Har Har Harvalem..

24 Mar

 This weekend was a surprise planned for V. He had  worked hard for his exams and needed a change.. The exams got over  on 19/3 and results are to be announced on 28/3. At KVs the new session begins after a 6-7 day break. The next academic session begins on 1/ 04. So V  got a break ( and me too  from corrections and timetable making and report cards…!!)

We started after a light breakfast and heavy lunch basket.  Goa is known for not having too many good veg. restaurants. And we were travelling to the interior !In fact I took along coffee too.

We decided to go to a few places in North Goa. There are some famous temples and  other places of interest there. In Sanquelim, the mining town are three temples of repute. The  RadhaKrishna temple, The Dattaprasad Temple and the Vittal temple.. Anjunem Dam built on the River Valvanti is close by on the Chorla Ghat road.Also at a short distance is Harvalem laterite rock -cut caves of the 7th century and the Rudreshwar temple and Harvalem water falls.

We were eager to see the Vittal temple first .Here several  utsavs take place through out the year. On Gokulashtami, it is believed that Sant Tukaram visits this Vittal !!On Tripuraari Pournami,   this temple holds boat races.People build model boats and  float them down the River Valvanti. A night long mela is held. Chaitra Pournami is the time of annual jatra. It is said that this temple is 500 years old and that the Ranes were the ones who  built the temple. The River Valvanti meanders down below.The steps going down to the river are neatly paved and made skid proof.The  ghat has many small shrines holding paintings of famous devotees o Vittal like Sant Namdev , Jaana bai , Eknaath…The temple has the idols of Vittal ,Rukmini and Satyabhama. The neatness and beauty are seen to be believed. The wonderful chandeliers  and huge deepasthambas…lovely.

The river as seen here is bordered by trees . It is very  green all around. The water looked welcoming…but some people were washing clothes on the ghat .

To be contd.


One Response to “Har Har Harvalem..”

  1. niks March 25, 2008 at 5:22 pm #

    Your article reminds me of the Mangeshi temple in Goa. I like the architecture of this temple and have enjoyed each visit to this place.

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