Shri Gopal Ganapati Temple
Shri Gopal Ganapati Temple 26 kms from Panaji.At Farmagudi, Ponda, amidst beautiful natural surroundings,near Bandora. The Portuguese Viceroy attacked the fort of Ponda in October, 1683 but had to beat a hasty retreat at the sudden appearance of the Maratha King Sambhaji with a large army. Farmagudi commemorates this event.
The stone image of Gopal Ganapati was discovered by herdsmen while grazing cattle close to the hill and later installed in a small shrine with a thatched roof. The temple built by late Shri Dayanand Bandodkar, the first Chief Minister of Goa has the idol, made of metal alloy, consecrated on april 24,1966.
Shri Gopal Ganapati Temple is a high-quality sample of Indian temple architecture synthesizing both olden and modern.