The temple of Shri Mangesh is set amidst natural beauty and pleasant surroundings. Mangeshi, which is a little village along Goa's Panaji-Ponda road is a point of pilgrimage for hundreds of tourists from all over India and abroad. The temples of Shree Shantadurga located at Kavale Village and Shree Mangeshi are two of the most revered patron deities in Goa.
The Mangeshi territory of Ponda was not under Portuguese rule in the 16th Century and hence was seen as a safe haven by the Hindus fleeing persecution by the Jesuits and Portuguese. The forests of Ponda were ideal places for Hindus to form makeshift temples with the Idols they had salvaged from the broken temples of Salcette. The original site of Sri Mangeshi temple is Kushasthali or Cortalim in Salcette.
Shantadurga Temple is a large temple complex at the foothill of Kavale village near the Mangeshi temple. Foundation stone of Shantadurga Templewas laid in 1730.
The famous musical family of the Mangeshkar's belong to this village of Mangeshi. Their father, Deena nath Mangeshkar was born (1900) in the village of Mangeshi then in Portuguese India
Mangeshi Temple is dedicated to Bhagvan Manguesh, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The 400 year old Sri Mangeshi temple is noted for its pillars which are considered to be the most beautiful among the temples in Goa. There is a prominent Nandi Bull and a beautiful seven-storeyed deepstambha (lamp tower) at the gates in the temple complex. The temple also has a magnificent water tank, which is believe to be the oldest part of the temple.
'Pooja' at Mangeshi Temple
Like most temples in Goa, Mangeshi Temple too has a large number of pujas being performed daily. Every day in the morning Shodshopchar pujas are performed. This is followed by Maha-Aarti at noon and Panchopchar pooja at night.