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Saptakoteshwar Temple, Narve in Goa

The Saptakoteshwar temple is located in Narve, in the state of Goa, in Southwestern India. It is largely regarded in the Konkan area as one of the six religious sites of temples of Lord Shiva.

The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Shiva in the form of Saptakoteshwar.

The temple was built around the twelfth century by the Kings of the Kadamba dynasty and installed the idol of Saptakoteshwar in the main Shrine. According to the local legends, Kamaldevi is the wife of King who was a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva so this temple was built for her by the kadamba king. Therefore the King also derived the title Shree Saptakotisha Ladbha Varaveera.

Later this temple came under the ruling of Bahamani Sultan Allauddin Hasan Gangu, Vijayanagar King Harihararaya, etc but the glory of the temple increased and still intact in the present age. Portuguese ruler demolished the temple. Finally the temple was reconstructed by the Maratha Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1668. Many festival and auspicious days are celebrated in grand manner in this temple.

All the days of Purnima and Amavasya are marked with prayers and rituals according to the ancient Hindu tradition and culture. Devotees from all parts of Goa and the neighboring states of Karnataka and Maharashtra visit this temple with great devotion and dedication. According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, this temple is regarded as wish fulfiller among the devotees. Most of the newly married couples visit this particular temple for child boon and happy married life.  

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