Also known as Tambdi Surla Temple, this ancient Shri Mahadeva temple dedicated
to Lord Shiva is situated at Tambdi Surla in Sanguem taluka, around 65
kms from Panaji and 12 Kms from Molem. This small 13th century temple
built in basalt rock is in the midst of a forested area which is quite
inaccessible and away from the main settlements. It is the only
surviving example of the Kadamba-Yadava architecture. The temple faces
east so that the rays of the rising sun fall on the deity (ie. the Shiva
linga) mounted on a pedestal inside the inner sanctum. The main mantap
(hall) of the temple is composed of three entrances, a small 'antaralaya'
and a 'garbagriha' (sanctum sanctorum). At the center of the mandap, there
is a headless nandi. The interior and sides of the temple are embellished
with intricate carvings and the exterior has some miniature examples of
sculpture and relief carvings.