Shri Mulkeshwar temple is a small sanctuary located behind the Mangeshi temple, Goa.
The legend of Shri Mulkeshwar:
The Mangeshi temple was earlier in Cortalim. After Portuguese invasion, the Shivalinga was shifted from Cortalim to a province under a Hindu prince to avoid desecration.
In this area, a boy worked as a cowherd. During those few days, one of his cows stopped giving milk , and disappeared every evening. The young cowherd followed the cow to find its destination. To his surprise, the cow poured all its milk on a stone. The stone was dug, and the present Shivalinga was discovered.
Hence, the Mulkeshwar temple was built with Mulki or Mukto as the founder. His statue with his cow lies behind the shrine. He was a Bidi smoker. Therefore, devotees offer Bidis to grant their wishes.The temple authorities have appointed a person to light these Bidis.