Mangueshi Temple, Goa

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Ponda, North Goa, India, 403404
15.4451 N,73.966664 E
Transport is available from Ponda.

Located about 21 km from Panaji, the Mangueshi temple stands tall amidst the Hindu temples of Goa. The Manguesh temple was originally located at Kushasthali (present day Cortalim). With the threat of persecution looming, the linga was transferred from the original temple to the present location at Priol. Manguesh is an incarnation of lord Shiva and the Shivalinga inside the fluorite designed sanctum is flanked by dwarpalas (guards).

The temple is a modern piece of architecture blended with traditional Hindu pattern. The entrance to the temple bears an image, which wards off every thing impure from the inner precincts of the temple and maintains its sanctity. Festivals and periodical devotional activities are conducted with great zeal. Monday is the weekly festival. On this day murti of the Lord is taken out, before the Aarti at night, in a procession in Palakhi accompanied by music. The annual festivals are Ramanavami, Navaratri, Magha Poornima Festival (Jatrotsav) and Mahashivratri.