Mangueshi Temple



Distance from Panjim: 
22 km
South Goa

Mangesh temple is located in Ponda, the temple has a very distinctive seven story deepstambha(lamp tower), welcoming its visitors with a small but exquisite entrance. Mangueshi Temple is situated on a hillock surrounded by lush greenery of coconut palms and paddy fields. This 500+ years old temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Manguesh, an incarnation of Shiva. Bhagavan Mangesh is worshipped here as Shiva linga. The Temple complex also has shrines of Goddess Parvati and God Ganesha. This Mangueshi Temple had its origins in Cortalim, a village in Saxty(Salcette) which was occupied by the Portuguese in 1543. Later when the Portuguese started Christian conversions in Salcete taluka, the Mangesh Linga from the original site at Cortalim on the banks of river Zuari was moved to its present location at Mangeshi, which was then ruled by the Hindu kings of Sonde of Antruz Mahal(Ponda), to be more secure. But eventually in 1763 this area too fell into Portuguese occupation, 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.

What's nearby?

  • Airport
  • Bus stop
  • Hotel
  • Lifeguard
  • Parking
  • Public restroom
  • Railway station
  • Restaurant
  • Shack
  • Smoking allowed
  • Taxi/Cab