The Ramnathi Temple, also known as the Shanteri Kamakshi Temple, is located in Ramnathim, Bandivade, in Goa, India. It is a significant temple for the Goud Saraswat Brahmins (G.S.B) community, along with the Daivadnya Brahmins and Vaishyas, who are the primary worshippers.
The temple follows the Panchayatan system, common among Goan Brahmin temples, which means it houses five main deities. The chief deity is Shri Ramanath, symbolizing the unity of Hari (Vishnu) and Hara (Shiva). The other deities worshipped in the temple include Shanteri (Shantadurga), Kamakshi, Laxmi Narayan, Ganapati, Betal, and Kalbhairav, along with other family purushas.
According to legend, the Ramanath idol was originally installed by Lord Rama at Rameshwar. After Rama’s return from Lanka, he prayed to Shiva to absolve him of the sin of killing a Brahmin. A lingam was installed, and Shiva emerged from the idol, instructing Rama to seek guidance from Guru Gorakshnath. One of the Panths (spiritual paths) that originated from Rama came to be known as Ramnath.
The original temple of Ramnathi was located in Loutolim, Salcette, Goa. However, to protect the idol from destruction by the Portuguese authorities, it was shifted to its present location in the 16th century. In May 2011, the temple celebrated 450 years at its current site.
The temple is a revered place of worship for the Gaud Saraswat Brahmins of the Vatsa, Kaundinya Gotra, and the Daivadnya Brahmins. Many associated families, known as kulavis, migrated from Salsette and now reside along the western coast of India, including Goa, Mumbai, coastal Karnataka, Kerala, and abroad. They continue the tradition of visiting the temple after significant family events.
The temple celebrates an annual Jatra (festival) with great fervor and devotion. The festival includes a traditional palanquin procession carrying the idol of the deity. Additionally, Navaratri, the nine-night festival dedicated to the Divine Mother, is celebrated grandly at the temple.
The temple is open from 7:30 am to 9:30 pm for devotees to visit and worship.
How to Reach:
The nearest airport to the Ramnathi Temple is Goa International Airport, also known as Dabolim Airport. It is located approximately 36 km away from the temple. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a pre-paid cab to reach the temple in Ramnathim, Bandivade.
The nearest railway stations to the Ramnathi Temple are Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and Margao Railway Station. Vasco Da Gama Railway Station is about 35 km away, while Margao Railway Station is approximately 21 km away from the temple. From either of these stations, you can hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach the temple.
By Bus or Road:
Ramnathi Temple is well-connected by road, and various bus services operate in the region. You can take a bus from the Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, which is around 28 km away, to reach the temple. If you are traveling by private vehicle, you can follow the NH66 (National Highway 66) or other suitable routes to reach Ramnathim, Bandivade, where the temple is located. Adequate parking facilities are available near the temple for visitors.