12th Century Intricately Carved Brahma Temple at Goa

Brahma Temple is one of the oldest temples in Goa with an intricately carved 12th century Brahma idol as the main deity.

Brahma Temple or Brahma Karmali Temple as is known officially, has the deity of Lord Brahma, the supreme creator of the holy trinity as per Hindu belief. The deity belongs to 12th century, Kadamba Dynasty period. The Kadambas were good at art, architecture, etc. The deity Brahma is shown in the form of “Trimurti” (combination of three); Trinity of Lord Brahma the creator, Lord Vishnu the preserver and Lord Shiva the destroyer or transformer.

During the Portuguese invasion and subsequent rule of Goa around five centuries back, the idol was taken out of the original temple at Karmali alias Carambolim village in the island of Tiswadi. The idol was later installed at Sattari and then at Valpoi and finally at a small shrine at Nagargaon, on the banks of a stream in a dense forest.

Brahma temple is Goa’s most famous temple.

How Do I Go to Brahma Temple?

Brahma temple is located at the Nagargao village, at around 7 kilometers from Valpoi, the headquarters of the Sattari Taluk in Goa. The temple is at around 60 kilometers from Panaji, the capital of Goa state.

Goa is well connected by all modes of transport. There is an international airport and a major railway station at Goa. Goa is connected by roads to other parts of the country.

Rani ki Vav – The Queen’s Stepwell and Lord Vishnu Avatars

Rani ki Vav is a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. It is step-well with intricate works at Patan in Gujarat state, India.

Rani-ki-vav (the Queen's Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat
Rani-ki-vav (the Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat

Rani-ki-Vav means “the Queen’s Stepwell”. Rani in Hindi Language means Queen and Vav means well. The Step-well is on the banks of River Saraswati. It was built by the Queen in memory of King Bhima (r. c. 1022-1064), the Solanki dynasty ruler. The step-well is constructed in Maru-Gurjara style of architectural and is different from other water storage or water resource conservation systems. There are seven levels of steps leading to the wells. There is an inverted temple inside the Step-well. There are more than 800 sculptures among the seven galleries inside the well.

The construction of the step-well is believed to have started by widowed queen Udayamati. The step-well got flooded in course of time and was excavated and restored by Archaeological Survey of India in the 80’s. The well is not in its original condition. You can see some ruined structures along with some other parts which are still in pristine condition.

The well is 64 meters in length, 20 meters in width and is 27 meters deep. There is a small gate with an underground tunnel connecting the well to the town of Sidhpur; at 30 kilometers distance. The tunnel is currently blocked with slit, mud and stones. The tunnel seems to be the escape route for the kings, during the worst times of facing defeat.

The Step-wells hold considerable spiritual significance. Lord Vishnu is depicted in different forms (Lord Vishnu Avatars) as sculpture in the step-well. When you reach the water level at the bottom, you can see Lord Vishnu carving in a reclined posture, on a Shesha, a thousand hooded serpent. This posture means that Lord Vishnu is resting in the infinity between ages. The other avatars of Lord Vishnu can be seen at upper levels.

In earlier days, these type of wells were also used as a place for socializing rather than just collecting water or as a place of religious importance.

The title “Cleanest Iconic Place” has bagged by Rani ki Vav in October 2016 at the Indian Sanitation Conference, held at New Delhi.

How Do I Go to Rani ki Vav?

Patan town where Rani ki Vav is situated is at a distance of around 110 kilometers from Ahmedabad, the Textile capital of India and also capital of the state of Gujarat.

There is a railway station and bus station at Patan and is well connected by roads to other parts of the state. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport at Ahmedabad is the nearest airport to Rani ki Vav or The Queen’s Step well.

Jagdish Temple in Udaipur Famous for its Beautiful Carvings

Jagdish Temple is a famous 16th century Hindu temple at Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Jagdish Temple, UdaipurJagdish Temple, Udaipur.

Built by Maharana Jagat Singh, the erstwhile rules of Udaipur. This temple is constructed in Indo-Aryan style of architecture (a combination of Maha Maru and Maru-Gurjara architecture). The temple stands on a tall terrace. The construction of the temple was completed in 1651. At the main gate, there are two huge stone elephants. 32 marble steps takes you to the main shrine.

The temple has a double-storey Hall (Mandapa in local language, Hindi). This hall has another storey tucked within the bell-roof. There is a double-story sanctum in the temple. The 79 feet high spire is decorated with sculptures of elephants, horsemen, dancers and musicians. The spire has two or more non-functional stories.

Lord Jagannath (Lord Vishnu) is the main deity at Jagdish Temple. The main deity of Lord Jagannath is carved from a single black stone. The temple was originally called ‘temple of Jagannath Rai’. The temple is famous for its beautiful carvings.

How Do I Go to Jagdish Temple?

Jagdish Temple and the Udaipur city Palace are situated inside the City Palace Complex. Many roads converge near the Udaipur city palace complex.

Udaipur is well connected by road, rail and air transport to other parts of the country. UDZ is the station code for Udaipur railway station. Maharana Pratap International Airport at Udaipur is at 22 kilometers from the heart of Udaipur city.

Is There Any Good Udaipur Hotels Near Jagdish Temple?

Udaipur is famous for its Luxury hotels, comparable to the very best in any part of the world. Taj Lake Palace Hotel (one of the most romantic hotels in the world), The Oberoi Udaivilas and Leela Palace Udaipur, etc. are some of the leading Udaipur hotels. There are many Five star hotels and budget hotels in Udaipur, catering to the needs of the tourists to this historic town.

What are the Timings of Jagdish Temple?

Jagdish Temple opens at 4.15 a.m. and is open till 1.00 p.m. The temple again opens at 5.15 p.m and closes at 8.00 p.m. on all days.