The Shri Bodgeshwar temple is situated near Mapusa. The temple is dedicated to Kanakeshwar Baba or Bodgeshwar, locally known as Bongini.
The festival is usually celebrated during the months of December / January at the Shree Dev Bodgeshwar Temple. An annual fair or 'Zatra' is held during the festival which thronged by both locals and the tourists alike. Infact according to some Mapusa developed as a flourishing market center because of the Bodgeshwar festival.
Bodgeshwar is regarded as 'Angavani' which refers to one to whom vows are made and who fulfills desires of the devotees. There is a belief among people that all their prayers will be fulfilled and thousands of devotees flock to this temple. People offer presents to the God as promised by them on fulfillment of their desires.
Goa's only airport is at Dabolim and has a number of domestic flights coming in from major Indian cities and chartered flights from European destinations. From the airport, pre-paid cabs and shared taxis are available for Mapusa and the resorts around Mapusa. The nearest railhead to Mapusa is Margaon. From there taxis are easily available for Mapusa. Mapusa is 15 km from the capital, Panaji, a bus journey of 30 minutes. Mapusa is a convenient base for reaching the beaches of Anjuna, Calangute, Vagator, Chapora and Baga, and it is fairly close to Arambol and Margao. It is especially convenient for tourists coming in by bus from neighbouring states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
6 a.m to 8 p.m