A unique feature of this temple, located in Mardol, is the brass pillar (front and centre) raised on its own platform. The base represents a turtle - Kurma - Lord Vishnu's second avatar that assists the Asuras and Devas in churning the ocean for the nectar of immortality. Twenty-one tiers,each diminishing in size, rise to the top where there is a small image of Garuda (his vahana). The pillar symbolizes Mount Kailasa which in Hindu mythology was placed on the back of Kurma. To the side is the six-level deepmal used for illumination during special ceremonies in the evening. From Mardol, we headed to the west of Ponda for three more colourful temples.
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