Devi Navadurga Temple

The Shri Devi Navadurga Temple was built in dedication to Goddess Navadurga – a form of Goddess Parvati. She is also referred to as the Mahishasura Mardini. The temple is located in the village of Redi. The idol of Navadurga is said to have been found earlier in the Tiswadi Taluka of Goa, as early as the 10th Century. During the raid of the Portuguese, she was shifted to Redi in the 16th Century and has been in this Sindhudurg Region of Maharashtra ever since. Goddess Navdurga is believed to be the Kuldevta of several families belonging to the Goud Saraswat Brahmin clan. The idol is said to be at least 450 years old.

Though the name is Navadurga, she is in Ashta Bhuja (having 8 arms) Mahishasur Mardini form. In her hands are a conch shell (Shankh), a wheel (chakra), a club (Gada), a lotus (padma), a spear (trishul) and a lance (bhala). In one hand she holds head of Mahisha, the demon and underneath her lies the buffalo. Hence she resembles Mahishasur Mardini. The two big festivals, celebrated annually (called Jatras) of this Deity are during Navaratris in the month of Ashwin & on the Shuddha Navami (9th Day) of month Magha as per the Hindu calendar. During these festivals, the temple and the surrounding area is decorated and lighted with colourful lamps. Also special drama show (called Dashavatars) is held through the night. It is believed that this deity is very powerful and answers to the calls of her devotees. While taking her "Kaul" (her orders), 52 leaves of "Karamali" plant are applied.

Accommodation :
Hotels are available near temple.

Getting There :
By Air : Nearest is Goa dabolim.
By Rail : Nearest railhead sawantwadi 37 Km.
By Road : Mumbai to Vengurla is 499 km. Pune Vengurla Distance - 397 kms. vengurla 30 Km.

Places to see nearby :
1. Terekhol Fort(tiracol fort)
2. Sonurli Mauli Temple
3. Yashwantgad (Fort)

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