Timings : 12:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Entry Fee : 6:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Shri Mahalsa Temple is a half a century old temple dedicated to Goddess Mahalsa located in Mardol in North Goa. The temple is dedicated to Shri Mahalasa Narayani, who is also known of Mohini, an Avatar or incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Built in the traditional Hindu style of temple architecture, characterised by a splendid copper roof, a granite mandap and an ancient bell; the temple is a must visit for its calm and serene surroundings. Mahalasa Temple is also famous for its stunning idol of the deity that appears in different 'alankaars' (Jewelry) at different times. It is a must visit for those who wish to gain an insight into the culture of Goa that goes beyond beaches and partying.
It is believed that the temple was also once the place where divine judgements were carried out by the holy men to settle disputes of the land. The best time to visit the temple is on Sunday, which is regarded as the Goddess' day. On this day she is taken on a walk around the temple in a palanquin amid much pomp and show as well as the chanting of Bhajans and prayers. Please note, however, that western dressing and revealing clothing is strictly prohibited in the temple for both - men and women. There have been quite a few number of instances where devotees have been turned away for the same. Make sure that you dressed in modest attire, preferably Indian, when you plan your visit to this holy place.
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