Temple Details

Mahadev temple   Goa

About mahadev temple

Tambdi Surla Temple, also known as the Mahadev Temple, was possibly built in 1271 AD by Hemadri, the minister of the Yadava king Ramachandra. There are several fascinating details about the Jain style construction which has led to disputes on the real origins of the temple since the Kadamba Dynasty ruled Goa between the tenth and fourteenth centuries. 

 that survived from the Portuguese as it was set next to a stream in the middle of the small clearing, hidden in the dense jungle. The Tambdi Surla temple dedicated to Lord Shiva has a pillared porch and three stepped entrances. The temple is built in the Hemadpanthi style from the finest weather-resistant grey-black basalt. It is considered to be the only specimen of Kadamba-Yadava architecture in basalt stone preserved and available in Goa.

According to history researcher Prajal Sakhardande it was built in the 12th century by the Kadamba queen Kamladevi and is not made of basalt, as it is believed, but of grey-black talc chlorite schist soapstone. This makes the intricate handwork adorning the walls of the temple still seem fresh, as it is weather resistant.

The Tambdi Surla temple dedicated to Lord Shiva has a pillared porch and three stepped entrances and the shrine surmounted by a tower. It is quite small with a small passageway and has Shiva's vehicle, a headless Nandi bull in the center of the main porch.
A solid piece of the stonework is the lotus shape carved out of the porch's ceiling. The pierced stone screen carrying the figures of deities that surrounds the door of the vestibule is another notable feature.In February/ March on the festival of Mahashivratri hundreds of devotees assemble here and according to folklore, the temple has an unfinished look as the Pandavas of Mahabharata built it in a hurry in a single night.

You will be enchanted by the sheer beauty of Tambdi Surla Temple and the magical surroundings. It’s peaceful, breathtakingly beautiful and quiet. The hush of the forested region is only broken by birdsong and the swiftly rushing stream.

The small, beautifully carved and perfectly proportioned black basalt temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is reminiscent of the temples at Aihole in neighboring Karnataka. The temple has survived Muslim invasions and Portuguese persecution, in its almost perfect condition mainly due to its remote location in a clearing deep in the forest at the foot of the Western Ghats which surround the site in a sheer wall of impenetrable vegetation.

The temple is located at the foot of the Anmod Ghat, which connects Goa to the state of Karnataka. It is considered to be the only specimen of Kadamba-Yadava architecture in basalt stone preserved and available in Goa.

Being located at Dabolim, Goa International Airport is also known as Dabolim Airport. It is located at a distance of 29 km from the capital of Goa to Panaji. This airport operates various domestic and international flights to connect the city with other major cities of the nation and every corner of the world. 

Goa has developed rail routes that easily connect the city with other cities. There are two prominent railway stations in Goa, which are Madgaon Railway Station and Vasco-da-Gama Railway Station. Konkan Railway which is located at Margao operates trains between Mumbai and Panaji. It also operates trains to other destinations as well. The Nizamuddin Goa Express is the only train that has access from South Central Railway. It departs from Delhi and reaches Goa via Pune.

The city is very well connected with other cities through roadways. The roads of the city have access to many public and private buses. Many Government undertakings such as KSRTC, MSRTC and KTC are operated from Madgaon, Panaji and Vasco Da Gama. There are daily bus services to Goa from Mumbai and Pune. Kadamba and Panaji are the two major bus terminuses of Goa. The state bus services of Goa, Karnataka, and Maharashtra have access to operate from these terminuses. One can also enjoy traveling through super deluxe A/C buses from Mumbai and Bangalore. 

Goa offers shipping services from Mumbai to Panaji making journey exciting and comfortable for its tourists.


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The magical setting of Mahadeva Temple, the quiet of the surroundings and the feeling of being transported into the past make this spot surreal – a heady blend of the spiritual and the beautiful…a place where nature and God seem to have come together to create a magical spot.


Being a Shiva temple, the festival of Mahashivratri is celebrated with pomp and gaiety at the Tambdi Surla Temple by devotees. People come here from all over the region to pay their respects and offer their prayers, after a holy dip in the nearby Surla River which flows through this pristine location.