Veling, Goa – In the tiny town of Veling, about 6 km from Ponda, lies this little haven. Dedicated to Narsimha, this temple was moved from Sancoale to Ponda in 1567 to save it from the Portuguese persecution. Vishnu, in his form of Narasimha, the fourth incarnation, is worshipped here along with Goddess Lakshmi.
The current temple structure with all the wooden columns and carvings was built in the 18th century and still remains in excellent condition.
The carvings, especially the ones depicting tales from Narsimha Purana are worth seeing.
This place gives me all sorts of medieval feels. As enticing as its history and architecture are, the place becomes even more fascinating for its little spring that is so fresh and clean that one could drink the water directly as well. The sweet water spring is considered eternal and comes from the top of the hills surrounding Veling.
Once a year, the locals and the priests clean out the accessible underground route from out of which the spring emerges.
The spring water is then lead to the traditionally stepped temple tank. It’s so serene, especially with all the coconut palms by its side which help maintain slight shade which one could use during the mid-day. There is also a rhythmic beat of the ghumat that is played here quite often along with the sounds of local children who dive in the tank to beat the summer heat.
Sitting in the midst of it all, one certainly can’t help but feel like they are in a quiet, simpler time.
Timings: The temple is open from 6.30 am to 8,30 pm (early mornings or evenings are ideal for visits)
Nearest bus stop: Veiling