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
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.