As the name suggests, the presiding deity at the Laxmi Narasimha Temple is of Narasimha, one of the many incarnations of Lord Vishnu, and his consort Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, fertility, power, beauty and auspiciousness.
The much-older deity was moved to the area along with some other deities from its original location in Salcette following one of many threats that the region’s culture witnessed in the long history of Goa. One of the most beautiful temples in the region, it is the venue of an annual festival in which the presiding deity is carried in a palanquin in procession. The deity is also brought out on other important days of the Hindu calendar.
The hallway leading to the sanctum sanctorum is lined with images depicting the numerous incarnations or ‘avatars’ of Lord Vishnu. The temple’s courtyard houses a traditional temple tank with steps leading down to the water. The tank is primarily used by devotees for ritual bathing. The Temple is situated in Veling, Ponda.Image Credits: Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, by Padmanabh Padiyar