27
Apr
09

The Flight of Gods 20. Datta Mandir, Sancolem

The Flight of Gods
by Mohan Pai

Sri Datta Mandir

Sancolem

 

Gateway to Datta Mandir

 With the growing atmosphere of tolerance, or indifference by the Portugese authorities many Hindu shrines and temples appeared in the late 19th century over the length and breadth of the New Conquests.The Temple Complex – photo by Mohan Pai

Sri Datta Mandir at Sancolem, about 6 kms from Bicholim was one of the temples built during this period (1882). It follows the more conventional design and is built on fairly traditional lines but with a dome.

The Mantap – photo by Mohan Pai
 
The temple is situated near a river in wooded surroundings. There are two old Audumbar trees at the entrance to the courtyard.

 

photo by Mohan Pai
Datta Jayanti, the main annual festival of the temple is held in December and attracts devotees from all over Goa.

Shri Datta Guru’s animals in marble – photo by Mohan Pai

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