Shri Mangueshi is one of the famous temples in Goa. Geographically, it is located 21 km from Panaji, the capital of Goa. It is one of the largest and most frequently visited temples. Luckily, I had been twice to Goa and both the times, I had the privilege of visiting the deity.
The Mangesh Linga is dedicated to Bhagavan Manguesh, an incarnation of Shiva. As per the legend, Lord Shiva transformed himself into a tiger to scare his wife Parvati. However , when Parvati cried ‘Trahi Mam girisha!” (Oh Lord of Mountains, save me!), asking for help from her husband, Lord Shiva, He came back to his normal form and thereafter, the name “mam girisha” became associated with Him. With the passage of time, the words got abbreviated to Manguirisha or Manguesh.
According to the historical mythology, during the invasion of the Portuguese in 1543, this temple was originally located at the Kushasthali or Cortalim on the banks of river Aghanashini (Zuari) . However, as the Portuguese started Christian conversions, the Saraswats of Vatsa Gotra moved the Mangesh Linga to the Mangeshi village, which at that time was ruled by the Hindu kings of Sonde of Antruz Mahal.
The Mangueshi Temple was renovated twice, under the Maratha rule, during which a golden kalasha(holy vessel) was fitted atop the tallest dome of the temple. In 1739, the Peshwas gave the village of Mangeshi to the temple. However, just a few years later,i in 1763, this area too fell into the Portuguese hands,but by now, the Portuguese had become religious tolerant and so this structure remained untouched.
There is a prominent Nandi Bull and a beautiful seven-story deepstambha (lamp tower), which stands inside the temple complex.