Farmagudi place is located in the suburbs of Ponda Town and is about 26 kms from Panjim city. It’s a plateau whereby several educational institutes (ITI, GEC, NIT etc) are situated. The famous Ganesha temple( also known as Gopal Ganpati Temple) and a huge statue of Shivaji on horseback standing tall inside the fort, are two prominent sites attracting tourist worldwide.
History says that Gopal Ganpati stone image was discovered by herdsmen during grazing cattle near the hill. He later installed it in small shrine with a thatched roof. In April 24, 1966 the first CM of Goa, Late Shri Dayanand Bandodkar, got the temple rebuilt along-with idol made of metal alloy and consecrated. Shree Ganesh temple depicts both ancient and modern architecture and is a fine example of Indian temple architecture.