Mangueshi Temple

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Overview

Mangueshi Temple is situated at Mangeshi in Priol Village of Goa’s Ponda taluka, has an air of distinctive elegance. Laced with beautiful environs of lush green hills.This Temple is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.The temple of Shri Mangesh is set amidst natural beauty and pleasant surroundings. It belongs to the typical Goan Hindu temple style of architecture. It is very distinctive with its white towers, welcoming at the entrance even though it is small and exquisite. It is one of the largest, wealthiest and most frequently visited temples in Goa.
 
Its tall and majestic ‘deepstambha', the highest lamp tower in Goa is a landmark which is extremely beautiful to look at. When lighted with the traditional oil lamps during the evenings, its soothing impression on an ardent devotee is a world in itself.
 
The temple’s origins come from Kushasthali and which is now known as Cortalim, a village in Salcette. During that time Salcete fell in the hands of the Portuguese rule in 1543. And this temple was dutifully preserved until the arrival of the inquisition from Europe in 1567. So during the year 1560, the Portuguese started Christian conversions in Salcete taluka, so the Saraswats of Vatsa Gotra felt insecure and shifted the Mangesh Linga from the original site at the Kushasthali on the banks of river Aghanashini to present place in May 1st, 1560 A.D. to the locality now known as Mangeshim in Priol village of Atrunja Taluka, which at that time was ruled by the Hindu kings of Sonde.After remaining in the house of a temple priest for sometime, Shri Mangesh deity was finally installed in its present site at Priol. The original site was a very simple structure, and the current structure was only built under Maratha rule, so 150 years after it had been moved, the Peshwas donated the village of Mangeshi to the temple in 1739 on the suggestion of their Sardar, Shri Ramchandra Malhar Sukhtankar, who was a staunt follower of Shri Mangesh. Ironically, just a few years after it was built, this area too fell into Portuguese hand in 1764, but by now, the Portuguese had lost their initial religious zeal and had become quite tolerant of other religions, and so, this structure remained untouched.
 
On the main Panaji - Ponda highway stands the majestic roadside Gateway to the temple leading to the long path to the main gate to the temple which is laced with the sacred talav. As you enter the Mahadwar of the temple one is presented with a beautiful view Sabhamandap of marble floorings, the massive marble pillars. The Sabhamandap is richly decorated with Chandelairs of the 19th century.The sanctum sanctorum  of the temple which is decorated with a beautiful silver gateway housed the golden image of Lord Mangesh crowned a top with a ferocious image of Lord Narsinha. Decorative windows, handrailings, entrance columns, pediments, all give the temple an irresistible look. The deity looks bright decorated with locally available flowers, ornaments, shawl etc.
 
Annual festivals include Ramanavami, Akshaya Tritiya, Anant Vritotsava, Dussera, and Diwali. The main annual festival of this Temple falls on the day of "Magh Pournima" in February. The three day zatra of Shri Mangesh takes place in the lavish temple in the Ponda district which draws huge and colorful crowds. Navaratri and Shivaratri are observed grandly with Makharotsava. March sees the festival of Holi or Shigmo.
 
Temple Timing : 6:00 am to 10:00 pm
 
How to Reach,
 
Road Way : It is located at Mangeshim in Ponda and is some 1 km away from Mardol. You have to head south west towards the Dinanath Mangeshkar Road to reach the temple. Priolkar Hospital is a major landmark around the temple.
 Many inter state government run and privately operated buses travel through Mardol.
 
Nearest Railway Station :  Karmali or Old Goa, on Konkan Railway,other main stations in Goa being Madgaon Railway Station, Panaji, Vasco Da Gama and Sanvordem.
 
Nearest Airport : Dabolim Airport
 

Location

Country
India
State
Goa
City
North goa
Location
Ponda
Address
Mangueshi Temple, Mangeshi, Priol, Ponda, North Goa 403001, India
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Mangueshi Temple, Mangeshi
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Nearest Airport
Dabolim Airport
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latitude : 15.380800250 longitude :73.831398010
Corporation : Vasco da Gama
GPS Code : VOGO
Architect
Indo-Portuguese & Islamic style of architecture
Visiting Hours
6:00 am to 10:00 pm

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