Shri Mangesh Temple, also known as Mangireesh, Manguesh or Mangueshi,
is one among the famous temples in Goa. Dedicated to Mangueshi - an incarnation
of Lord Shiva, this temple on a hillock is located at Priol in Ponda taluka,
about 21 kms from Panaji. To avoid destruction by the Portuguese, devotees
shifted the deity (the Shiva linga) from the original temple at Kushasthali
(present day Cortalim) to the present location. The temple which is believed
to be built around 1744, has been rebuilt and has undergone several renovations.
The temple is a modern piece of architecture blended with a mix of Hindu,
Christian and Muslim influences. The image of the deity is housed behind
a highly decorated silver doorway. At the entrance, slightly to the north
of the temple, is a majestic 7 storied Deepa Stambha (lamp tower). It
is the tallest and most imposing column in Goa and looks most beautiful
on festival nights when illuminated with traditional oil lamps.