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Timings : 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Things to Know :

  • Devotees are expected to wash the hands and feet before entering the temple
  • Every Monday, the idol of Lord Shiva is taken out for a procession before the evening aarti
  • Free parking is available at the temple
  • Photos inside the main temple complex is prohibited

Location : 1 km from Mardol
21 km from Panaji
26 km from Margaon

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Mangeshi Temple, Goa Overview

Mangeshi Temple or Shri Mangueshi Temple is Lord Shiva temple located in the Mangeshi village in Ponda region of Goa. The largest and most visited temple in Goa, it is built in the honour of Bhagwan Manguesh, the Kuldevata of Gaud Saraswat Brahmins. The deity is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva, whose name was derived from "Mam Girisha" the words used by Goddess Parvati when Lord Shiva made a successful attempt to scare her by taking the form of a Tiger.

The Mangeshi Temple complex also houses shrines of Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha along with other deities. Lord Shiva is worshipped here in the form of Shiva Linga. This Mangesh Linga is believed to have been consecrated on Mongir mountain along the banks of the Bhagirathi River by Lord Brahma. The 450-year old temple is known for its stunning architecture with grand domes and a magnificent water tank.

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