Harvalem… Pandyan caves of laterite stones

28 Mar

 From Sanquelim we went a few kilometres north to Harvalem.

It is a protected site . It has five laterite caves housing Shiva Lingas in each. Each linga differs in shape. Some have Bramhi inscriptions too.One looks like  an arrowhead, another has a halo around it.There is yet another cave which is said to be a kitchen..The ASI has  posted a personnel there who guides and guards the place.He was helpful.

We then went to Harvalem / Arvalem’s Rudreshwar temple. It is situated near a roaring waterfalls . The water collects into Bheem Kund. This is a cool,green pool used for performing last rites.The whole place is very peaceful. we had our lunch there. I had carried food from home .When we were about to leave a foreign tourist arrived . He was smoking. When I gestured for him to go elsewhere, he argued that it was an open space. I protested that it was a place of worship. It fell on deaf ears…We just chose to leave the place.

 Sadly this is the picture of Goa now.

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5 Responses to “Harvalem… Pandyan caves of laterite stones”

  1. dinsan March 28, 2008 at 11:48 am #

    Have you got any picture ?

  2. neel3 March 28, 2008 at 12:04 pm #

    @dinsan : I am uploading..

  3. niks March 30, 2008 at 5:21 pm #

    The last bit about the foreign tourist makes me feel why only Indians across the world are criticized for not adhering to rules while visiting abroad. The real picture is that it has got nothing to do with our nationality, but more to do with each human’s upbringing.

  4. neela March 30, 2008 at 6:05 pm #

    You said it !

  5. srik May 20, 2008 at 12:08 pm #

    Oh! that Goa we see as tourists is so different from all these!

    Yeah… when I say to my frnds that I’ve seen 7 temples across Goa, they get a shock of their lifetime! They ask me… “Goa nalli templessooo iveya”!!

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