Image Gallery of Shri Mangeshi Temple / Shri Mangueshi Temple Goa, India
Located at Priol in the Ponda Taluka, Shri Mangeshi Temple is at a distance of 22 kms from Panaji. Dedicated to Lord Manhueshi who is a form of another Hindu God Lord Shiva, it is quite popular amongst tourists.
There are many legends associated with this temple. According Hindu Beliefs, Lord Shiva had lost everything to his wife Goddess Parvati, at the game of dice. This is when he had come to Goa.
Goddess Parvati, while searching him, too had reached Goa where Lord Shiva disguised himself as Tiger. Terrified by the tiger, Parvati said “Trahi Mam Grisha" which meant “Lord of the Mountains, please come and rescue me”. Hearing this Lord Shiva came back into his original form and went back with her.
Originally the deity was at the South of Zuari River which was later shifted to its current location, Priol, after Portuguese came in.
The name of this temple is associated with this legend. Owing to the words, "Mam Grisha", Lord Shiva is also being called as Manguesh; hence the name of the temple.
The temple has been mesmerizing devotees and visitors with its simplistic beauty for last 400 years. The temple is adorned with a refreshing water body. According to some, this is one of the oldest parts of the temple.
There is also a seven storied lamp tower in the temple complex. There are also a few shrines dedicated to the family deities which are located within the temple complex.