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Mahadeva Temple, Mollem National Park
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Mahadev Temple, Tambdi Surla is a 12th-century Shaivite temple of the Lord Mahadeva and an active place of Hindu worship. It is notable as the oldest temple in Goa, India.HistoryThe temple was built by Hemadri, the minister of the Yadava King Ramachandra. The Jain style construction has led to debates about the origins of the temple, since the Kadamba Dynasty ruled Goa between the tenth and fourteenth centuries. The temple is built in the Hemadpanthi style from basalt, carried across the mountains from the Deccan plateau and carved craftsmen. It is considered to be the only specimen of Kadamba-Yadava architecture in basalt stone preserved and available in Goa. The temple survived invasions and the Goa Inquisition due to its remote location in a clearing deep in the forest at the foot of the Western Ghats which surround the site.Religious significance and decorationThe temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is reminiscent of the temples at Aihole in neighbouring Karnataka. There is a linga (symbol of Lord Shiva) mounted on a pedestal inside the inner sanctum, and local legend has it that a huge king cobra is in permanent residence in the dimly lit interior.
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  • Located almost 11 kms away from Nature's Nest resort, this temple is just amazing! The Archeological Survey of India has spruced up the entire temple area and it looks just wow! Must visit for the his...  more »
  • The place and the drive trough the forest does not stop mermerizing you even while you are back at your home or hotel. The beauty of a river and the sound of pristine waters in the background while yo...  more »
  • Amazing temple that I would recommend seeing if you're visiting the area. Such a lovely quiet place that's so good for taking time away from the usual hustle and bustle of a lot of india 
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