About Panaji – Messyduniya

About Panaji

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Temples & Religious Places

1. Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church

Address: Rua Emidio Garcia, Panaji, Goa 403001
Phone: 0832 242 6939

This church houses the ancient bell that was removed from the Augustinian ruins of the Church of Our Lady of Grace (Nossa Senhora da Graça) in the once famed city of Old Goa.

This bell is considered to be the second largest of its kind in Goa, surpassed only by the Golden Bell which resides in the Sé Cathedral in Old Goa.

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2. Church of St Michael

Address: Nagalli Hills Colony, Panaji, Goa 403002

The Igreja de São Miguel Arcanjo (Church of St Michael the Archangel) is one of the oldest churches in Goa which was built by the Dominicans in 1544. 

It is also the only church in the town, serving one of the largest parishes in Goa. The Chapel of Blessed Sacrament was annexed in 2006 during the tenure of Fr. Carmo Martins.

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3. Shree Mahalaxmi Temple

Address: Situated next to Mushtifund Saunthan Panaji, Dada Vaidhya Road, Panaji, Goa 403001
Phone: 0832 242 2410

The deity is Goddess Mahalakshmi (the Hindu Goddess of Wealth), made of black stone, with four hands and is placed in a silver canopy.

This is the peaceful or Satvik form of Devi. According to the Shakti cult (worship of power), Mahalakshmi is the original Goddess who takes forms according to three aspects or gunas viz. Brahma (peaceful, calm form or satva), Vishnu (creative action or rajas) and Shiva (destruction or tamas). The deity originally from Mayem in Bicholim taluka was transferred to the present site.

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4. Maruti temple

Address: Nanu Tarkar Pednekar Rd, Altinho, Panaji, Goa 403001

The Maruti temple is situated on top of of the Altinho hillock overlooking the Fontainhas district in Panaji, the capital of Goa. It is dedicated to lord Hanuman, the monkey god and enshrines Lord Hanuman as the presiding deity.

Near the Maruti temple on the southern edge of Fontainhas, the Fontainhas of Phoenix spring is situated from which it derives its name. This spring has three tanks where water collects from the mountain before flowing into a reservoir. It was once the lifeline of the area and even today it is in use.

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5. Shri Aapteshwar Siddhivinayak Temple

Address: Electricity Colony, Santa Inez, Panaji, Goa 403001

Shri Aapteshwar Siddhivinayak Temple is one of the well known Ganesh Temple in Goa.Various religious ceremonies and functions are celebrated over here. Ganesh Jayanti is the major event amongst them. Apart from it Navratri, Staphana din are other events celebrated here.

Lot’s of devotees visit the Temple during Angarika, Sankashti and Vinayaki. Tuesday is considered as a day of Lord Ganesha and the day is being treated as special day to visit the temple. 

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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.

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Offices & Industries

The land away from the coast is rich in minerals and ores, and mining forms the second largest industry. Iron, bauxite, manganese, clays, limestone and silica are mined. The Marmagao port handled 31.69 million tonnes of cargo last year, which was 39% of India’s total iron ore exports. Sesa Goa (now owned by Vedanta Resources) and Dempo are the lead miners. 

Rampant mining has been depleting the forest cover as well as posing a health hazard to the local population. Corporations are also mining illegally in some areas.

Agriculture, while of shrinking importance to the economy over the past four decades, offers part-time employment to a sizeable portion of the populace. Rice is the main agricultural crop, followed by areca, cashew and coconut. Fishing employs about 40,000 people, though recent official figures indicate a decline of the importance of this sector and also a fall in catch, due perhaps, to traditional fishing giving way to large-scale mechanised trawling.

Medium scale industries include the manufacturing of pesticides, fertilisers, tyres, tubes, footwear, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, wheat products, steel rolling, fruits and fish canning, cashew nuts, textiles, brewery products.


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Schools

1. People’s Higher Secondary School
Address: Rua de Ourém, Mala, Panaji, Goa 403001
Phone: 0832 243 6562

2. Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Panjim
Address: Don Bosco Campus Panjim, Panaji, Goa 403001
Phone: 0832 242 0463

3. Sharada Mandir School
Address: Dr Jack De Sequeira Rd, Miramar, Panaji, Goa 403001
Phone: 0832 246 3401

4. Mary Immaculate Girls’ High School
Address: Rua de Ourém, Mala, Patto Centre, Panaji, Goa 403001
Phone: 0832 242 1932

5. The Rosary High School
Address: La Campala Colony, Santa Inez, Panaji, Goa 403001


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Colleges

1. Dhempe College of Arts & Science
Address: Panaji, Goa, 403001
Phone: 0832 246 2376

2. Don Bosco College
Address: Near Municipal Market , M.G Road, Panaji, Goa 403001
Phone: 0832 664 4321

3. Nirmala Institute Of Education
Address: Altinho, Panjim, North Goa, Goa 403001
Phone: 0832 222 5633

4. Goa College of Pharmacy
Address: 18th June Road, Panaji, Goa, 403001
Phone: 0832 222 6882

5. V.M. Salgaocar College of Law
Address: Miramar, Panaji, Goa 403001


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Festivals

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.


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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


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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.


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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 Science Centre

Goa Science Centre is located on New Marine Highway, Miramar, Panjim. Initial work on the construction for this building started in 1999 and took two and a half years to finish. Goa Science Centre is a division of the National Council of Science Museums(NCSM), which is a project headed by the Ministry of Culture to set up multiple science learning centres all of India.

The Department of Science Technology & Environment of Goa was also a partner in this joint project with the NCSM.

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2. Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts

Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts is a cultural centre in Altinho, Panjim. Its official website describes it as a “non-profit, process-based initiative to encourage creation, learning, understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts through education and dialogue in Goa”.

The centre has exhibition galleries, space for workshops and lectures, studios, two residency rooms for visiting scholars, artists and faculty, an open-air amphitheatre, an outdoor courtyard that houses the Café Al Fresco and a gallery for emerging artists. An art resource library is being set up for art students.

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3. Se Cathedral

The Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina, known as Se Cathedral, is the cathedral of the Latin Rite Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman and the seat of the Patriarch of the East Indies.

It is located in Old Goa, India.Tourists/visitors are requested to dress appropriately to maintain the atmosphere of reverence and respect.

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4. Reis Magos Fort

Reis Magos is a village located on the northern bank of the Mandovi River in Bardez, Goa, opposite to the capital city of Panjim.

The village is famous for two of Goa’s famous structures; the Reis Magos Fort, and the Reis Magos Church – the first church in Bardez. Reis Magos is the Portuguese name for the Three Wise Men from the Bible.

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5. Boca De Vaca

20Situated next to the Mahalakshmi Temple, the Boca de Vaca Spring gets its name from the appearance of its structure, which has the face of a cow on it. ‘Boca De Vaca’ literally meaning ‘the face of the cow’.

The floor of the well-lit tunnel inside is made of transparent glass and you can see the spring water flowing under your feet. The spring water is known to have medicinal properties. 

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Transportation
Rail

Karmali railway station is the third station (after Pernem and Tivim) within Goa, when entering from the north, under the jurisdiction of Konkan Railway.

Karmali railway station is closest railway station to the State capital Panjim or Panaji, which is the administrative capital of Goa, and is located in the central part of Goa.

 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

National Highway 748 (NH 748) is a National Highway in India that starts from Belgaum in Karnataka and ends at Panaji in North Goa district. The highway is 153 km (95 mi) long, of which 82 km (51 mi) is in Karnataka and 71 km (44 mi) is in Goa.


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Facts
1. On of the most popular things to do in the city is to take a cruise on the river. It’s fairly cheap to do and the best time to do it is around sunset.
2. Bird watching is actually another of the most popular pastimes in Panaji.
3. The Carnival celebrations in February include a colourful parade on the streets. This is followed by the Shigmo/ xigmo, or Holi. The Narkasur parade on previous night of Dipavali in the city is very colourful.

4. Well-known places in Panaji are the 18th June Road (a busy thoroughfare in the heart of town and a shopping area for tourists and locals), Mala area, Miramar beach and the Kala Academy cultural centre known for its structure built by architect Charles Correa. Kala Academy in Panaji is a place where Goa showcases its culture and art.
5.”Panaji” literally means “land that never floods”.

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Importants Contacts Nos.
Police Control Room- 100
Fire Brigade- 101
Ambulance- 102
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