Situated at 22km from Panaji, the capital of Goa, at Priol in Ponda Taluka, Mangueshi temple is dedicated to Lord Mangueshi, incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple is surrounded with lush greenary and is one of the largest and frequently visited temples in Goa. Mangueshi temple originated from Kushasthali, now known as Cortalim which is a village in Salcette. Salcette fell under Portuguese invasion during 1567 and the temple though preserved dutifully but later shifted to Priol which was under the rule of Hindu kings of Sonde during that time. After shifting the temple, its deity was installed in the present site of Priol. This 400years old temple is famous for the pristine glory and rich history surrounding its premises for decades.
The Hindu temple of Mangueshi was built as a manifestation of Lord Shiva who according to legends, came in the form of a tiger to scare his abode Parvati. Scared and nervous Parvati ran in search of Lord Shiva and became paranoid and uttered “Trahimangesh” instead of saying “Trahi maam Gireesh” which translates to “ O Lord of the mountain save me”. Hence the name Mangueshi temple has derived.
One of the most unique features of the temple is the beautiful seven-storey Deepstambha or the white lamp tower. The water tank considered to be one of the oldest and the naubat khana where music was played during worship. The Goan style of chiseled architecture is very prominent in the temple’s structure and style. The courtyard consists of many lodging places for pilgrims along with buildings for ceremonies and administrative offices. The beauty of Mangueshi temple lies in its poise, elegantly preserved through its sacred religious themes and figures of deities carved at the bottom storey of the temple’s panels. Several domes accompany the entrance hall with recurrence of octagonal style of dome.
The courtyard contains a temple dedicated to Lord Bhairava, an aggressive and violent form of Lord Shiva. Above the main entrance lays the universal symbol of peace and meditation “OM” and the mandate is divided by two rows. The ornate ceiling with chandeliers of 19th century and decorated geometric patterns makes the temple worthy of high architectural stature.
How to Reach
The nearest airport to Mangueshi Temple is Dabolim airport in Goa which is 32 km away from the temple. The airport hosts major domestic and international flights. Suravali railway station Junction is the main railway station 4 km away from Mangueshi temple. There are many available hotels near the railway station. Goa is also very well connected via roads to the major Indian cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Mysore etc. Driving from Mumbai or Pune will take from 7-9hrs and is a good option to travel Goa to visit Lord Mangueshi Temple.
Winter is probably best season to visit the temple which remains open all days of the week from 6 AM to 10 PM.
With its gracefully built Deepstambha and well preserved ambience surrounded with beautiful scenery, the pious sanctum of Lord Mangueshi Temple in Goa brings peace and tranquility to the soul.