While Goa, undoubtedly, is more of a party and fun place, it is home to some very popular pilgrimage sites as well. Shri Mangeshi Temple in Goa is one such place and is considered as one of the most significant spots for pilgrims and at the same is also a tourist attraction for people pouring in from various parts of the world.
The temple is located in Mangeshi village and is apparently one of the wealthiest and largest Hindu shrines of the state. The temple has an old tale of Lord Shiva and Parvati because of which it got its name. The temple is around 21 km away from the capital city of the state and is situated in North Goa.
Shri Mangeshi Temple has been dedicated to Bhagwan Mangesh who is revered as one of the reincarnations of Lord Shiva. Legend has it that once Lord Shiva had transformed himself into a tiger to scare his beloved wife Goddess Parvati. And when Goddess Parvati saw the Tiger, she was quite scared and went in search of Lord Shiva crying out ‘Trahi Mam Girisha’ which over time diluted down to Manguirisha or Manguesh.
If you like travelling to unique places then this temple is going to be a good choice. This spot offers an incredible mix of Goa’s charming feels along with the spiritual reverence of a significant temple spot.
Shri Mangeshi Temple traces its roots back to the Kushasthali in Cortalim - an adorable village which was invaded by the Portuguese in 1543. In 1560, when the Portuguese started the conversion to Christianity, the locals moved the Mangesh Linga from its original site to Kushasthali on the river banks of Aghanashini where it is presently located in the village of Atrunja Taluka.
Since it was transferred to this village, it has gone for renovation work twice. First time during the reign of the Marathas and the second time in 1890. And recently, the last renovation was done in 1973 when specifically a Golden Kalasha was fitted at the top of the temple premise.
It is said that the oldest structure was quite simple in its built and architectural style. The current structure, however, was constructed in a more adept way during the Maratha rule. Anyway, soon after the structure was built, this area fell into the hands of Portuguese rulers.
1. Deepstambha. Visit the temple and appreciate the amazing seven-storeyed lamp tower The Deepstambha sited in the temple complex is surrounded by the beautiful water body. It is believed to be the oldest part of the temple. When lighted with diyas, the aura of this spot is a sin to be missed.
2. Khandepar Cave Temples. These are located in Ponda Taluk on the banks of Kandepar river. It is believed that these caves were built around the 12th century and were discovered in 1970. For any history lover, these caves are a very nice option to explore.
3. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary. Here, the tourists get to explore some of the most unique species of animals at this sanctuary.
4. Cansaulim Beach. This is perhaps one of the most amazing options to go with if you want to chill and unwind. It is just the kind of spot where you would love to click some cool pictures and make some unforgettable memories.
5. Majorda Beach. The overall aura of this beach is quite calm and serene and perhaps this is one factor which makes this beach come across as one of the best sites to spend the quality time with your loved ones.
Dedicated in honour of Bhagwan Manguesh, Shri Mangeshi Temple is a must-visit for any spiritual seeker. It is located at a distance of about 1,875, 586, 2,151, 573 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Check out the ravel details below on how you can reach here by the following means of public transport.
By Air. The nearest airport is the Dabolim Airport (GOI) which is located at an approximate distance of 30-40 kilometres. It has very good connectivity with other cities and towns via domestic flights as well as good international connectivity.
The airport is managed by the Airports Authority of India and is based in an Indian Naval Base named INS Hansa. From the airport, you will need to cover the remaining distance by some means of public conveyance.
By Train. Madgaon and Vasco da Gama are the nearest railway stations situated 30-40 km away. Both of these railheads are well linked with nearby cities and towns. Once you deboard at either of the stations, as per your convenience, you will need to take some locally available conveyance to reach your destination.
By Road. Travelling to Goa can really be a fun experience, especially via road. Goa is very well connected with other Indian cities and towns via motorable highways and roadways. To travel here, you can book interstate/private buses at fairly cheap rates. Otherwise, you can also take your own vehicle or book a taxi.
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