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Mangueshi Temple

Manguesh temple
Manguesh temple

Shri Mangeshi temple is located at Mangueshi VillagePriol, Ponda Taluka, Goa. It is at a distance of 1 Km from Mardol close to Nagueshi, 22 Km from Panaji the capital of Goa and 26 Km from Madgaon. This temple is one of the largest, most enchanting, serene and most frequently visited temples in Goa. The temple has recently banned entry of foreigners into the temple citing objectionable dressing and conduct as the reason. The temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Manguesh, an incarnation of Shiva. He is also referred to as Saib (The Bhagavan of Goa) by Hindus. Bhagavan Mangesh is worshipped here as Shiva linga. According to the legends Lord Shiva had manifested in to a tiger to scare Parvati. Paravati who was paranoid at the sight of the tiger went in search of Lord Shiva. Parvati was supposed to say “Trahi maam Gireesh” but instead out of nervousness she said: “Trahimangeesh”. He is the kuldevta of many Hindus in Goa specially of Saraswat Brahmins & Bhandaris.

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