One of the capital city’s most discerning assets is the Mahalaxmi Temple. Located on the Dada Vaidya road (Rua de Saudade during the Portuguese times), the Mahalaxmi deity is the chief object of veneration for all Panjimites, irrespective of caste, class, sex or creed.
The city, blessed by three historic ecclesiastical monuments – the Jamma Masjid, the Church of Immaculate Conception and the Mahalaxmi temple – surprisingly standing on the same road pose a perfect symmetry of communal harmony and camaraderie.
This 182 year old temple has a fascinating history. In the 16th century the Havig Brahmins from Karwar-Kumtha areas who lived on alms and charity of others worshipped the Mahalaxmi deity and wherever they went in search of alms they carried this deity along. In the 16th century, they moved to Goa along with this diety and reached Taleigo village of which Panjim was then a mere ward, along the river Gomati (Mandovi).
Legend / Local stories
How to Reach:
Situated in Bandora Village, this temple lies 4 kms to the east of Ponda. It’s at a distance of some 45 kms from Naguesh Temple, and a drive down from there will take you around an hour to reach here.
Mahalaxmi Residency, Ponda – Margao Hwy, Tiska, Yashwant Nagar, Bandoda, Goa 403401