Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday, December 31, said that efforts need to be made to rebuild temples destroyed by the Portuguese during their colonial rule.
Speaking at a government function in the precinct of the Mangueshi temple in South Goa, Sawant also said that Hindu culture and temple culture needed to be preserved.
Our ancestor build temples and with the help of the govt we are renovating the temples again. The malsa temple was built by ancestor and the government rebuild it in verna because the temples signifies history and on the ocassion of 60th state liberation, the temple that Portuguese destroyed will be rebuild again
"There are other temples which need to be re-established. In the 60th year of Liberation, we have to start rebuilding temples destroyed by the Portuguese. I do not ask for anything. I request you for the strength to preserve Hindu and temple culture and re-establish those temples and culture," the Chief Minister said.
"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.
Several temples in the coastal state were relocated to escape religious persecution by the Portuguese rulers. Portuguese colonial rule of Goa ended after 451 years in 1961.
"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.