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  • Museum number

    2003,1018,0.3

  • Description

    Popular religious print on paper of a painting depicting Rāma, Sīta, Lakṣmaṇa and Hanumān.

  • Date

    • 2003
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 36.4 centimetres
    • Width: 28.6 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Shri Mangesh Temple - 22km from Panjim, near the inland town of Ponda and 26 kms from Margao at| Priol-Ponda Taluka, this 18th century temple is located on a hillock. This is one of the most important Hindu temples in Goa and a local landmark with its lofty white tower. The Mangesh Linga is said to have been consecrated on the mountain of Mangireesh (Mongir) on the banks of river Bhagirathi by Lord Brahma himself, from where the Saraswat Brahmins brought it to Trihotrapuri in Bihar. They carried the linga on to Gomantaka and settled at Mathagrama, the present-day Madgoa, establishing their most sacred and ancient temple of Mangesh on the banks of the river Gomati or Zuari as it is called today. Lord Mangesh is worshipped here in the shape of a Shiva linga. According to the legends Lord Shiva had manifested in to a tiger to scare Parvati. Paravati who was frightened at the sight of the tiger went in search of Lord Shiva. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple complex is architecturally typical of the highly distinctive Goan Hindu temple style.

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  • Acquisition date

    2003

  • Acquisition notes

    Collected by Mr Maheshwari.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    2003,1018,0.3

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