It is known that in October, 1683 the fort of Ponda was attacked by the Portuguese Viceroy who due to the sudden appearance of the Maratha King Sambhaji with a large army, had to beat a hasty retreat. This event is commemorated in Farmagudi. While grazing cattle near the hill the Gopal Ganapati stone image was discovered by herdsmen who later installed it in a small shrine with a thatched roof.
Hardly one kilometre away from Mangueshi is the village Mardol where nestles the temple of Shri Mahalasa. Shri Mahalasa Narayani is the powerful Kuladevata of many Hindus, especially in western and southern India. Shri Mahalasa is another name for Lord Vishnu’s famous avataar as Mohini, the enchantress.
This Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva; the temple is situated in Bandora village, about four kilometers to the east of Ponda. The temple was built in 1413.The mandapa (an assembly hall, generally pillared, preceding the sanctum sanatorium) has woodcarvings that narrate stories from the Hindu epics – Ramayana and Mahabharata. The temple compound also houses a five-storeyed deepstambha.