being a South Indian with origins in Karnataka & having our Kulla devastana (ancestral family temple) in Goa, I have visited Goa almost every other year since childhood. And when with family I’ve mostly lived in South Goa. I love the peace that my Kuldevata temple which is located in Ponda offers. It is the temple of Shree Ramnathi who is the Lord of Rama, namely Shiva and is managed by the Saraswat Brahmins. If you visit this side of Goa, you will see a lot of community managed temples like Shantadurga temple, Mangeshi temple and the likes.
As kids, Goa used to be our annual holiday destination where we would live in our temple premises for a couple of days and then head to the beaches of South Goa, mainly Colva. I have very fond memories of visiting the temple town of Ponda which has approximately 8-10 temples within a small area. One can spend an entire day in visiting these temples and the famed Basilica of Bom Jesus in old Goa.
I equally love South Goa as much as I love North Goa. Goan temples, the quiet beaches & the commercial beach of Colva can provide a very different experience as compared to the nightlife that North Goa provides. A visit to South Goa isn’t complete without visiting these beautiful churches (built around the 16th century) and temples.
So, if you are looking for some peace and want a spiritual / religious getaway destination, Goa can be one of your options. Listing a few of the temples & churches of North Goa.
- Basilica of Bom Jesus
- Chapel of St. Catherine
- Convent of St. Francis of Assisi
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