Navadurga Temple, Goa
Shri Navdurga temple is situated 28 kms from Panjim at Madkai which is in Ponda.The temple is 500 year old and is dedicated to the Goddess Navadurga. The diety is originally from Ganvshi village in the Tiswadi taluka.The presiding deity worshipped at Madkai is a fierce form of goddess Durga known as the Mahishasuramardini (the killer of demon Mahishasur).
In the centre or Garbhagriha of the temple is a stone idol of the Goddess placed on a raised platform. The idol in standing position is four feet and her peculiarity lies in her pose; that is her neck which is slightly bent to the left. The Palakhi (palanquin) of Navadurga is taken out on Shukla Navami of every month. Thousands of people gather at the Shri Navdurga temple at Madkai during the month of November (hindu month of Kartika) from Vidya Chaturthi to Dashami for the annual zatra. Navaratri is also celebrated grandly here.