Temples in Goa - Shri Mahalsa Narayan Temple in Goa,a temple in Goa is situated in the village Mardol, which is just 1km from Mangueshi.
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This is the 17th century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu's incarnation, Mohini (Narayani)and his consort Goddess Lakshmi (Mahalsa).
Shri Mahalsa Narayani is considered the family deity or Kuladevata of many Hindus, in western and southern India.
Shri Mahalsa's main temple is situated at Mardol village in Goa and other temples also exists in the states of Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra and Gujarat
The Shri Mahalsa Narayan Temple in Goa was earlier situated in the village of Verna in Salcette Taluka of Goa, long before Portuguese occupied Goa.
Shri Mahalsa at Mardol in Goa - Now the premises of the temple nestled on the beautiful plateau was historically known Varenyapur or Varunapur and locally known as Old Mardol.
There is no historical evidence as to when this temple was built at Varenyapur or as to who brought the deity here.
A unique feature in Shri Mahalsa Narayan Temple in Goa is the appearance of Shri Mahalsa in different Alankaars at different times , sometimes during various times of the day.
The Dipa Stambha of the temple is splendid 21 tiers,held by Kurma , the tortoise incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The Mnadapa of the temple has intricate wood carvings and parakeet panels on the ceiling and huge rounded pillars hold the Sabhamandapa at the entrance.
The ardent devotee sees the deity in the form of many Gods and Godesses Here at the temple daily after Nirmalya Visarjan, the deity is decorated with Kumari Alankaar.
On every Ekadashi, or first moon the deity is decorated with Shri Vithoba Alankaar.
The Alankars of the deity can be seen in the following series:
- Shri Kumari Alankar,
- Shri Vithoba Alankar,
- Shri Lakshmi Alankar,
- Shri Narayan Alankar,
- Shri Venkatesh Alankar,
- Shri Murlidhar Alankar,
- Shri Balakrishna Alankar,
- Shri Ananta Shayan Alankar,
- Shri Ram Alankar,
- Shri Kaliya Mardan Alankar
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