We have often been visiting Goa mainly to pay a visit to Nav Durga temple, our family deity, located at Madkai (prononced in Portuguese as Madcaim), 28 kms south of Panaji. Since a visit to Nav durga temple was overdue, the last visit being in 2004, we decided to make a quick visit to our family deity with during November 26-27, 2010. We reached Karmali on November 26th by Konkan Kanya Express which was late by about an hour. We engaged a pre-paid taxi from the booth located just outside the railway station for Panaji ( 14 kms, Rs.210/-). After reaching Panaji in about 30 minutes, we checked in Ginger Hotel (@Rs.1900/- with breakfast) which we had already booked. The rooms were clean and spacious. Since most of the temple rituals were in the morning slot, it was too late for us to visit our temple to complete the rituals. So it was decided to visit the temple the next morning.
After finishing buffet lunch at the Hotels' restaurant and some rest, we engaged a taxi for local sight seeing - Panaji Church, Dona Paula and Miramar Beach. Next day, we engaged a taxi for the full day to take us to our temple at Madkai (28 kms). After finishing our rituals at the temple and the lunch, we proceeded to Old Goa to see the churches and museum. In the evening, the taxi dropped us at Karmali railway station to catch Konkan Kanya Express. The train reached Dadar the next day early morning on schedule time.
Some pictures taken during our short visit to Goa are displayed below with captions.
|The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Panaji. The Church was built in 17th century.|
|Our family picture with Gothic style stairs in the background.|
|A close up of the Church Bell.|
|One of many old style buildings in Panaji. This one was located opposite the Church.|
|Boats in the back waters of Zuari river at Dona Paula. This is also a place for water sports. Dona Paula is a place where Mandovi and Zuari rivers meet the Arabian Sea.|
|A speed boat zipping in Zuari river backwater in Dona Paula.|
|My grand daughter and grand son at Dona Paula promenade.|
|Flea market on way to the cliff in Dona Paula.|
|Dona Paula cliff in the evening.|
|Family picture at Dona Paula Cliff.|
Sun rays defuses through a patch of black cloud on a small part of Arabian Sea seen from Dona Paula.
|A zoom shot of the above picture taken from Dona Paula Cliff.|
|A heritage house seen from the Dona Paula cliff.|
|Champa flower (Magnolia Champaca) tree with Zuari river backwater in the background.|
|The gateway to Navdurga temple which is located about 200m from the main gate of the temple.|
|Stairs leading to the Navdurga temple.|
|The Deepa Stambha (Lamp Tower) is also one of the main features of temples in Goa.|
|The curvilinear type roof over the mandap with statues of animal on either side of the roof.|
|Close up of the statue on the edge of the roof.|
|The rath (chariot) which is used during the annual Jatra of Navdurga in November.|
|Grinding stones for sale near the temple.|
|Unusual Champa Flowers (Magnolia Champaca) at the side gate of the temple.|
|Main Altar of Basilica Bom Jesus at Old Goa.|
|Left side altar of the Basilica.|
|View from the entrance to the Basilica.|
|Right side Altar of Basilica.|
|Lovely wood carving on a pulpit in Basilica.|
|The road bisecting the Basilica of Bom Jesus and the Church of Francis of Assisi was closed for vehicular traffic on account novenas and feast of St Francis Xaviers.|
|On way to the Church of St Francis Xavier and Se' Cathedral.|
|The Church of St. Francis of Assisi. The Church was under rennovation and therefore we could not see much of its interiors. Next to the Church is the Archaeological Museum.|
|Some of the antiques have been nicely placed as a wall to the museum complex.|
|An antique piece in the middle of the park adjoining the Museum.|
|Mandovi river at Old Goa. There is a constant cargo ship traffic through the river.|
Karmali Railway Station. On the left side is the pre-paid taxi stand and on the right is the auto rickshaw stand.