Shree Saptakoteshwar Temple, Narve – One of the Six Temples of Lord Shiva in the Konkan Region

Shree Saptakoteshwar Temple, Narve (Bicholim, Goa, India)

Shree Saptakoteshwar temple, Narve is in Bicholim taluka of North Goa. Since weeks wish was to visit it though it is far by-road and thought within – maybe the shortest route possible. I inquire at a restaurant close to Gandhi Circle, Old Goa, and, finally, on the way towards the Mandovi river (Viceroy’s Arch – landmark) to catch the ferry.

Gandhi Circle, Old Goa > Old Goa Ferry Terminal (.5 km)

Ferry ready- I along with motorbike crossing. Beautiful it is.

(ferry are free within Goa – truck/motorbike/car and to carry people)

– 5/7 minutes journey

The first time in life within an island – WoW – said I. Few seconds/minutes for self-talks and to believe and towards the Narve jetty which is on the other side of Divar island. The motorbike – The start – The wide green fields and I riding in-between.

2 km ride and a shop. Narve jetty?

Right-turn – go straight – follow the road – said the shopkeeper.

Ok – (thumbs-up).

Lions Club of Divar, the Bus-stop – A landmark (500 meters of drive) and straight drive again. Finally after 5.5 km of total driving within almost no man visible land/old Portuguese home I was at Narve jetty. The ferry was on the way – I have to wait. Few head-turns to watch the beauty around…fantastic.

Mandovi river again. 5-7 minutes journey and I at Narve. A small shop was present and The query: Saptakoteshwar temple?

Follow the road – follow the display board.

Thank you – The drive continues…

4 km drive (Archeological display-board displaying direction) and Shri Saptakoteshwar temple- Lord Shiva temple. The motorbike parked and I walked towards the temple. Golden silence exists. For a few minutes had talks with God – immense peace within. After weeks of wish to visit finally fulfilled. They say: God’s wish and We visit. Prayers!!!

On the way back. Crossing Mandovi river from Narve- riding within the Divar island and Divar jetty and Old Goa again. If you are within Goa or have plans to visit you should follow this shortest scenic route. While returning from Divar island I can watch Old Goa churches. Beautiful to watch. Divar island itself is very memorable for a drive.

Note: The shortest route to reach the temple is if a person is having a vehicle.