2nd Appeal

Date: 16th March, 2011

Dear Members of the Trust, and

Members of the Panandiker Kutumb,

Re: Construction of proposed temple for Mulpurus of our family.

Appeal for donations

We have submitted to you a list of members and donors on this website along with the budget needed for construction of the Mulpurus Temple. So far the flow of funds has not been as expected vis-a-vis the budget and the stature of the Panandikers. It may be pertinent to note that the minimum accumulation of funds to commence the construction work is Rs. 8 Lakhs, without which we may not be able to make a beginning.

This is a noble task undertaken by all of us and we are fortunate to be a part of this once-only holy work being bestowed on us. Let us rise to the occasion and be worthy for the blessings of our Shri Govind Purus. Kindly donate generously. Please feel free to contact any of the following office bearers who will more than willing be at your doorsteps to collect your donations or membership fees.

  1. Shri Sukhanand P Panandiker            – M 94226 41391 – President
  2. Shri Prasad V Pai Panandiker             – M 94220 57204 – Vice President
  3. Shri Raghudatha S Pai Panandiker   – M 98224 10444 – Secretary
  4. Shri Shamsunder R Poi Panandikar – M 94212 40936 – Jt. Secretary
  5. Shri Pandurang M Pai Panandiker    – M 98221 25385 – Treasurer
  6. Shri Atul X Pai Panandikar                  – M 98903 58046 – Jt. Treasurer
  7. Shri Rohit R Pai Panandiker                – M 89757 66032 – Attorney

We are ready with all the requistires, except for the funds needed, for commencement of work. By invoking the blessings of Shri Shantadurga and Shri Govind Purus, we shall commence the construction of the Temple as soon as the funds flow in.

Thanking you in anticipation and expecting your whole-hearted support in this holy work of relocation of our Mulpurus.

With respectful regards, we remain,

Yours Faithfully,

For Panandiker’s Govind Purus Trust


President                  Secretary




II Shri Govind Purus Prassann II



Warm greetings to all Panandiker’s  and may all be blessed by the grace of our Kuladevi  Shri Shantadurga and Mul Purus Shri Govind Purus.

Last year, a group of Panandikers came together in order to address the concerns of our Purohit Shri. Vinubhat regarding the condition of the current “sthan” (place) situated at Vinubhat’s residence.  It was learnt that the current “linga”(symbolic stone representation of our Purus) and the temple itself were indeed in need of immediate renovation.  An attempt was made to contact and inform all the Panandikers about the condition of the temple.  A large number of Panandiker’s attended the meeting called for by the group, and expressed their concern over the plight of the premises and “linga”.  An action committee was immediately formed to address these concerns and thus the work of deciding the future of our Purus temple began.

We were indeed ecstatic when our Kuladevi gave a decisive “Kaul Prasad” to relocate the temple to a new site. We were further elated when we were granted a “Sthan” next to the water tank by the then existing committee and all the Mahajan’s  of Kavlem Devasthan.  A Trust was formed with 20 settlors, and 8 members were enrolled.  Plans were drawn, permissions were attained in a record period of time.  We now eagerly await the speedy development of the new temple and commence the regular “seva” of our Mul Purus.

Following is the Budgeted/Estimated cost of Construction and Maintenance of the New Govind Purus Temple.

Construction of Temple: Rs. 4 Lakhs

Construction of a part of the Retaining Wall of the tank: Rs. 4 Lakhs

Corpus required to Maintain and Perform regular Pooja : Rs. 6 Lakh

Expenses for Purchase of Linga, Utensils, Lamps including installation costs: Rs. 2 Lakhs

Grand Total: Rs 16 Lakhs

Total contributions received so far from the Panandiker Families is Rs. 4,28,001/-. The shortfall is Rs. 11,72,000. We urge all the Panandiker Families to donate generously to ensure the early construction of the temple.


Panandiker’s Govind Purus Trust


Bhoomi Pooja

The Bhoomi Pooja for the new temple for our Purus will be conducted on 18th February 2011 at the new site at 10:30 AM. All those that can attend are requested to please do so.


Site Pictures

Images of Shri Shantadurga Temple and the old and new sites of the Mul Purus. Thanks to Raghudatha Pai Panandiker.


Shri Shantadurga Temple, Kavlem


Entrance to Vinu Pendse’s residence where the current Mul Purus Temple is situated.


Current Mul Purus Temple


Current Mul Purus Site


Main Dwar of Shri Shantadurga Temple

The new site of the Mul Purus is to the left down the steps to the “tali” (tank)


As you climb down the steps to the “tali” the site is to the right.


New site of Mul Purus Temple.


Panchayatana Puja


Panchayatana puja (IAST Pañcayatana puja) is the system of worship in the Smarta sampradaya of Hinduism. It is said to have been introduced by Adi Shankara, the 8th century CE Hindu philosopher. It consists of the worship of five deities: Shiva, Vishnu, Devi, Surya and Ganesha. Depending on the tradition followed by Smarta households, one of these deities is kept in the center and the other four surround it. Worship is offered to all the deities. The five are represented by small murtis, or by five kinds of stones, or by five marks drawn on the floor.[1] One is placed in the center as the devotee’s preferred God, Ishta Devata, and the other four in a square around it.

Source: Wikipedia


What is Smarthism?

There are four main sects or practices Hinduism Shaivism, Saktism, Vaishnavism and Smarthism.

Smarthism is an ancient Brahminical tradition reformed by Sankara in the ninth century. The wordSmartas means those who follow the Smriti or dharma Sastras. Smartas follow the Smriti literature, particularly Dharma Shastra, Puranas and the Ithihasas. They worship five forms of God and also revere the Vedas and the Agamas. These are Shiva, Vishnu, Ganapathi, Surya and Shakti and this system is called Panchayatana.  Sankara reformed the sect and today the sect is synonymous with Adi Shankara’s monistic, meditative and philosophical theories. Kumara was further added by Shankara’s reform. The five-sect system of Smartas is that in which the deities can be chosen as one’s own personal and preferred deity (Ishta Devata). Smarta sect is the liberal branch of current day Hinduism that believes in attainment of salvation through mainly Jnana yoga. However other Yogas like Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga and Raja Yoga are also believed to bring enlightenment. Jnana Yoga involves the study of scriptures (shravana), reflection (manana) and sustained meditation (dhyana).

Most Smarta – liberal Hindus believe that moksha is achieved through Jnana yoga alone – defined as an intellectual and meditative but non-kundalini-yoga path. Jnana yoga’s progressive stages are scriptural study [sravana], reflection [manana] and sustained meditation [dhyana]. Guided by a realized guru and avowed to the unreality of the world, the initiate meditates on himself as Brahman to break through the illusion of Maya. Devotees may also choose from three other non-successive paths to cultivate devotion. accrue good karma and purify the mind. These are Bhakthi yogaKarma yoga andRaja yoga, which certain Smartas teach, can also bring enlightenment.

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Temple Design

Temple Elevation

Temple Plan

Temple Site Location


Letter to Panandikers regarding construction of Temple

Shri Shantadurga Prassanna

Shri Govind Purus Prassanna

Panandiker’s Govind Purus Trust

(Registration No 15/10, Ponda Goa)

Shri Mahalaxmi Saunsthan, Laxminagar, Madel, Sernabatim, Colva, Salcette, Goa – 403708

Dear Sir,

We refer to the SYNOPSIS about the movement undertaken to construct a temple for our Mulpurus vide our letter dated 19.04.2010 sent on behalf of the Panandiker Kutumb.

We are now pleased to inform you that the efforts of the movement has culminated in the approval of  our plan for construction of the Mulpurus Temple by the Queula Panchayat vide their Construction License No 12/2010-2011 dated 29.09.2010. We are further pleased to inform you that we have formed a trust by the name of Panandiker’s Govind Purus Trust which is registered with the Sub Registrar at Ponda, under No 15/10 with office as above.

The following are the present seven office bearers of the Trust:-

  1. Shri Sukhanand P. Panandiker — 9422641391 — President
  2. Shri Prasad V. Pai Panandiker — 9422057204 — Vice President
  3. Shri Raghudatha S. Pai Panandikar — 9822410444 — Secretary
  4. Shri Shamsunder R. Poi Panandikar — 9421240936 — Jt. Secretary
  5. Shri Pandurang M. Pai Panandiker — 9822125385 — Treasurer
  6. Shri Atul X. Pai Panandikar — 9890358046 — Jt. Treasurer
  7. Shri Rohit R Pai Panandiker — 8975766034 — Attorney

By invoking the blessings of Shri Shantadurga and Shri Govind Purus, we shall soon commence the construction of the Temple.

The membership of the Trust is open to all major male members and who are

  • Mahajans of Shri Shantadurga Saunstan, Kavlem
  • belonging to Bharadwaj Gotra, and
  • have the deity of their kulpurus by the name of “Govind Purus” presently installed and worshiped at Kavlem in the residence of the Vinayak Pendse family.

We request you to be a member of the Trust and contribute to the construction of the Temple generously. Your membership fee and/or donations may be sent by account payee and crossed cheques in favor of the Trust. For further details kindly contact any of the above office bearers.

Thanking you in anticipation and expecting your whole-hearted support in this holy work of relocation of our Mulpurus.

With Respectful Regards,




Plea for content

If you have any content that you may want to add to this site for e.g.  the history, origins, customs, rites, photographs etc please send them to either or hand it over to one of the office bearers of the Trust.


Welcome to the Panandiker Kutumb’s Shri Govind Purus Website

Welcome to the Panandiker Kutumb’s Govind Purus Website. The site has been created to disseminate information on the mul purus of the Panandiker Kutumb. In the coming weeks more information on the trust and upcoming construction work will be uploaded here.