Ancient Temple but renovated in 1780 A. D. by Shri Wadiye from
Kumbarjuvem on behalf of his mother-in-law, Smt. Savitri Kamat, widow
of Shri Narayan Kamat.
Deity : Shri Nagesh Maharudra. Other Deities : Shri
Laxmi Narayan and Shri
Festivals : On every Monday evening, the procession of Shri
Nagesh in shibika till 09:30 pm., Shri
Laxmi Narayan on every Dashmi, and Shri
Ganapati on every fourth day of each month (Vinayaki) in the same
manner except in the Chatur mas.
Seva : The consultation of oracle is made by placing boiled rice
grains to the pindika on the days except Mondays, Ekadashi, Amavasya
and all festival days.
: This is an ancient Kuladevata temple of GSBs belonging to
Kaushik Gotra (Surnames: Nayak, Shanbhag, Shenai, Rao, Kelkar etc),
Vatsa Gotra (Surnames: Pai, Kamat, Kamath, Shenvi, Mallya, Kaikini,
Asgekar etc.) and Bharadwaj Gotra (Prabhu). In addition the families
of Dhempo and Gharse are also worshippers.
Details : Located at Bandiwade or Antruz Mahal. Situated on
Pharmagudi-Kavalem-Ponda road about 800 meters from Pharmagudi, 26.2
kms. from Panaji on Panaji-Belgaum Highway.
Interesting places : The surroundings are encircled by ranges of
hills on the three sides, and the river Aghanashini flows on the
fourth side. A rivulet flows round the year through the heart of the
village on its either side. One can see the dark green fields. There
are number of springs found in several places in the surrounding
hills with areca plantations. The temple is facing west and in front
is the temple tank. The water here is ever flowing and is clean.
"Pillar of Shri Mangesh, Dome of Shri Shantadurga, Tank of Shri
Nagesh, Square of Shri Mahalasa and Gana of Shri Kamakashi",
this is a popular saying in Goa. The temple of Shri Jagdamba
Mahalaxmi is just 300 metres away.
: Shri Nagesh Temple is a "Swayambhu" shrine of Lord
Shankar known for its miraculous myths. The history is not available
at present, except a reference in the folk songs. The environs known
as Nagzar had in the past a grove of Shami trees. As the legend goes
a cow-boy noticed that a cow from his herd used to visit the place
regularly and showered milk. This led to the discovery of Shivlinga.
A distinctive feature of Devasthan is that it was unaffected by the
religious persecution of Portuguese rulers in the 16th Century. This
was because at that time Antruj of Ponda Mahal was not under the
domain of the Portuguese power and this facilitated the transits of
Saraswat deities Shri Nagesh, Shantadurga, Ganapati etc. to Antruz
& Bhatagram (Dicholi). In the compound of the Devastan, there is
an inscription, which is an undisputed document about the antiquity
of this temple. It relates to a gift of Lands named after 'Vedakhandikechem
Kulagar', 'Nagzri Mallo, paddy field & 'Ruvo Kulagar' in favour
of the deities of Shri Nagesh & Shri Mahalaxmi for sevas on
Kartik Poornima by Shri Mayeen Shenvi Wagle, an officer of the
kingdom, in the year 1413 A.D. or 1335 Saka, during the rule of King
Veer Pratap Devaraya of Vijay Nagar. At that time, Shri Nanjan
Gosavi was the Governor of Goa. In those days the deity was known as
Nagnath, as stated in a copper plate, bearing the year 1229 Saka,
found in Savai Verem. One stone idol of Uma - Mahesh & one of
Ganesh have been found in the compound of the temple. From the style
of the sculpture the Archaeologists are of the opinion that they
belong to the Seventh and Eighth century respectively. Therefore, it
is beyond doubt that the temple existed here even before the Seventh
for Darshan Seva)
SAUNSTHAN NAGESH MAHARUDRA (SHRI NAGESH DEVASTHAN), PONDA.
- Ponda, Goa - 403401. Tel. : (0832) 335039.