Located 22 km from the state capital Panaji, the origin of the temple of Lord Ramnath is steeped in mythology. Natives believe that after slaying King Ravana of Lanka, a remorse-filled Lord Rama installed a shivalinga on the shores in order to atone for his act. Since then the temple came to be known as Rameshwar or Ramnath.
The Ramnath temple was originally located at a settlement called
Loutolim, set up by Gaud Saraswat Brahmins. As the Portuguese went about
their task of reducing Hindu temples to ruins, the idol of Lord Ramnath,
like many other deities in Goa, was removed from the original temple and
shifted to its present day location at Bandode. The Bandode area was
under the reign of Bijapur Sultan at that time.
Although the presiding deity is Lord Shiva, the Ramnath temple is the
abode of other deities such as Shri LaxmiNarayan, Shri Kamakshi, Shri
Santeri and Shri Sidhanath. Similar to the Mahalsa temple, the courtyard
of Ramnath temple features a five-storied deepstambha or lamp pillar
carved with images of Hindu on its base. The annual festival or Jatra of
the temple is celebrated with fervor and devotion with the traditional
palanquin parading around the temple carrying the idol of the deity.
How to Reach Ramnath Temple
The temple is located near Farmagudi, off the National Highway 4A
connecting Ponda to Panaji.