I played Chor-Police or Police & Thieves for hours every day during my school holidays in my childhood. One team hides and the other team seeks. Too often, as a member of the team that hides, I came really close to being discovered by the other team\u2026..and within heartbeats of actually being caught, the \u2018police\u2019 team member who I was sure could have heard by breathing, turned and walked away \u2026 leaving me undiscovered. Those moments were tense and so excruciating that I\u2019d even wish to be \u2018discovered\u2019 just to end the agony of suspense.\nOn a visit to the Tamdi Surla\u00a0 Mahadev temple as I read the notice at the entrance I was reminded of this childhood game. The notice says \u201cThe temple that survived the ravages and remained intact\u2026..\u201d\nThe probable reason for this 13th temple having escaped the notice and the destruction at the hands of the plunderers, invaders & foreign rulers is that it lay deep within the forested & hilly region of Goa.\nEven today it takes an hour\u2019s drive through a luxurious forest from the nearest town Ponda. So in the centuries after it was built, crossing the hills and forests without any great promise of wealth, (or wine or the third \u2018w\u2019) it may not have been worth the trouble to undertake the journey.\n\u00a0\n\nThe temple faces East \u2013 to face the morning sun. Maybe on some auspicious days in the solstice cycle, in the century of it creation, the first rays also lit up the inner sanctum sanctorum for a \u201cSurya Namaskar\u201d.\nThis temple draws me in because of the mystique \u2026. this is the only temple of this style in Goa and around. Why is that? This is the only temple that has large slabs of stone as the roof \u2013 how was such engineering managed? Compared to the southern styles of temple architecture or the Western styles, the decorations on this one is plain and too rustic \u2013 why?\n\u00a0\n\n\nThe Sanctum Sanctorum.\n\nThe all-powerful union of the Ling and the Yoni:\n\nAnd the other Gods in attendance:\n \u00a0 \nThe statue of the Nandi Bull does not have a head \u2026 suggesting some attack. But again \u2013 why would only the bull face this while the other statues escaped?\n\u00a0 \n \u00a0\u00a0 \nThe pillars all have unique designs \u2026.\n\n \n\n\nThe temple is located on the banks of a brook that turns red with the iron-rich mud during monsoons. (Similar to the Kamakhya Temple).\n\n\nIt is one of the most peaceful temples I have seen with the cooling stone structure & the remote location! Although I am not religious, I enjoy visits to this monument in spite of the major demands made on one\u2019s time.\nThe temple is now under the care of the Archaelogical Survey of India yet it is an active temple \u2013 and people worship at this temple.\njm\nSept 2014\nBy Jaina Mishra\nBy wovensouls\nThe post Inside Tamdi Surla Temple \u2013 a Monument that escaped Plunder appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.