Priol is a village situated 26 kms from Margao in the Ponda taluka. It is a holy city in Goa for the Hindus where one can also see a lot of paddy fields. Here one can see the famous Mangueshi temple that was shifted here when the Portuguese started destroying Hindu temples from Cortalim.
The Mangueshi temple is dedicated to Lord Manguesh, a form of Shiva, which is recognized only in Goa. Mythology says that Lord Shiva came to Goa after having lost everything in a game of dice against his wife, Parvati. When Parvati came looking for him, he disguised himself as a tiger and frightened her. In a state of shock, Parvati uttered the words, "Trahi Mam Grisha", which when translated means, "O Lord of the Mountains, save me". Shiva then reverted into his normal form and returned with her. The words, "Mam Grisha" came to be associated with this story and Shiva came to be known as 'Manguesh'.
The place where this tale occurred was marked by building a temple at the site. This location is to the south of the Zuari River where the present day village of Cortalim stands. However, when the Portuguese took over, the deity was shifted from its original location to Priol where it remains today. There are a lot of buses that run between Panjim and Margao via Ponda that stop at Priol.