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Shri Kamakshi Temple, Shiroda

At a distance of 37 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 32.7 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 19 km from Margao Railway Station, Shri Kamakshi Temple is situated in North Goa.

The temple of Shri Kamakshi is set amidst hills in the picturesque village of Shiroda of Ponda Taluka and was built in the late 16th century. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi an incarnation of Goddess Parvati consort of Lord Shiva.

A huge Mahadwar leads to the Kamakshi temple complex known as Thal. After 210passing under the Mahadwar the temple crowned by an octagonal two-storied tower with a golden Kalash perched on its peak can be seen prominently. The temple faces east and has a large Sabha Mandap. The temple has a tall Deepasthambha and a holy water tank. Inside the temple, there is a square shaped chowk and the Sanctum Sanctorum with the deity Shri Kamakshi in all splendors. The other deities in the temple complex are that of Shree Shantadurga, Shree Laxmi Narayan and Shree Rayeshwar (Shiva).

People flock to this temple on Amavasya or New moon day. Every year on the day of Shivratri a grand temple festival or Zatra is held which is attended by thousands of devotees from Goa as well as Karnataka and Maharashtra. [source- wiki]