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Priol town is 21 kilometers from Panaji. The famous Mangesh Temple is the oldest Shiva Temple in Goa. The deity was shifted from Cor-talim to its present site about 1565. The main Temple has an area of 2871 square meters. The Linga is on a round platform in the sanctum. There is a lamp pillar at the entrance. The sacred tank of the Temple is illuminated dur¬ing Festivals. The Linga is covered with a gold or silver facial plaque depicting God Mangesh. Another ' famous Temple here is the Mahalasa Narayani Temple. The idol of the god.was shifted to this site in 1567 from verna. The Goddes is said to fulfill all desires of her devotees and has a very large following. The temple has very intricate wood carvings on the pillers and the walls. The floor of the hall is of marble and the roof is decorated with creeper designs. In the sanctum is the image of Mahalasa Narayani.

Quelula is near Ponda. The famous Shantadurga Tempie is in this town. The idol was shifted from Que* Quelulalossim in 1567. The Raja of Satara Built the Temple. Built in the usual Goa style, the Temple has the deepstambha (lamb pillar) in the courtyard. The Temple has marble flooring and the roof is highly decorated. The door leading to the sanctum is silver plated. The image is placed in the middle with a Linga on one side and an idol of Narayan inside a separate structure towards the North. A seven day Fair is held every year at the temple and thousands of persons from all over attend the Fair. Another Temple nearby is the Kaileshwar Temple. The sanctum of this Temple has a self ex¬istent Linga.

Raia Town is 41 kilometers away from Panaji. The Rachol Fortress is a very old Fort in the area. It was set up to defend the Portuguese against the Bijapur and Maratha armies. The Fortress was very well defended by over hundred guns at one stage. The Seminary and Church of Rachol in¬side the Fortress have escaped the ravages of time. The foundation stone of the Seminary was laid on 1st No¬vember 1606. It is a very big build¬ing. The corridors have many beauti¬ful paintings. The Library of the Semi¬nary has a large number of books. The Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola is at¬tached to the Seminary.

Rais Magos:
The town of Rais Ma-gos is situated opposite Panaji across the River Mandovi. The Rais Magos Fort is a small Fort built in 1551 over the ruins of a Bijapur Fort. The Fort was rebuilt in 1704. The Fort has a commanding position and had 33 guns to protect it. It is now-a-days used as a Jail. The Church of Reis Magos is at the foot of the Fort. It was built about 1550 A.D. Seven Portuguese Gover¬nors and Viceroys are buried inside this Church. An annual, much attended, Feast is celebrated on the 6th January.

Rivona in Sanguem taluka is 22 kilometers away from Sanguem. The famous Damodar Temple was built here after the Portuguese started their Temple destruction in Salcete in 1567. The Temple was reconstructed in 1885 and the Image of Damodar and Lakshmi Narayan reinstalled. In 1972 the main Temple was again re¬built. The idol of Lakshmi Narayan is made of black stone and a Linga is dedicated to Damodar. A one block, balck stone sitting Nandi faces the sanctum

Saligoa Town is eleven kilometers from Panaji. The Church of Mae de Deus has a very beautiful build¬ing, the foundation of which was laid in 1867. It is buflt in Gothic style. The saligoa Seminary located in the town has a big building. The Seminary trains priests during the preliminary stage of priesthood.

Sanquelim town is about seven kilometers from Bicholim. The famous Datta Mandir dedicated to Lord Dattareya is located here. The Temple was constructed around 1882. The white marble three faced statue of Dattareya is installed in the Sanc¬tum. The Vitthal and Radhakrishna Temple in Sanquelim Town are also worth visiting.

Siroda town is 10 kilometer; away from Ponda. The Kamaksh Temple is about 400 years old. The deity is said to have been brought here from Karwar. A big gate leads to the courtyard with the Deepstambh. The inner hall is supported by three beautifully carved wooden pillars. The images of Dattatreya and Maruti are installed in the inner hall. In the sanctum is the idol of Goddess Kamakshi. To the left fo the Goddess is the image of Kalbhairava and to the right that of Vetal. Secondary shrines in the compound have images of other deities.

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