The submerged village Curdi & Transplanted Mahadev temple

Updated: Apr 9, 2020


Goa is one of the most beautiful state in India. It is the land of serene beaches and picturesque landscape but the true beauty of Goa lies in the various other aspects, like temples churches, villages, architectures. The traditions and cultures of Goa are unique.

 

It’s been almost 3years consecutively I have been visiting this place and every time as I stepped on the land of Curdi ‘The vibes are weird’ the village is calm yet disturbing.

Kurdi or Curdi is a village in Sanguem taluka of Goa. The village was submerged in the 1980s by the reservoir of the Salaulim Dam, A conceptualized dream project of Goa’s first Chief Minister Dayanand Bandodkar, the Selaulim dam. Most of the villagers were into agriculture and farming. The government compensated the families with agricultural land and land for housing purpose with 10,000 square metres, with all plans in place, the people of Curdi began moving out by 1971, making way for the construction of the dam.


Since then the village is under water...


Every year, at the peak of summer during April-May, parts of the submerged village rise above the water level. The only structure that still remains intact in Curdi village even after the whole village was submerged is the Someshwar temple this temple is called to ‘jaagrut devasthan’ dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple stone Nandi along with other idols from the temple were moved to Valkini near salaulim dam.



Someshwar ling Curdi

Every year, people who used to stay in Curdi celebrate utsav at Someshwar temple to RELIVE their memories and for the love of their ancestral place and gather around their respective places of worship, they celebrate the feast of a chapel as there is also a Church which is on other hill.












The village has beautiful valleys with lush green mountains but the land is barren. once a year in the summer you can see:

· Tarred road - still intacted

· Culverts

· nullahs

· Church

· School

· A building that once housed a police outpost.

· Tulsi structure

· Ample numbers of roots of tree



And as always we made an impromptu decision of visited Curdi once again and took a other away round route to explore the depth as it was too dried-up this year. Which came out on Salaulim Dam side. And as Sunny wanted to see Transplanted Mahadev Temple to Shelpem.