Saturday, January 23, 2010

Mangesh Temple

Shri Mangesh popularly known as Mangireesh or Manguesh isone of Goa's most prominent temples.Thetemple of Shri Mangesh is set amidst natural beauty and pleasant surroundings.


 History :
In 1560, anticipating the onslaught of the Portuguese, the devotees had moved Shri Mangesh Shivalinga from Kutthal to a safer place under a Hindu prince. Surrounded by hillocks and covered by forests, the Shivalinga was kept at a place, which now is known as Mangeshi.

The Peshwas donated in 1739, the village of Mangeshi to the temple on the suggestion of their Sardar, Shri Ramchandra Malhar Sukhtankar, who was a life-long devotee of Shri Mangesh.

Since then this little village on the Panaji-Ponda road has become a place of pilgrimage for the followers of the Lord and an attraction for the tourists from rest of the country and outside.

Known for its natural beauty and pleasant surroundings, Mangeshi is still a hamlet with about 1,000 families. But it is a center of culture and the musicians from this place have earned countrywide reputation as master singers for several generations.

Festivals : Monday  -- weekly festival
The annual festivals :
Akshaya Tritiya
Anant Vritotsava
Magha Poornima
How t Reach: From Panaji 30 Minutes drive.

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