The Shri Mahalsa at Mardol Goa is one of the ancient temples which were in Goa long before the Portuguese invasion. Mahalsa, the Goddess is worshipped as a form of Shakti. At times the deity is also worshipped as the manifestation of Lord Vishnu as Mohini. At the entrance a huge Dipta Stambha made of five metals greets the visitors. The temple was built in the 17th century and huge Dipta Stambha exquisite wood carvings which show the craftsmanship of the artisans. Originally the temple was situated at Verna in “Salcete Taluka”.
One of the ancient temples in Mardol Goa, Shri Mahalsa attracts tourists from all over. Located a few kilometers away from the bustling city, this is located in a village called Mangueshi. During the festival people from all over visit this temple.
How to get there:
- By Car: The temple of Shri Mahalasa is situated on Mardol ward of Priol Village of Ponda taluka. It is on the National Highway No: 4A (now bypassed) which connects the cities of Panaji to Ponda and Margao. The distance from Panaji to Mardol is 21 km and along the same route, it is nine km away to Ponda. Many inter-state government-run and privately operated buses travel through Mardol.
- By Rail: The nearest railway station is Karmali or Old Goa, on Konkan Railway, from where one can take bus or taxi to Mardol, the other main stations in Goa being Madgaon, Panaji, Vasco Da Gama and Sanvordem.
- By Air: The airport is located at Dabolim, which is 30 km from Panaji or Margao.
- The temple located in Mangueshi in village of Mardol. You can either take a bus or drive from the Dabolim Airport. Margao and Vasco da Gama are the major railway stations in Goa from where you can arrange a trip to Morjim.