Shri Mahalaxmi Temple has arranged in the town of Bandora or Bandivade around 4 km from Ponda. This Temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu’s partner Mahalaxmi. The sanctuary is considered as the residence the first Goddess of the Shakti clique and its interesting element is that the Devi wears linga on her head. The symbol of Mahalaxmi with four arms holding a sickle, a club, a blade and a vessel containing Prasad and blooms, has a nearby likeness to that of Mahalaxmi icon at Kolhapur. Other than the principle dark rock stone icon, there was another symbol of the Devi made of panchaloha. The Sabhamandap has a display of 18 pictures, out of 24 pictures of emanatory parts of Bhagavata order., it is perhaps the biggest exhibition of wooden Images of Vishnu in India.
The Goddess Mahalaxmi was adored by the Shilahara rulers and the early Kadamba Kings of Goa. The sanctuary was initially in the town of Kolambe close present-day Colva shoreline. At the point when the Portuguese wrecked it, fans carried the murti of Mahalakshmi first to the town of Talaulim where it lived in the home of a minister. It was then moved to its present area in Bandivade in Ponda where a little sanctuary was built up in 1866. Updates and extensions have happened from that point onward. Today it is a grand case of Konkani sanctuary engineering in Goa.
The sanctuary has a cutting edge structure. The veneer is a delightfully improved curve and passageway with models of two elephants around the external tower. Confronting the veneer is a dark stone deepasthamba beside another deepasthamba bearing the sanctuary shading. Close by is a Tulsi Vrindavan. The sabha mandapa has delightful antique crystal fixtures connected to the roof. Its dividers are enhanced with artistic creations inscriptions of Lord Hanuman, Lord Garuda, and Lord Ganesha. The inward dividers are secured with compositions, etchings delineating accounts of the Puranas.
Navaratri is praised amazingly here. Different celebrations celebrated are Shri Ram Navami, Shri Mahalakshmi Pratishthapana Day in Vaishakha and Maha Shivaratri Festival in the long stretch of Magha. The fundamental symbol of the Goddess Mahalaxmi is additionally taken out during the celebration of Mahashivratri, on a chariot carried on the shoulders of lovers.
- Shri Mahalaxmi Temple Location: Bandora
- Shri Mahalaxmi Temple Transportation Options: Cab / Auto / Rental Bike
- Shri Mahalaxmi Temple Timings : 6 AM – 8 PM
- Shri Mahalaxmi Temple Entry Fee : Free