This temple on way to Chorla Ghat will draw you with its magic

Rohan Fernandes

THE TEMPLE STOP

If you're driving down to the winding roads of the scenic Chorla Ghat in monsoons, make a stop at this temple, drenched in serenity, in Sanquelim in North Goa.

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ON BANKS OF A RIVER

Ensconced on the banks of Valvanti River, Vitthal Mandir's imposing and baroque structure easily draws passersby to it. It's devoted to Lord Vitthal, said to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna.

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NEW ARCHITECTURAL STYLE

The ancient temple has a North India architectural style as it was rebuilt in 1942. Its original essence has been retained by leaving the sanctum-sanctorum untouched.

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IN THE LAP OF NATURE

Its sprawling grounds embody the natural beauty of its surrounding and the Valvanti River, which quietly flows besides it.

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NINE-DAY FESTIVE BUZZ

This serene temple is abuzz with festivities during the nine days leading up to Chaitra Purnima. One of its key attractions is the intricately carved wooden chariot - an effort to recreate Arjuna's chariot, driven by Lord Krishna in Mahabharata.

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AN EASY DRIVE

The temple is easy to reach by road, and is 27 km from Panjim and 33 km from Manohar International Airport at Mopa.

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PARADISE OF SERENITY

Now that you know about this paradise of serenity on the way to Chorla Ghat, when you spot it, just halt and experience the tranquil ambience of the temple.

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