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Mangueshi Temple: Magha Poornima Festival, Jatrotsav

Shri Mangeshi temple is located at Mangeshim in Priol, in Ponda taluk, very close to Nagueshi, 1 kilometer from Mardol in the capital city of Panaji, in the state of Goa.

According to the latest record of Goa tourism department, this particular temple is most frequently visited, one of the largest, serene and most enchanting temples in Goa. The latest news regarding this temple is that banned entry of foreigners is implemented with immediate effect because of citing objectionable conduct and dressing as the reason.

The primary deity of this temple is Lord Mangueshi, an incarnation of Shiva. In Goa, Lord Shiva is the Kuldevta of Saraswat Brahmins, Konkani Saraswat Bramhins and many other Hindus. The Lord is locally known as Saib means “the Lord of Goa” by Hindus. According to the local legends, Mangesh Linga was brought to the banks of the river Gomati or Zuari by Saraswat Brahmins from Trihotrapuri in Bihar. The present temple is 400 years old and the original temple at the old site belongs to the ancient times.

The other deities present in this temple are Goddess Parvathi, Lord Ganesha, Gramapurusha Deva Sharma of the Kaudanya gotra, Nandikeshvar, Bhagavati and Gajana. In this temple, several types of Pujas are performed for the deities with the participation of devotees such as Maharudra, Laghurudra, Shodshopchar pujas, Panchopchar pooja, Maha-Aarti and Abhishek from early morning to night.

The important festivals of this temple are Magha Poornima Festival (Jatrotsav), Mahashivratri, Ramanavami, Anant Vritotsava, Akshaya Tritiya, Dussera, Navaratri, and Diwali etc.

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