Saptakoteshwar

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The Saptakotishwar temple at Narve, Goa, India is considered to be one of the six great sites of temples of Lord Shiva in the Konkan area. The village of Narve is located about 35 km (22 miles) from Panaji and can be reached via an interesting route which requires a ferryboat from the island of Divar.

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Saptakotishwar having been the deity of the Kings of the Kadamba dynasty around the twelfth century.The temple was built by the King for his wife Kamaldevi who was a staunch devotee of this God.The kadamba kings very proud to use the title or Birudu, Shree Saptakotisha Ladbha Varaveera.The gold coins discovered at Chandor,Goa(Old name:Chadnraura,Chandrapura),Gopikapatna and other places of the kings Jayakeshi I,Jayakeshi II,Jayakeshi III,Shivachitta Paramadideva,Soideva etc.have inscriptions reading:Which means "with the grace of Lord Saptakotishwara",the family deity of Kadambas.These coins were often referred to as Saptakotisha-Gadyanakas.

In 1352, when the Kadamba kingdom was conquered by the Bahamani Sultan Allauddin Hasan Gangu and Goa was under the rule of the Sultan for about fourteen years. A number of temples were destroyed during this period and the linga (symbol of Lord Shiva) at the Saptakoteshwar temple was also dug up by the troops.

In 1367, the army of Vijayanagar King Harihararaya defeated the Bahamani Sultan's troops in Goa and managed to...
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