The Mahadeva Temple, Kurdi - Goa

The Mahadeva Temple kurdi angod

This is a transplanted temple, originally located 17 km south east of the present location, in kurdi angod on the banks of river salaulim. The construction of a dam across salaulim had threatened the submergence of the temple, hence it was systematicaly dismantled and reconstructed at this place providing similar topographical setting. Transplanting literally means to shift an object from one place and re-erect the same without changing the original character, to a safer place. Each face of the monument was numbered layer wise and close wise, before the monument was dismanteled.

It consisted of a square garbhagriha and a porch infront with extant super structure built of both laterite and basalt stone. the main object of worship was a siva linga presently under worship in someswara temple at kurdi angod.

The entrance of garbhagriha had three dwara sakha type with ganesha at lalatabimba. the architrave above the lintel carved into five niches, seperated by pilasters, contain a seated female figure at the centre flanked by unidentifable mutilated figures. a coupe of female devotees on either side of the door jamb, kirthimukhas on the threshold and chandrashila with sankavartha adorn the entrance of garbhariha. the porch was raised by two pillars comprising square at the base, fluted shaft with petal design having square shaped capital, decorated with kirthimukhas. The moulded adhistana portion of hte temple consists of upapita, adhistana, janga and pattika, while the wall portion displays a central badra flanked by kuta and nagara sikhara motif seperated by Liner pilasters carefully delineated on laterite blocks brouht an aesthetic look on the esterior of the temple enabling to designate dravidian in order and assignable to the 10th-11th Century A.D. of the kadamba Period.

The entire process of transplantation and reconstruction of the temple took 11 years.

At the transplanted site there is a little musuem where they have shown a pictoral descriptoin as to the stages and how the temple was transplanted.

The Mahadeva Temple kurdi angod

Square garbhagriha

The Mahadeva Temple kurdi angod

Stone inscriptions

The Mahadeva Temple kurdi angod

The two pillars that raise the porch

The Mahadeva Temple kurdi angod

The stone carved idol at the entrance of the temple

The Mahadeva Temple kurdi angod

The numbered stones arranged inside the temple

The Mahadeva Temple kurdi angod

Nandi at the entrance of the Mahadeva Temple



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