In India, temples are considered the holy abodes of God. One can find temples at a distance of few steps everywhere. But there are certain temples that hold a unique place in the hearts of people due to their elaborate historical and architectural significance. Mangeshi Temple in Goa is one such temple with an amusing story.

The history of the establishment of Mangeshi Temple:

It is believed that Lord Brahma sanctified the Mangesh Linga on the Mangireesh (Mongir) mountain on the banks of river Bhagirathi. Later, the Saraswat Brahmins brought the Linga to Trihotrapuri in Bihar. They carried the linga to Gomantaka and settled at Mormugao, on the bank of Zuari river and then a temple was established here to worship Lord Shiva in the form of Lord Mangesh.

Mangeshi Mandir - Shiva Temple

Mangeshi Mandir – Shiva Temple – Photo: Shrikrishna Waingankar

Soon, this area came under the rule of the Portuguese and in 1560, when the Portuguese started Christian conversions in Mormugao, the Saraswats of Vatsa Gotra moved the Mangesh Linga from the original site to its present location at Mangeshi temple in Priol village to protect the Linga.

The temple has been renovated twice during the reign of the Marathas. The Peshwas donated the village of Mangeshi to the temple due to the suggestion of Shri Ramchandra Malhar Sukhtankar in 1739. This region later came under the rule of Portuguese but this time it was safe as their influence of conversion into Christianity was subsided by that time. So the temple was safe. The final renovation of the Mangeshi temple took place in 1973 when a golden kalasha was fitted on the top of the tallest dome of the temple.

Myths regarding the Mangeshi temple dedicated to Lord Mangesh:

Mangeshi Temple in Goa - Beautiful

Mangeshi Temple in Goa. Photo : Mandar Rede‎

As per the myths circling around the Shiva Linga of this temple, years ago, Lord Shiva was playing tricks with Goddess Parvati and for that, he turned himself into a Tiger. Goddess Parvati was scared of the Tiger and called the Lord for help. While calling Lord Shiva, the panic-stricken Goddess Parvati uttered the words “Trahi Mam girisha!” which translates to “Lord of Mountains, save me!” and since then, the word Mam girisha was used for Lord Shiva and over the time, this word came to be known as Mangesh. Hence, Lord Shiva is worshipped as Lord Mangesh.

The Architectural Beauty of  Mangeshi Temple:

This temple which is standing for 450 years now, has a marvelous structure. The temple is a complex of many domes and balustrades and magnificent columns. The temple complex contains a Water Tank which is considered as the oldest part of this temple. A seven-story Deepstambha adorns the temple and adds to its beauty. The temple looks more beautiful at night due to a large number of lamps which are illuminated during the night time. A grand Nandi welcomes the visitors to the temple of Lord Shiva. The Sabha Griha of the temple is a large hall with a capacity to accumulate a crowd of 500 easily and it is decorated with 19th-century chandeliers. One can go from the Sabha Griha to the main complex of the temple(Garbha Griha) where the Shiva Linga lies in its glory.

Mangeshi Temple - Drone View 360

Mangeshi Temple – Photo: Prafulla Pai‎

How to reach the Mangeshi Temple:

The temple is located in Priol-Ponda Taluka which is around 22 km from Panaji and 26 km from Margao in South Goa. Visitors can easily get buses from the Kadamba Bus Terminus which is 21 km from Priol. The frequency of buses to the temple is quite good and one can get buses throughout the day. One can also rent cars or two-wheelers or book a cab or auto to the temple.

Rituals of the temple:

Mangeshi Temple with Tower - Goa

Mangeshi Temple with Tower – Goa Photo: Avinash Mundhe

Daily Rituals

The Shiva Linga is worshiped trice every day. Early morning rituals include the Shodshopchar pujas which consist of Abhisheka, Laghurudra and Maharudra. Maha-Aarti is performed in the afternoon and the Panchopchar pooja is done at night. Every Monday, the idol of Lord Mangesh is taken out in a palakhi for a musical procession which is followed by evening aarti.

Mangeshi Temple Aarti Timing

Monday6:00 am –10:00 pm
Tuesday6:00 am –10:00 pm
Wedesday6:00 am –10:00 pm
Thursday6:00 am –10:00 pm
Friday6:00 am –10:00 pm
Saturday6:00 am –10:00 pm
Sunday6:00 am –10:00 pm
Festivals Rituals

Many festivals are celebrated in the temple throughout the year like Rama Navami, Akshaya Tritiya, Anant Vritotsava, Navaratri, Dussehra, Diwali and Mahashivratri.

But the best time to see the temple in a colorful festive form is during the Magha Poornima Festival which is celebrated around the end of February. The idol of Lord Mangesh is decorated elaborately during this festival and people join in the Ratha Yatra to celebrate the festival of Magha Poornima.

Stork-billed kingfisher, Mangeshi temple, goa

kingfisher at Mangeshi Mandir – Goa | Photo: Vishal Dubhashi‎

Things to keep in mind while visiting the Mangeshi Temple:

  • In 2011, a dress-code has been imposed on the visitors of Mangeshi temple to ensure the temple decorum. Clad yourself in an appropriate dress to get entry into the temple.
  • The temple is open throughout the day from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm every day.
  • There is no entry fee for visiting the temple.
  • One can be a part of the Aarti in the temple during any of the 3-time worship of the Idol.
  • Photography and Videography are strictly prohibited in the temple.

One must take this detour to the Mangeshi Temple when one visits Goa to dwell in the past glory of the temple and the interesting historical story attached to its establishment. Praise the beauty of this temple and offer your regards to Lord Shiva which resides here in the form of Lord Mangesh. One can also meditate and find peace in the huge Sabha Griha of the temple and enchant inner spirits.

1 Review for Mangeshi Temple – Tour Guide, History, Timing


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Its great temple with great history

5/ 5

I like this place because od its history, i really never knew the history before this. It realise how we faught against british n Portuguese to save our heritage. The place ia really peaceful. Lord Shiva bless us all.

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