Verna, the Mother’s original home
If any place can rightly claim to be the first place where the beloved Goddess Shri Mahalasa Narayani came to Goa, then it is Varenyapur, now known as Verna, in the southern part of the scenic coastal state of Goa.
For centuries, there existed a temple dedicated to the Goddess, the female form of Lord Vishnu also known as Mohini, until it was razed to the ground by the Portuguese invaders in the year 1567 AD.
History says that many of Her devotees and Kulavis took away Her idol and established it in a new temple at Mardol to escape the persecution by the Christian crusaders. The temple at Mardol today is the focal point for Shri Mahalasa Narayani in Goa.
However, Shri Mahalasa Narayani desired the temple at Her original place be reconstructed and a dedicated band of devotees devoted their time and efforts towards the same mission; and today there stands a grand temple in proud testimony to their efforts, of course, with Her blessings.