Ditch the beaches, visit these places on your next trip to Goa

13. Safa Shahouri Masjid

One of the very few surviving structures of Goa‘s Muslim era, the Safa Shahouri mosque in the town of Ponda was built in 1560 during the reign of Ibrahim Adilshah, sultan of Bijapur.  Adjacent to the Mosque is a well-constructed masonry tank with small chambers with ‘meharab’ designs.

The mosque and the tank were formerly surrounded by an extensive garden with many fountains. They were destroyed during the Portuguese rule.

The two major festivals Id-Ul-Fitr and Id-Ul-Zuha are celebrated at this mosque with great pomp and are attended by a large number of people.

 

14. Mangueshi temple

Mangueshi temple is dedicated to Lord Mangueshi, a form of Shiva, which is recognised only in Goa.Mythology says that Lord Shiva came to Goa after having lost everything in a game of dice against his wife, Parvati. When Parvati came looking for him, he disguised himself as a tiger and frightened her. In a state of shock, Parvati uttered the words, “Trahi Mam Grisha”, which when translated means, “O Lord of the Mountains, save me”.

Shiva then reverted into his normal form and returned with her. The words, “Mam Grisha” came to be associated with this story and Shiva came to be known as ‘Manguesh’.

The place where this tale occurred was marked by building a temple at the site. This location is to the south of the Zuari River where the present day village of Cortalim stands. However, when the Portuguese took over, the deity was shifted from its original location to Priol where it remains today.

It is located at Mangeshi Village in PriolPonda taluka, Goa.

 

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