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About Margoa

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Temples & Religious Places

1. The Shri Damodar Temple
The Shri Damodar Temple is one of the most beautiful and famous architecture constructions in Goa. It stands on the bank of Kushawati River near the Zambaulim Village, just 22 km from the City of Margao on the border of Quepem region (Quepem taluk) in the South of Goa.

Hindus believe that the Kushawati River is a sacred one place and that its healing powers help to get rid of various body ailments. This famous temple houses an incarnation of lord Shiva, the deity of lord Damodar.

The deity was originally based in a temple where the Holy Spirit Church in Margao now stands and was moved to escape from the Portuguese inquisition in 1565 when the temple was destroyed and the church was built on its site. Both Hindus as well as the Catholics alike revere it. And it was originally founded in Mathagram, later known as Madgaon.

2. Raghvendra Swamy Mutt
Sri Raghavendra Swamiji is one among the pioneer torch bearer of the Schools of Philosophy in India. He advocated Sri Madhwacharya’s Dvaita philosophy. Being a scholarly saint he has authored many landmark compositions on Vedas and Dwaita Philosophy. Billions of His devotees have experienced his mercy and have undergone many miraculous incidents too. The footprints of Sri Raghavendra Swamiji are being followed with utmost devotion by all devotees. The main shrine of Sri Raghavendra Swamiji is located at a place called Mantralayam in Andhra Pradesh.

3. Our Lady of Grace Church
Our Lady of Grace Church is situated in the centre of Margao opposite the Municipal Gardens.The structure is not similar to the traditional image of a typical Goan Church as it is a relatively modern structure. Travellers wanting to visit an old Church would be better off visiting Old Goa or the Saligao Church. Very peaceful and tranquil place in the midst of a bustling city.

4. St. Sebastian Church
The feast of our dear St. Francis Xavier is generally celebrated on 3rd December but this year as 3rd December is the first Sunday of Advent, the Feast will be celebrated on Monday, 4th December. St. Francis Xavier, as we all know, gave up all his family fortunes and the worldly fame in order to proclaim Jesus. All of us, in a special way, Goans, are the beneficiaries. His faith made him forsake corruptible worldly ways to love God and his incorruptible word, and in return God blessed us to see his uncorrupted body. Every year, we make it a point to visit Old Goa.

5. Monte Church
>At a distance of 33 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 28 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 5 km from Margao Railway Station, Monte Hill is situated in south Goa.

Monte Hill is a hillock in the commercial capital Margao. The prime attraction of this hill is the Chapel of Calcada de Nossa Senhora de Piedade, which is popularly known as Our Lady of Mercy. The Mount Church is a simple whitewashed building, faced by a similarly diminutive piazza cross.

Every Sunday the church is open for service. On Good Friday the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is enacted on a wooden cross at this chapel. The body of Christ is taken to the Church of the Holy Spirit in a procession. This chapel is known for the only candle light mid-night Christmas mass in Goa.


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Crops

The important crops, apart from paddy, are ragi, maize, jowar, bajra and pulses. Cash crops like coconut, cashew-nut, arecanut, mango, jackfruit, banana, pineapple are also grown in abundance. Cashew is an important crop in Goa. A kind of intoxicating drink called Feni is produced from cashew.

Offices & Industries

The town has many sights and destinations. These include the ‘Closed’ Market called, in the Portuguese language, Mercado de Afonso de Albuquerque or in Konkani as “Pimplapedd” or “Pimpalakatta,” the municipal building (Câmara Municipal), the municipal garden, Anna Fonte (natural springs), Old Market or Mercado Velho,

Holy Spirit Church, grand colonial mansions (especially the Seven Gables House near the church), the chapel at Monte Hill, the Hindu crematorium or ‘Smashan’ and the Muslim burial ground or ‘Kabrasthan’ both situated on Pajifond’s Rua das Saudades.

Some of the town suburbs include Pajifond, Aquem, Gogol, Borda, Malbhat, Kharebandh, Old Market, Navelim and Comba, the last two being the oldest parts of the town.

There are a number of churches and temples in Margão, since the population is predominantly Hindu with a significant Roman Catholic and a very small Muslim minority. The famous churches in Margão are the Holy Spirit Church, the Grace Church, The St Sebastian Church in Aquem (The Old St. Sebastian Chapel, popularly known as the Pandava Copel still stands next to the modern St. Sebastian Church) and the Monte Hill Chapel, the famous temples are the ‘Damodar Temple’ (Saal), the ‘Hari Mandir’, the ‘Maruti Mandir’ at Davorlim the ‘Saibaba Temple’ at Davorlim, the ‘Shiv Temple’ (Ling) at Fatorda near Nehru Stadium (which is the original Temple of Damudora).

There are 2 mosques in Margão, One in the Malbhat area and one on the Monte hill. Presently, since 2004, there are twenty-four new mosques in Margão. There is also a Jain temple at Pajifond.There is also a small Muslim community of Nizaris living in Margão.


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Schools

Schools-
1. Loyola High School >
Address: Muncipal Garden, Margao, Goa 403601 >
Phone: 0832 273 3401

2. Fatima Convent High School
Address: Near Police Station, Margao, Goa

Phone: 0832 273 3010
3. Vidya Vikas Academy
Address: Shree Damodar Educational Campus, G.R. Kare Road,, Comba, Margao, Goa 403601

4. Mahila & Nutan English High School
Address: Nr. Vibes, Comba, Margao, Goa 403601
Phone: 0832 271 4651
5. New Era High School
Address: Vishant Road, Margao, Vishant Road, Martin Dias Rd, Malbhat, Goa, 403601
Phone: 0832 271 4762


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Colleges

Colleges-
1. The Parvatibai Chowgule College
Address: Old Librarychow, College Building, Gogol, Margao, Goa 403602
Phone: 0832 275 9504

2. Govind Ramnath Kare College of Law
Address: Vidya Vikas Mandal, Tansor Comba, Margao, Goa 403601
Phone: 0832 273 2661

3. Shree Damodar College of Commerce & Economics
Address: Govind Ramnath Kare Road, Tansor, Comba, Margao, Goa 403601
Phone: 0832 271 4224

4. Don Bosco College Of Engineering
Address: Murida Rd, Fatorda, Margao, Goa 403602
Phone: 0832 274 3944
5. American College Of Culinary & Language Arts
Address: 4th Floor, Rangavi Building, Near Margao Municipality, Margao, Goa 403601
Phone: 0832 648 0191


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Festivals

1. Christmas
During Christmas in Goa, all the streets are lit up and the market places are all decorated with tinsel and buntings. There are Christmas trees shining and glittering in every corner of the streets and inside the houses. All the houses and churches are brightly lit up and decorated.

Celebrations start from Christmas Eve when the beautiful harmony and melody of the Christmas carols fill up the pleasant ambiance of Goa and brings the festive mood.

The wonderful smell of baking cakes and the songs of the church bells fills up the air that is already vibrant and colorful with the celebrations of the Goa Christmas. There are the parties,morning masses,prayers,the music, shopping,dance and other festivities that all add up to the exotic fiesta that is in sync with the beat of the sea, the sun and Christmas.

2. Goa Liberation day
Goa Liberation day holds great significance in the history of Goa. It signifies the day when Goa was released of Portuguese dominance by assistance from the Indian Navy. The liberation helped the people of Goa to relieve themselves from the exploitative rules of the Portuguese. The liberation also made the independence of India complete as after the British left India, Goa was the only part that remained under the British rule.

The day is celebrated with a lot of fanfare in Goa. The celebration features a torch light procession that takes off from three various locations of Goa. The three processions ultimately meet at the Azad Maidan. At this place, the participants of the procession pay their tribute to the martyrs. Cultural programs like Sugam Sangeet are also organized to celebrate the day

3. Goa Carnival
Goa Carnival features a frenzy of tourist activities. Tourists indulge in feasting, merrymaking, drinking throughout the day. The festive mood is even more aggravated by the huge parades that move the various streets of Goa. These parades are accompanied by live bands and dances. Goa forgets to sleep during the carnival as these parades continue throughout the night. Most of the streets are decorated with attractive lighting and grand balls.

The festivities during Goa Carnival include dancing troupes, revelers wearing masks and costumes usually, electrifying music which is generally performed live, sports competitions, floats & parades and hedonistic pursuits like great food and drinking.

4. Feast of St. Francis Xavier
Over 2 lakhs devotees from across the country as well as overseas attend the Feast, which has a Pontifical Mass executed by a congregation of superior clergy.

The whole set-up is changed overnight during the yearly novenas and Feast of St. Francis Xavier. Pilgrims come together on the Born Jesus Basilica from far-away Kerala and Tamil Nadu, from neighboring Karnataka and Maharashtra, as well as from the most distant corners of the Peninsula, and even from distant countries. The crowd reaches its zenith on the Feast day when all the roads in Goa lead to the Basilica.

Thousands of people assemble to Old Goa on the occasion of the Feast on St. Francis Xavier and make a mock of the transport system that is provided disgustingly insufficient to cope with the rush. The gardens and wide open spaces that are generally deserted are, during these days, crowded with pilgrims symbolizing the whole mosaic of Indian races and religions. St. Francis Xavier is often conjured up by his followers for his curative powers.


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Places Around

1. Goa Chitra Museum
The Goa Chitra is a museum based in the former Portuguese colony (and now India’s smallest state) of Goa. It has a large collection—over 4000 artefacts—focusing on Goa’s traditional agrarian technology and lifestyle.

Goa Chitra’s collection includes examples of local pottery, farming tools, musical instruments, ancient carts and palanquins—from different points of the past. It also showcases an organic farm for the cultivation of various vegetables, herbs, spices, sugarcane, and rice—all staples of the area in coastal western India.

2. Pandava Caves
The Pandavleni caves, or Nasik caves (also sometimes known as Pandu Lena, Pandu Caves or Trirashmi Leni, Leni being a Marathi word for caves), are a group of 24 caves carved between the 1st century BCE and the 3nd century CE, though additional sculptures were added up to about the 6th century, reflecting changes in Buddhist devotional practices.

They are a significant group of early examples of Indian rock-cut architecture initially representing the so-called Hinayana tradition. Most of the caves are viharas except for Cave 18 which is a chaitya of the 1st century BCE. The style of some of the elaborate pillars or columns, for example in caves 3 and 10, is an important example of the development of the form. The location of the caves is a holy Buddhist site and is located about 8 km south of the center of Nashik (or Nasik), Maharashtra, India.

Their name has nothing to do with the characters Pandavas, characters in the Mahabharata epic.

3. Ana Fonte
Located a short north-bound walk from the town center, the musical fountain at Ana Fonte is open daily from 5 PM to 9 PM. This relatively small garden built on a corner plot is maintained by Goa’s Forest Department and sports a narrow walkway. It might be a good idea to visit this site with children or simply enjoy a relaxed walk. However, if you are short on time, you may see the garden from the outside on your way to Monte Hill Chapel of Our Lady of Piety or to the Church of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, during daylight hours you may not enjoy the fountains that it is known for.

4. Maruti Temple
Built in the last century, this Maruti Mandir stands out in Margao’s backyard. From the Market bus terminal, walk 10-15 minutes southwest towards Pedwada and watch a saffron flag emerge in the sky atop the colorful temple’s spire. Cross the railway track on Margao-Benaulim Road and turn left to enter the two-storey elevated premises. Observe how the temple’s arches and pillars are painted in signature Goan style with its colors in contrast to those of the walls.

The elevated entrance, bright orange structural pillars, and the long ventilated hall is unique. The main carved wooden door, the ceiling and the pillars inside are decorated artfully. The temple is open through the day and you could, if you wish, have a peaceful time during the afternoons.


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Transportation
Rail

Madgaon railway station is Goa’s biggest and busiest as it is a railway junction positioned at the intersection of the Konkan Railway and the South Western Railway.

All trains stop at Margão. Hence it is used more commonly as a transit stop rather than a tourist destination by many people who either head off down south to Palolem (38 km) or to Benaulim and Colva which are about six kilometers away and are popular tourist destinations.

Air

Goa International Airport, also known as the Dabolim airport, is the sole airport in the state of Goa, located in the city of Dabolim in Goa, India. It operates as a civil enclave in a military airbase named INS Hansa. It is 4 km from the nearest city Vasco da Gama, 23 km from Margao, and about 30 km from the state capital Panjim.

Major Roads
Margão is connected by road to other cities like Mangalore, Udupi, Bhatkal, Kumta, Karwar, Ratnagiri, and Mumbai through the National Highway 66 (NH66). Also, there is road which connects Margão to Ponda and other towns of Goa state.

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Facts

1. The city is one of the biggest cities of the state of Goa. Although the Portuguese had an encompassing influence on the region, the city is dominated by a majority of the followers of the Hindu religion.

2. The city has an emerging industrial and commercial sector. The flourishing tourism industry in the region also contributes heavily to the coffer of the exchequer of the state.

3. Margao’s whitewashed main church was first built in 1565, on the site of an important Hindu temple. Before demolition started on the temple, local Hindus managed to rescue the statue of the god Damodara.

4. One of Goa’s best bookshops, Golden Heart is crammed from floor to ceiling with fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, and illustrated volumes on the state’s food, architecture and history.

5. Margao’s crowded, covered canopy of colourful stalls is a fun but busy place to wander around, sniffing spices, sampling soaps and browsing the household merchandise.

6. Margao isn’t much of a party town but you can enjoy a drink, listen to music or watch sports at this hard-to-spot underground bar north of the post office.

7. The most famous of the traditional old Portuguese mansions in Largo de Igrejais is the grand 1790 Sat Burnzam Ghor.


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Important Contacts Nos.

Police Control Room- 100
Fire Brigade- 101
Ambulance- 102

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