This follows a longer write-up on the Ramnathi Devasthān.
The Mangeshi Devasthān in Goa is a crown jewel of Konkani Temples. The an-iconic form of Shiva, the linga representing Mangesh, was originally in the ancient temple of Kushastali (Cortalim, Salcete Taluka). When the Portuguese destroyed the original temple in 1561, the linga was relocated across the Zuari River near other konkani temples. The current temple was constructed on land donated by a devotee in the mid- 1800’s and has been renovated several times.
Architecturally, the Mangeshi Devasthān is considered highly distinctive of Goan Konkani Style – a mix of several local influences; the Dravidian Vimān, as well as Islamic lattices are incorporated. The classically Goan Konkani deep stambha, a seven-storeyed octagonal lamp tower, is very distinctive and observed on many paintings, brochures and travel guides on Goa. Also made famous because this is Lata Mangeshkar’s kula-devasthān.
We visit the Mangeshi temple on every visit to Goa. Its only a few kms from the Ramnathi Devasthān and most of the Konkani temples are clustered together. Just a quick darshan and we will not stay long. But the memories stay with us.
Contact details for Mangeshi Devasthān:
Office: 0832.234.3904 (per Pankaj in comments)
For room reservations, please email: email@example.com (per Tushar Mane in comments
Posts Related to Konkani Temples in Goa:
- VN Kudva, History of the Dakshinatya Saraswats, Madras, (1972, 1991).
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