portugese settlement desipte exuding foreign aroma is housing a few
places of worship for all nationals. Among them the Hindu temples,
like Santha Durga, Gopalaganapathi, Kalikadevi, deserve mention.
Mangeshi temple dedicated to Lord Siva is exerting greater pull than
others. For some time, due to the alien rule, this ancient deity
took refuge in Priol. The temple is small yet grand with all the
component parts of Hindu temple, like the prakara, mini shrines,
garbha griha, grand towers and spacious court yards. The entire
complex, due to outlandish impact looks like a gurudwara or palatial
mansion, but when entered into the complex, one greets our Hindu
traditional gods and their accommodation according to sastric
injunctions. Devout worship, is offexed to this deity by its
citizens and tourists as well. Festivals and periodical devotional
activities are conducted with great zeal commendable. It is in
Panaji, the capital of Goa.