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| Last Updated:: 13/09/2023

Dabos Cave


Dabos is a small village in the taluka of Sattari. This village has the second cave site of Sattari which is historically and archaeologically very important. The village has a cave temple dating perhaps to the 9th or the 10th century. It is hewn out of a laterite boulder which is located on a steep slope amidst cashew plantations. It is locally known as Khadapatali Hovari.


According to the usual folklore told in the rest of Goa, this village also tells that the caves were built by the five Pandavs. The cave was hewn for worship of Shiva but has probably remained incomplete. In case it had to be complete then it would have been known as the cave having the biggest carved laterite Shivling in Goa.


The cave has a rectangular shaped doorway and has just one room which houses the Shivling. The interesting part of the cave is the incomplete carved Shivling in the centre. The Shivling is like a broad pillar with round edges on the top. The Shivling is as tall as the lintel. The Shivling reminds one of the Amarnath Shivling which is formed due to ice in the North India. This Shivling rests against the wall as it is not fully carved.


The structure of the cave is very plain and has no mouldings or reliefs. It also does not have any sort of Shikhar on the top like the caves of Khandepar in Ponda. However a well carved door frame is visible.