The Mallikarjun Temple, Canacona

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The Shri Mallikarjuna temple dedicated to Lord Mallikarjun, an incarnation of Lord Shiva is situated in the Sristhal village which is 7 km northeast of Chaudi in Canacona taluk in the South Goa district of Goa, India. The shrine is known to be one of the oldest in Goa and is situated amidst beautiful natural surroundings in a valley completely surrounded by mountains. The temple is believed to be constructed during the middle of the 16th century, as per the writing on a plaque near the temple dome, by ancestors of the Kshatriya samaj. It was refurbished in the year 1778. The main deity of the temple is referred to as Advat Sinhasanadheeshwara Mahapati by his devotees. His consort is referred to as Devati.There are about 14 Mallikarjuna shrines spread over Goa.The striking similarity in these shrines is that all idols are in phallic shape and covered with metallic masks accompanied by Trishula. These phallic shaped wooden idols are known as Nirakar by the local population. These idols probably point to the era when Natha Sampradaya was prominent in the Western Deccan region. The lingas are believed to be Swaymbhu lingas. According to the records two ancient shrines of Mallikarjun existed in Bardez at Assgao and Pomburpa which were demolished by the Portuguese.The temple has around 60 Hindu deities and it celebrates a number of festivals with the annual jatra being the most unusual amongst most of the festivals in Goa. The temple also celebrates the festivals of Rathasaptami and Shigmotsav which attract a number of devotees.
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  • This wonderful temple with its ancient wood carvings is definitely worth a visit. The tame cows on the grounds are happy about petting units.
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  • I've visited this temple several times and knew it would be an important time for worshippers this week due to the Mahashivaratri festival so I took my friend to show her the place in the morning. The...  more »
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  • Nice temple in Canacona, Goa with marriage hall associated with it. But the place is far from the main road. One need own vehicle or two wheeler to reach here.
  • Sweet place with lots of small temples which makes all the things beautiful
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