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Mahadeva Temple in Goa

A 12th century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Mahadeva Temple at Tambdi Surla is one of the oldest shrines located in the state of Goa, India. Built by Hemadri, the minister of Yadava king Ramachandra, the temple is built in the Hemadpanthi style. It is made from basalt, which was carried across the mountains from the Deccan plateau and carved by craftsmen.

The inner sanctum consists of a linga (symbol of Lord Shiva) and you can come across intricate carvings on the walls. As the shrine is located in a remote place, at the foot of the Western Ghats, it has managed to avoid various invasions and the Goa Inquisition.