The Bicholim province is north of the Mandovi river while the main
town is 37 kms. from Panaji. There are many Hindu Temples around this
town.Bicholim is the centre of Mining industry, housing Goa's famous
large sites of manganese and iron-ore mines and palletisation plants.
Bicholim came into prominance due to the mining as well as the famous
temples located in it's suburban areas.
Shri Datta Mandir
This is a 100 year old temple that has a beautiful surrounding with
a hill covered with areca palms on the banks of river Mandovi. The
most important festival is the Datta Jayanti held in the month of
December each year. People from all over vist this place during
the festive season and God is believed to have cured many people
of unstable mind.
About 40 kms. from Panjim situated at Sanquelim is this temple dedicated
to the local god Vithal. His statue is carved in black laterite
and is well dressed.
Aravalem Caves and Waterfalls
These are four caves each having the Shiv Lingum as the main object
to be worshipped. An important Hindu festival devoted to Lord Shiva,
the Mahashivratri is celebrated every February / March.
Located about 3 kms. south of Bicholim is a lovely picnic spot,
Maem Lake surrounded by hills. It has been converted to a lake resort
and offers a variety of water sports. State Government Cottages
also offer comfortable accommmodation.
Shri Saptakoteshwar Temple
Located 35 kms. from Panaji inside Narve village and the oldest
in Goa is the temple that was originally in Diwandi island in Mandovi
River but destroyed by the Portuguese. Then in 1668 A.D Chhatrapati
Shivaji had the temple renovated and shifted it to its present location.
The temple has a multi - faceted Lingum.
General Information & Accomdation info on Bicholim city of Goa - India