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About Goa

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Goa is India’s smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population. Located in West India in the region known as the Konkan, it is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north, and by Karnataka to the east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast. Goa is India’s richest state with a GDP per capita two and a half times that of the country as a whole.[4] It was ranked the best placed state by the Eleventh Finance Commission for its infrastructure and ranked on top for the best quality of life in India by the National Commission on Population based on the 12 Indicators.

Panaji is the state’s capital, while Vasco da Gama is the largest city. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the cultural influence of the Portuguese, who first landed in the early 16th century as merchants and conquered it soon thereafter. Goa is a former Portuguese colony, the Portuguese overseas territory of Portuguese India existed for about 450 years until it was annexed by India in 1961.

Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture, Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year. It also has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which is classified as a biodiversity hotspot.

OUR LADY OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

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In the year 1541, a hermitage or a small chapel was built on the hilltop in Panaji for seeking Divine Grace. The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception was made into a parochial Church in the year 1600, and it was rebuilt in its present architecture in 1614. It …

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A Local lady selling flower garlands on Mandovi Bridge

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Dussehra is a famous festival in India, celebrated after nine sacred night of “Sharad Navratri”. After Navratri, on the tenth day it is Dussehra, which is also known as “Vijayadashami”. This festival is a triumph of good over evil, on this day lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu …

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Konsachem Fest: Giving thanks for a bountiful harvest

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In Goa, the harvest festival is celebrated in the month of August, by which time rice grains are formed. The village of Taleigao, Tiswadi is celebrating the feast today, August 21, that is laden with traditions, rituals and festivity. The feast that has history attached to it is being celebrated …

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‘Paath’ makers of Cuncolim

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A newlywed Goan Hindu daughter is gifted with ‘paath’ which is part of the traditional ‘vaje’ during Ganesh Chaturthi. But very few actually know what goes into the making of this ‘paath’. Nilesh Chitari speaks to NT BUZZ about the intricacies and difficulties making of this piece of tradition SACHI …

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Mushrooms: The food of the gods during Shravan

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Miguel Braganza In Goa and the rest of the Konkan region, the local mushrooms, Termitomyces sp, are found in association with abandoned termitoria or anthills that are worshipped as the representation of the Earth Goddess, Sateri. The name of the goddess itself is derived from the Konkani word “Sater” or …

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Salt Pans (Traditional Occupation)

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Salt Farming in Goa, has been practiced for the past 1,500 years by a few communities. Salt pans are a man made hyper saline ecosystem from which crude salt is extracted during summer. Salt produced through this natural evaporation process played an vital role in the economy of Goa during …

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Heritage Homes in Goa

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Panaji should be declared a ‘Heritage City’ what with her haunting old world charm mesmerizing you as walk through her streets on a leisurely Sunday afternoon. One of the most charming features of Panaji is her heritage houses. One of the claimants to the throne of being judged the oldest …

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MANGO MANIA in Goa

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Visitors to Goa who have a taste for tropical fruit in all its varieties will find their palates delightfully satisfied in this tropical paradise. Whether its fresh bananas, pineapples, jackfruit, oranges, or mangoes, Goa offers a visitors a special home-grown variety of almost any time of the year. In the …

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The Art of Home Made Pottery

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Tucked away in the small inland river town of Rivona, a small community of 50 still earn their livelihood by sculpting the soil of Mother Earth. In Shigoi Kumbar Wada, the ancient art of hand-made pottery is still practiced by a few men of the oldest living generation. The younger …

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The Cult of Fish

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Fish is an integral part of the Goan diet, and fish-curry-rice in all its varieties defines the standard meal in Goan homes. Almost everyone, including the Gowda, Saraswat Brahmins, consume fish as part of their daily diet, and as many preparations are m ade from mangoes and curry, the same …

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