The 450-year-old Mangeshi Temple is located in Priol village of Ponda taluka in Central Goa. It is also known as Shri Mangesh Temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple stands out in the village with its simple yet exquisite structure. The temple architecture features several domes, pilasters, balustrades, and a tower. In the complex, facing the statue of Lord Shiva there is a prominent Nandi Bull and a beautiful seven-tiered Deep Stambha (lamp tower). The temple also features a magnificent water tank, which some believe is the oldest part of Mangeshi Temple in Goa.
The Sabha Griha is a large spacious hall which can accommodate over 500 devotees. The decor in the hall includes chandeliers from the nineteenth century. The central part of the Sabha Griha leads to the main Garbha Griha, which houses the sacred statue of Mangesh. The temple built in typical Goan architecture stands out against a sylvan backdrop of rolling green hills, making it a popular religious landmark to visit in Goa.
Mangeshi Temple History
The Peshwas donated the land of Mangeshi village to the temple in 1739 by Shri Ramchandra Malhar Sukhtankar, a staunch follower of Shri Mangesh. The temple has been renovated twice from its original structure during the reign of the Marathas in Goa and again in the year 1890. The final renovation, when a golden Kalasha (vessel) was placed atop the dome, took place in the year 1973.
The main temple is dedicated to Lord Manguesh which is an incarnation of Shiva. The Sanskrit words "mam girisha" got associated with Shiva and over time and these words got abbreviated to Manguesh. The complex also houses shrines of Goddess Parvati and God Ganesha.
Daily pujas in Mangeshi Temple are performed regularly. Every morning, pujas like Abhisheka, Laghurudra, and Maharudra are performed by the temple priests. There is also a Maha Aarti at noon and Panchopchar Pooja at late evening.