Goa’s CM Sawant highlighted the need to rebuild temples to preserve Hindu culture
On Tuesday, Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant said that efforts need to be made to rebuild temples destroyed by the Portuguese during their colonial rule.
CM Sawant was speaking at an inaugural function organized by the Tourism Department and Goa Tourism Development Corporation to develop tourism infrastructure at Manguesh temple in Ponda.
CM Sawant also highlighted the importance of the Touristic App Developed by Goa Tourism Development Corporation. He said that with the help of this app the tourists will easily find their destination during their visit to Goa and further mentioned that the government is constantly working to provide innovative things to the people of Goa.
Highlighting the history of the Manguesh temple, the chief minister said that the temple had its origin in Kushusthali Cortalim which fell to the invading Portuguese in 1543. “Our ancestors moved the Manguesh linga from the original site at the Kushasthali Cortalim to its present location at Mangueshi,” he said.
Sawant said, “In the 60th year of Goa’s Liberation, we need to rebuild temples which were destroyed by the Portuguese. I am not demanding anything else from the people but the strength and support to preserve and reinstate Hindu Sanskruti and Hindu temples in Goa.”
“The Portuguese started destroying temples. In 1560, the deity Manguesh was moved from Cortalim (South Goa village) to this place (Mangueshi village) by our ancestors. I thank them for it. God and religion are very important to us,” Sawant said.
“We are fortunate for our ancestors who decided to save our God, to provide security for him in another place and re-establish it in another place during the cruel Portuguese regime,” he added.
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