Situated just 20 km from Goa’s capital Panaji, the Manguesh temple is one of the most revered sites for followers of Hindu religion and is visited by hundreds of people every day. The pristine glory of the temple is enhanced by the huge welcome gate and a beautiful lamp tower.
The small yet grand temple is built in typical Hindu architectural style with shrines, towers and spacious courtyards embellishing its interiors. The Shivalingam inside the temple, which is dedicated to the presiding deity, Lord Shiva, is flanked by guards. The temple can be seen in its complete glory during the annual festival held in the month of January when the structure in illuminated with lamps and the idol is taken out for procession in a huge chariot.
Location of Sri Manguesh Temple
The Manguesh temple is situated at Mangueshi in Ponda Taluka of Goa just 20 km from Panaji along National Highway 4A.
The temple is believed to have been originally built somewhere in Cortalim but was later moved to its present location here between Priol and Mardol. After the temple was moved in the 16th century, it underwent a number of renovation projects. A golden vessel was fitted on top of the dome as part of the refurbishment process.
How to reach Shri Manguesh Temple
The Manguesh temple is located near NH4, which connects Panaji with Ponda and therefore easily connected with rest of the region. Buses ply regularly between Panaji and Mangueshi, which take just over 30 minutes to reach the temple. You can also hire a taxi from Panaji, which also gives you the advantage of covering other important tourist attractions in the region.
Panaji is easily accessible via all the three forms of transport (Air, Rail and Road) from every major city across the country.