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Saptakotishwara Temple
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The Saptakotishwara temple at Narve Bicholim in Goa is an ancient one, patronized by the Kadamba rulers of the region. This town is located at a distance of  37 km from Panaji, the capital of Goa.

The Shivalingam enshrined in the sanctum is known as the Dharalinga. The small Shivalingam just about half a foot in length projects out of a square peetha. It is covered with a seated figure of Shiva, made of a composite of dark colored cloth, and a sheet metal mask, arms and feet.  This image is removed during abhisheka ceremonies when abhishekas are carried out on the Shivalinga alone.

The temple is a fairly large one, and is over 700 years old. The sanctum is enclosed in a vast courtyard and is crowned with a lofty shikhara. There are several other shrines enclosed in the courtyard.