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.
This temple is known officially as Brahma Karmali Temple. It 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.
This 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.