Manguesh temple at Mangueshi in Ponda Taluka, the most prominent among
temples, is situated along the National Highway-4A about 23-km from Panaji.
This temple is famous for its pristine glory, which attracts thousands of
visitors every year and is gifted by the Welcome Gate, an elegant lamp
tower, a "Noubatkhana" overlooking the temple tank and the "Agrashalas"
on three sides.
Although the Sri Manguesh temple originally stood in a secret location in
Cortalim, and was moved to its present site between Mardol and Priol during
the 16th century, the structure visitors see today dates from the 1700s.
Within The Temple Enclosure
A gateway at the roadside leads to a paved path and courtyard that leads to
a water tank, overlooked by the white temple building, raised on a plinth.
Also in the courtyard is a seven-storey 'Deepmal', a tower for oil lamps.
Inside, the floor is paved with marble, and bands of decorative tiles
emblazon the white walls. Flanked by large 'Dvarpala' guardians, embossed
silver doorways with florite designs lead to the sanctum, which houses a
A golden "Shesha" besides the Linga and an image of Shiva
constitute the main altar. Lore has it that Parvati, the heavenly consort of
Lord Shiva came to Goa in search of her spouse who had disappeared from
Kailasa following an altercation between them. The Lord tried to frighten
her by appearing in the form of a tiger. Parvati beseeched Shiva to protect
her in these terms. Trahi Mam Girisha (protect me the Lord of mountains). "Mam
Girisha" subsequently became "Mangirisha" or "Manguesh".
The temple is small yet grand with all the component of a Hindu temple,
like the Prakara, mini shrines, Garbha Griha, grand towers and spacious
courtyards. The entire complex, due to outlandish impact looks like a
Gurdwara or palatial mansion, but when entering the complex, one finds our
Hindu traditional gods and their accommodation according to Shastric
injunctions. Devout worship is offered to this deity by its citizens and
tourists as well. Festivals and periodical devotional activities are
conducted with great zeal commendable.
Mangueshi, Ponda Taluka, 23-km From
A Lamp Tower, A Welcome Gate, A
Noubatkhana & Agarshalas.
Prime AttrACTIONs of Ponda
3-km away from Banastari Bridge on
Panaji-Ponda Road is situated the noteworthy temple dedicated to Devaki
Krishna at Marcel. The deity is said to have been brought from Chorao in
Tiswadi to Mayem in Bicholim and then shifted to its present place during
the days of religious persecution by the alien rulers. more..
About 12-km from Kavalem is situated another
important religious monument which is dedicated to Sri Kamakashi. The deity
is believed to have come from Kamakhya, Guwahati in Assam, which is her
original abode. more..
Situated at the foothill of
Kavalem, the Shantadurga temple boasts of a huge tank, a Dipa Stambha and
Agrashalas. The temple was built in 1728 AD during the reign of Shahu
Maharaj of Satara at the request of one of his ministers, Naro Ram Mantri.
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