Shri Mangesh temple is located at Mangeshi Village in Priol, Ponda taluk, Goa. It is at a distance of 1 km from Mardol close to Nagueshi, 21 km from Panaji, and 26 km from Margao. The head of the temple is Shri Kavele Math. Shri Mangesh is the Presiding Deity at one of Goa’s most prominent temples. The temple's origin is in Kushasthali, now know as Cortalim, a village in Salcete. The original site was a very simple structure, and the current structure was only built under Maratha rule, some 150 years after it had been moved. The Peshwas donated the village of Mangeshi to the temple in 1739 on the suggestion of their Sardar, Shri Ramchandra Malhar Sukhtankar, who was a staunt follower of Shri Mangesh. The main temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Manguesh, an incarnation of Shiva. Once Shiva had manifested into a tiger to scare his wife Parvati who got frightened and cried searching Shiva screaming Trahi Mam Girisha which means Oh Lord of Mountains, save me. Shiva turned normal and since then Trahi Mam Girisha became associated with Shiva and over time the words got abbreviated to Manguirisha or Manguesh. The other deities in the temple are Nandikeshvar, Gajana, Bhagavati, and the Gramapurusha Deva Sharma of the Kaudanya gotra.
There is also a unique Deepastambha, which is a 7 story octagonal lamp tower, painted white with golden arches. The figure of Nandi Bull regarded as Lord Shiva’s vahana or carrier is yet another eye-catching aspect of the temple complex.
The weather in Goa is pleasant and moderate which brings warm summer days and cool sunny winters. Generally, Goa experiences accurate weather so one can visit the temple anytime.
There are various festivals that are celebrated in the temple during the year. Whether we talk about Magha Pooja in February or Ratha Yatra i.e. the pulling of the chariots. There are thousands of tourists that are attracted to this site and several devotees are witnessed during the festivals.
The distance from Panaji to Mangeshi is 20 km and along the same route, it is 10 km away to Ponda. Many inter-state government-run and privately operated buses travel through Mardol. The common route that visitors take is a bus ride from the nearby Kadamba Bus Terminus which is located 21 km away. The distance between the airport and temple is 35.6km via national highway 748, whereas the distance from Dabolim airport is 14km. It takes an hour to reach the temple. The taxi on average costs around Rs 900-1100 to drop tourists to the temple from the airport.
Goa caters its tourists with high standard accommodations with content facilities at reasonable costs. Goa is a very busy and crowded place for the people, still one can find hotel rooms easily. According to tourist preferences, rooms are available to them with beautiful and scenic views. The hotels charge on average Rs 1500-7000 per night according to booking preferences. Hotels like Alila Diwa Goa, Martin's Comfort, Hotel Anthurium Circle, etc are a few of the hotels that provide all facilities to its customers from a single bed to room services.
As Goa is famous for its multi-cuisine one can never get tired of trying something new and unique. While you will find the majority of cafes and restaurants around the temple, Goa is trying to expand more in terms of food and accommodation offerings. Either one can go for street foods that never fail to water the tourist's mouth, the other option is cafes and restaurants to opt for. From fast food to proper food everything is available at the table at sensible prices. Restaurants like Lead Sheshells, Viraj Classic, Boomerang Beach Restaurant, and Bar provides food for two within Rs 400- Rs1000.
It is always recommended to carry cash and cards when visiting a tourist spot. One can save costs by walking more and hiring cabs only when the distance is far from the destinations.
The other way is when one avoids extravagant shopping and tries to save more as possible. It's obvious that while traveling the budgets get affected but one should always have to keep their pocket tight.
One can avoid the air service and go for rail service in order to save travel costs. It is a good way to keep up with the costs.
The temple has been mesmerizing devotees and visitors with its simplistic beauty for the last 400 years. Shree Mangesh Temple is a must-visit temple for all those who want their wishes to get fulfilled.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.