If there was ever a temple in Goa that observed a plethora of ceremonies and paid homage to a similar number of deities then it would have to be the Sri Damodar Temple. Located in close proximity to the Alila Diwa Goa which is a fine beach resort in Goa to stay in, the shrine features a wealth of tales that would take you back to the days of the Mahajans of Madgaon. Having undergone reconstruction, the temple now stands as a beacon in Goa, drawing in crowds in their numbers, particularly when the dates of local festivals are around the corner.
Presided by the most revered deity of Sri Damodar along with other deities such as Sri Ramnath, Sri Mahesh and Sri Gomeshwar, the temple can be easily reached as it is a mere 22km from Margaon. The main focus of the temple and its inhabitants is to provide devotees an opportunity to receive the Darshan of Sri Damodar and its other deities. One should thing of visiting the temple on a Monday as on this day one would be able to witness the weekly procession of where the idol of Sri Damodar is paraded around the main temple pausing at not less than 14 stations. Some of the more important of celebrations include Vasant Puja, Maha Navami, Holi and of course the Maha Shivaratri festival which is a sacred festival in the Hindu calendar. One might also want to receive the blessings of one of the deities of the temple before setting out to take on more of what Goa has to offer.
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