Located at the heart of the Panaji city, the Mahalaxmi temple is a sacred shrine for Hindu devotees. The Mahalaxmi temple enshrines the deity of Mahalaxmi, the Goddess of wealth. Mahalaxmi is also regarded the presiding deity of the Panaji city.
The Mahalakshmi temple assumes significance for being the first Hindu
temple to be built in Goa after the Portuguese invasion by Alfonse de
Albuquerque. The temple was approved for construction in 1818, after the
elapse of 300 years and inordinate delays by the Portuguese authorities.
The original structure has undergone renovations many times, the latest
being in 1983.
The deity of the Mahalaxmi temple was originally enshrined at the
village of Taleigao. It was secretly moved to Bicholim in the 16th
century to escape Portuguese persecution. The Maruti Jatra festival held
at the Shri Mahalakshmi Temple during January-February draws a large
number of devotees.