Goa is a chaste land and holds a special place in regards to the temples. They are quite different from other states, in respect to its style and idols. Although Goa is known as a land of Churches but temples in Goa are also a major religious center for devotees who come here from every part of the world.
Popular shrines to visit:
Sri Maha Lakshmi: It is located about 4 km from the town of Ponda. Lakshmi is the main deity of Panji and people believe it to be the holy abode of Shakti cult. This temple is not very old and was built recently. The festivals of Navaratri and Chaitra purnima are celebrated in a very grand manner. There is special chowka here which is very beautiful. Besides Devi Shakti, Sri Narayan, Sri Baleshwar and Sri Ravalnath idols are also placed here.
Sri Ananta: Located in the Ponda Taluka near Panji Sri Ananta is one of the most famous worship place for Hindus. It is also the only temple of Goa which is dedicated to Lord Ananta. The idol here is carved out of a black stone and the architecture is very small and appealing. The roof was made in the pyramid shape with tiles. Sri Ananta is quite charismatic holy abode of Lord Vishnu.
Sri Devaki Krishna: It is located 3 km from the Banastari bridge near Panji-Ponda road. Here the idol of Devaki is standing and Krishan is sitting beside her. It is the only temple of India where Krishna and his mother Devaki are placed together. One can worship other deities also which were brought from Chorao.
Sri Kalika: It is one of the most popular religious place for Hindus living in North Goa. It is located about 14 km from the Mapusa town and has a magnificent architecture. It is dedicated to Devi Kalika and is famous for its sculptures.