Built by the Bhoja king Chandravarman, Shri Chandreshwar Temple dates back to the 4th century. The temple is located at a height of 350 meters in Goa and is dedicated to Sri Chandeshwar, the revered deity of the Bhoja kings. The temple had seen many renovations and reconstructions over the years, the last being in 1877. You need to climb a rock stairway, surrounded by dense forest on the both sides, to reach to the temple. The stairway leads to a big entrance gate that opens out to a widespread carpet of grass. The main temple stands at some distance from there. There is a colourful mural with the Hindu mythology of Samudra manthan (Ocean of milk) carved on the top of the main temple's front. Inside the inner sanctum is resting the idol of Sri Chandeshwar, surrounded with a number of pillars on each side. The intricately carved walls of inner sanctum show mythological depictions. A stone statue of Nandi Bull and an intricately carved silver palakhi (palanquin) are the other attractions in the sanctum.
There are two parallel running passages circling the inner sanctum. The one passage leads to a Shivalinga which is carved out of a natural rock stone. There are a banyan tree and a small temple housing the idol of Bhootnath, made in 1917, on the right side of the temple. Shivratri, Mahashivratri and Hanuman Jayanti are the days when the temple is most crowded.
|Timings||All days of the week 5:30 AM - 8:30 PM|
|Visit Duration||Around 4 hours|