Monday, March 31, 2014


The 45th International Film Festival is coming soon to the shores of Goa. Last years promise by the current chief minister , Mr Manohar Parikkar of a permanent venue may not yet have come true but the one good thing that this festival has bought to Goa is the fact that we goans now have one more extra occasion to celebrate and attract more tourists to this sunny state.

It has also been rumored that Asian film festival will be clubbed and cohosted at the same location along with IFFI. Another interesting fact is that IFFI is the longest running festival of its kind in india which runs for 11 days and has one of the largest number of delegates registering for it. This year the number of delegates is touted to touch 12000 odd.. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Safa Shshouri Mosque - Ponda

As one moves from Ponda city on NH4 and heads towards farmagudi ( near the new ponda bus stand ) one comes upon one of the two Islamic Shrines which were not destroyed or plundered during the Portuguese rule.  The Safa Shshouri Masjid was built by the Ruler of Bijapur Ibrahim Adil Shah I in 1560. It is believed to be one of the 27 mosques that the Adil Shah built in Ponda.

ASafa Shshouri Mosque - Ponda from NH4
It is a small single chambered mosque with tiled roof. A masonry colonnade adorns the outer boundary of the mosque platform surmounted by finials. Over years some of the columns have gone missing. South of the mosque is a water tank with multiple chambers of Mihrab designs - semi circular niche for prayers.

Centuries ago the mosque was at teh center of an extensive complex of fountains and gardens which are no longer there. People even to this date belive that there are hidden passages in teh walls of the tank which connect to a nearby water reservoir. The festivals of Id-Ul-Fitr and Id-Ul-Zuha  are celebrated every year here.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Happy Republic Day 2014

It’s the perfect day, to pray for our country, by heart……. Orange, White and green three colors are there not for to look beautiful. These colors gives us message that we should love each other, live in peace and in unity……Happy Republic Day to all Indian citizens.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Goa Talukas

For administrative purposes Goa is divided into two districts- North Goa and South Goa with headquarters at Panaji and Margao respectively together with six divisions and a further sub-divided into 12-talukas, which are as follows:
  • Pernem
  • Bardez
  • Tiswadi
  • Bicholim
  • Sattari
  • Ponda
  • Salcete
  • Mormugao
  • Quepem
  • Sanguem
  • Canacona
  • Dharbandora
The Talukas comprise of  towns and villages, most of which have their own governing body-the Panchayat. Some towns also have municipal councils.

The 12th and Yongest Taluka in Goa

Dharbandora is the newest taluka of Goa. It came into existence as a part of the South Goa district on 4 April 2012 by a notification of the government of Goa.[1] Five panchayats, Dharbandora, Kirlapal-Dabhal, Collem, Mollem and Sancorda from the Sanguem taluka and the Usgaon-Ganjem panchayat from the Ponda taluka were incorporated into the new taluka. The 18 villages that comprise the taluka are Aglore, Moissal, Bandoli, Codli, Collem, Caranzol, Camarconda, Cormonem, Dharbandora, Mollem, Piliem, Sancordem, Sangod, Sigao, Sonauli, Surla from Sanguem taluka while Usgao and Ganjem are from Ponda taluka. The taluka at present has a population of 30,000 to 40,000 people.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Shiroda Shri Kamakshi Temple

Shri Kamakshi temple located at Shiroda was built in the late 16th century. The other shrines in the temple complex are that of Shree Shantadurga, Shree Laxmi Narayana and Shree Rayeshwar. Boarding and Lodging for the pilgrims are provided by the temple authorities. The temple has recently banned entry of foreigners into the temple citing objectionable dressing and conduct as the reason

This temple was originally located at Raia in Salcette and was moved to its present location in 1564-1568,because as a part of Goa Inquisition the Portuguese demolished almost all the Hindu shrines..The antiquity of the original temple is unknown. The new temple is located at Shiroda. There are other temples for Kamakshi in Goa is the one at Ramnathi.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tulsi Vrindavan | Goan Hindu Architecture

A visit to most Hindu houses in goa will lead you to see a Tulsi Vrindavan setup at the main entrance or in the rajangan of the house. In the early days Tulsi Vrindavan was made of terracotta and later of mud but today these are beign built of cement. Designs however have remained almost the same and traditional designs have been maintained including the use of bright colours.
Tulsi Vrindavan
Tulsi or tulas is the basil plant (ocimum sanctum) sacred to all Hindus and is grown in homes and temples. Tulsi is sacred to Vishnu or to his consort Lakshmi, and is worshiped as a deity. Many regard it as a metamorphosis of Sita, wife of Rama; others identify this plant with Rukmini, wife of Krishna, while still others hold it as an embodiment of all deities together. Tulsi Lagna or Tulshi Vivah marks the end of Diwali. Called “Vhadli Diwali” in Goa it is one of the most important festivals of the state. No marriage ceremony will be held among Goan Hindus before Tulsi Lagna as it does not enjoy religious sanction.

Most of the big houses have a courtyard called as Rajangan with a Tulasi Vrindavan in the middle. The Rajangan or just Angan was a large space with internal court open to the sky; roofs from all sides of the house drained into it.

This makes the installation of a Tulsi Vrindavan in a hindu house ever more important as this is where Tulsi Lagna is celebrated. Also most other sacred practices and relogious functions also require that the Tulsi leaves from the houses Tulsi Vrindavan are offered to the Goa