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Goa - The Name - In the later Vedic period (c.1000-500 BC) when the Hindu epic "Mahabharata" was written, Goa has been referred to with the Sanskrit name "Gomantak", a word with many meanings , signifying mostly a fertile land; but however, it is the Portuguese who gave Goa its name. Before they arrived on the scene, Goa, or Gove or Gowapura, was the name only of the port town near the mouth of the Mandovi River. This was also the same site on which the Portuguese later built their capital, today's Old Goa.
The Govenrment of INdia has alloted only one Smart City for
The Govenrment of INdia has alloted only one Smart City for Goa State.
Situated between Karnataka and Maharashtra, Goa is bounded on the north by the Terekhol river, surrounded on the south and east by Karnataka while on the west is the Arabian sea. Its ancient name was Gomantaka or Gomanchala. Goa with its long beaches along the Arabian sea is a principal tourist resort. Goa has a hilly terrain especially on its eastern side where lies the southern ends of the Sahyadri range. These mountains after skirting a considerable portion of the northern, eastern and southern boundaries branch off westwards across the territory with many spurs and ridges The most picturesque region is located in the lower basin of the Mandovi and Zuari rivers which join to form a bay. There are about half a dozen islets between the estuaries of these rivers
Goa is a verdant natural paradise bounded on the one side by the foothills of the Sahyadri range and on the other by the Arabian Sea. Goa, a tiny green land surrounded by azure waters on the West Coast of India, with its natural picturesque beauty, attractive beaches and famous architectural temples, majestic churches, grand parties and festivals and its rich Anglo-Indian heritage is a great attraction for all tourists. It is called the pearl of the east.
Goa by Air: Dabolim is the main entry point for Goa situated at a distance of around 29 km from Panaji on the coast near Vasco da Gama.
Goa by Road: Goa, Maharashtra, and Karnataka state transport corporations operate from the Kadamba bus stand at Panaji. Frank Shipping operates a boat service between Mumbai and Panaji.
Goa by Rail: It is not difficult to reach Goa by trains, especially after opening of the Konakan Railway that connects Margao and Vasco da Gama to major cities in India. You can take trains from Delhi 1,874 km), Mumbai (490km), and Bangalore (430 km) to reach Goa comfortably. From the railway stations, you can hire taxis and motorcycle taxis to reach the desired destinations.
Golden Goa - By the end of the 16th century, Goa had already reached its peak and was referred to as "Golden Goa" or "Lisbon of the East". With the Portuguese, came their religion. Albuquerque's interests initially was only commerce as a result, the Portuguese were quite tolerant of the Hindus though the same was not with the Muslims. From 1540 onwards, with the arrival of the dreaded "Inquisition" in Goa, Portugal's liberal policy towards the Hindus was reversed. 1542 saw the arrival of St. Francis Xavier and the Jesuits to Goa. The saint left a lasting impression on Goa and is regarded today as Goencho Saib or the Patron Saint of Goa. For more on the Saint click on Goencho Saib.
People and Culture
Despite centuries of alien occupation, Goa's cultural traditions have displayed amazing resilience. The Portuguese influence and local strains have created a cultural mix which is different from the rest of india.
Goan folk music and dances has a lively rhythm. The musical accompaniment for both folk songs and the folk dances is provided by a diversity of musical instruments like ghumot, dhol, cymbal, flute, harmonium, violin, mandolin, guitar, sitar and may others. Music has the focus at all major social events - fairs, feasts, dances and mariages.
Music and dance form the very fibre of rural Goa. Traditional dances like Dhalo, Kinbi, Dekhni, Fugdi, Coridinho, Mando, Ghodemodni, Dhangar, Lampdance, and many others display the extraordinarily rich and lively culture of Goa.
Performing art forms like Zagor, Khell. Tiatr, Dashavatari kalo, Veerbhadra and Mussallam Khel also show the diversity of the cultural influences which makes Goan culture so distinctive and unique.
Overall Goans are hospitable people with majority of the local population speaking english, guest/visitors to this beautiful state will certainly feel at home.
Popular Temples of Goa: Shri Bhagvati Temple- Pernem, Brahma Temple - Carambolim , Shri ChandranathParoda, Shri Damodar - Zambaulim, Shri Datta Mandir - Sanquelim, Shri Gopal Ganapati- Farmagudi, Shri Kalikadevi - Kansarpal, Shri Mahalakshmi- Bandode, Shri Manguesh - Priol, Shri Saptakoteswar - Narve, Shri Naguesh- Bandode, Shri Mahadeva- Tambdi Surla, Shri Shantadurga - Kavlem, Shri Saunsthan Gokarn Partagali Jeevotam Math Partagali