In the foothills 25km southwest of Panjim at Ponda Taluka is the Sri Manguesh Temple, a 350-year old structure dedicated to Lord Manguesh, an incarnation of Lord Shiva.

Originally, the temple was in a hidden location at the Kushasthali but the Saraswats of Vatsa Gotra shifted the temple to Ponda Taluka for fear of the Portuguese. At that time the Ponda Taluka was ruled by the Hindu kings of Sonde and was considered safe.

There was no photography allowed inside.

Goa Temple Manguesh





  1. Comment by Virginia O'Donnell

    Virginia O'Donnell Reply January 8, 2012 at 5:24 am


  2. Comment by Maria

    Maria Reply January 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    the most important aspect of this temple is the shiva linga…did you get to see it be worshiped?

  3. Comment by Kelly A. Klovas

    Kelly A. Klovas Reply January 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Gorgeous! <3

  4. Comment by Amber Gross

    Amber Gross Reply January 14, 2012 at 5:36 am

    This is beyond great! How freakin' cool to experience it all ;).

  5. Comment by Lauren Axelrod

    Lauren Axelrod Reply January 17, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Looks like you’re having an amazing time. Or are you back already? I love the fourth picture. The architecture is certainly surprising in its orientation. Like a blend of Roman and Indian influences.

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