The temple of Ramnathi
is located in Ramnathim, Bandivade in Goa
Shri Ramanath Deity was originally installed 3000 years B.C by Rama
. When Rama
came back from Lanka along with Sita, after killing Ravana, in order to absolve him of killing a Brahmin he decided to pray to Shiva. Hence a Shivlinga
was installed and Rama prayed to it. This came to be known as Ramanath.
The original temple of Ramnathi in Goa, was located in Loutolim
(सष्टी), Goa. The Idol of Ramnathi was shifted to the present site in the 16th century to prevent its destruction by the then Portuguese
The chief deity of the temple is Ramnath. Since Ramnath is the chief deity, the temple came to be known as Ramnathi. The name Ram-Nath equals Lord of Rama. In addition the temple also has the idols of the Goddess Santeri(Shantadurga
) from Rivona and the Goddess Kamakshi
. There is also an Idol of Shree
Lakshmi Narayan Shree
) and Shree Betal
and Shree Kaalbhairav. This completes the Ramnathi......