the reign of Kadambas, in the thirteenth century, the Goan territory
thrived in all directions due to benign administration of the
enlightened rulers. Several temples were built for all the gods of
Hindu Pantheon, like Nageswar, Vithal, Santadurga, Mahalaxmi,
Ramnath etc. Unfortunately most of them were razed to ground by the
aliens, who are aliens to culture and refinement. After more than
400 years of darkness, some of the surviving shrines opened their
doors to carry on activities for public benefit.
account of foreign impact, many temples seem to be putting on a
vaneer of western civilization, but deep examination shows, that the
core of Hindu culture is remaining untainted. It is immaculate and
the temples renovated or built afresh, as in the past, agamic Pooja,
with all rituals, is being conducted demonstrating that the much
adored Hinduism has not lost its vitality, nor has bartered away its
glory during the foreign rule. The Mahadev temple at Tambdi Surla
where ancient traditions are followed serves as an example to this.
It was built first about 700 years back with all the necessary
parts, like garbhagriha, mukhamandapa, minishrines etc. Built in the
yadava style of architecture, it looks extremely grand. It is
lies 65 km off Panaji, in the Sangham taluq at the feet of the
Western ghats. It is accessible by four wheelers.