About Vasco da Gama – Messyduniya

About Vasco da Gama

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Temples & Religious Places

1. St.Andrew’s Church
The beautiful and imposing, stark white façade of the Church of St. Andrew the apostle is one of the favourite tourist sites for visitors to the city of Vasco.

The stately and gracious building is over 400 years old and has been well-maintained and renovated on several occasions.

The church of St. Andrew is a beloved monument of the people of Vasco and is still very much a functioning parish. The biggest feast here is the feast of St. Andrew on the 30th of November, a must attend for those in Goa at the time.

2. St Francis Church
One of the oldest church in India.The great saint’s body is preserved here.The interior is marvelous and exteriors are eye catching too.

3. The Church of St. Francis Xavier
The Church of St. Francis Xavier is, as the name suggests, dedicated to St. Francis Xavier. The church has a sacred relic, a toe-nail of the saint. The church is in Chicalim in Goa, a charming hamlet on the way to Goa airport.

4. Ayyappa Temple
It was a humble and simple beginning during the Mandala season of 1977.Devotees worshiping Lord Ayyappa, dwelling in and around Mangoor village (Vasco) used to conduct Ayyappa Poojas, Bhajans at their residences before their pilgrimage to Sabarimala. These devotional togetherness paved way for an enriched bliss of spiritual enlightment amongst the participants.
In the absence of a proper and convenient worshipping place, such bhajans were restricted only on Saturdays in the houses of Ayyappa pilgrims. With an aim to broaden the worshiping facilities to the Ayyappa devotees of Goa in general, a decision was arrived unanimously to form a body, named as Ayyappa Seva Samithi, Vasco.

5. Damodar temple
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.


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Crops

Major 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

Vasco is heavily reliant on the port for most of its economic activity. Manganese ore mined in interior regions is brought to Mormugao by barges navigating the rivers Mandovi and Zuari, and then either collected in the Mormugao Port to be loaded onto bulk carrier ships or directly loaded onto the ships using trans-shippers.

Ore which is collected on the port is handled by machinery called MOHP (Mechanical Ore-Handling Plant).

This includes massive bucket wheel loaders and miles of conveyor belts. The port has berthing facilities for large cruise liners as well as a floating dry dock. There are shipping and freight forwarding agents as well as offices of major mining companies based in the city.

The Mormugao Port Trust which operates the port is the largest employer in the Vasco region and has a complete mini-township in Headland Sada which includes schools, residential complexes and amenities for employees of the Port.


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Schools

Schools-
1. Kendriya Vidyalaya No 1
Address: VARUNAPURI,MANGOOR HILL, Vasco da Gama, Goa 403802
Phone: 0832 251 2776

2. Naval K G School, Goa
Address: Mangor Hills, Next to Ayappa Temple, Varunapuri, Vasco da Gama, Goa 403802
Phone: 0832 253 1356

3. St. Joseph’s Institute
Address: Vaddem, New Vaddem, Vasco da Gama, Goa 403802
Phone: 0832 251 3654

4. Our Lady Of Desterro High School
Address: Desterro, Vasco da Gama, Goa 403802
Phone: 0832 252 2412

5. Edify School
Address: House No. 141, Mangor Hill, Vasco Da Gama, Goa, 403802
Phone: 0832 253 2000


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Colleges

Colleges-
The Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani started its second campus BITS Pilani Goa Campus at Zuarinagar in Vasco da Gama. The campus has undergraduate courses in engineering and science.

Gama which provides training in commerce and the arts.
Mormugao Port Trust also runs three schools at the Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary level named Deepvihar.

New Dawn Ashadeep School is a special school for the physically disabled.


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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. Monkey Beach
It is a compact, undeveloped sandy beach, a popular snorkeling & day trip destination, backed by lush hills.

2. Mormugão fort
This fortification was built on the order of the Viceroy of the Portuguese State of India, Dom Francisco da Gama,

Fourth Count of Vidigueira, during his second government, for the defense of South Goa bar, which was then capital of the state of India (Estado da Índia).

His works began in 1624, according to ancient epigraphic inscriptions. In that century, due to the continuous plagues and attacks that racked the old city of Goa, the Viceroys considered the transfer the capital of Portuguese India (Índia Portuguesa) to Mormugao, for what purpose some buildings were erected. The high project costs led to its abandonment though.
The area was lost in 1737, during the invasion of the Marathas.
In the nineteenth century, Nova Goa (or Panjim, as it is currently known) became the new capital.

3. Naval Aviation Museum
The Naval Aviation Museum is a military museum located in Bogmalo, 6 km from Vasco da Gama. This museum contains exhibits that showcase the evolution of the Indian Naval Air Arm over decades. The museum is divided into two main parts, an outdoor exhibit and a two-storey indoor gallery. The museum was inaugurated in October 1998 and is one of the two military aviation museums in India, the other being the Indian Air Force Museum, Palam in Delhi. The Naval Aviation Museum is the only of its kind in Asia.

4. Agonda Beach
The long and isolated stretch of Agonda Beach is perfect for those looking to get away from it all. It’s quiet and relatively uncrowded. Anyone looking to relax should come here. Stay in a hut right on the beach (some are quite luxurious), and enjoy the stillness and nature.

5. Anjuna Beach
Anjuna Beach was once home to the hippies. Most of them have now moved on but their legacy remains. The Wednesday Anjuna Beach flea market is bigger than ever, and after the day is over, the crowds descend on the shacks along Anjuna Beach to listen to psychedelic trance as the sun sets. Curlies, right at the southern end of the beach, is the most happening spot. This lively area has plentiful cheap accommodations and backpacker hostels.


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Transportation
Rail

Vasco da Gama is a railway station serving the town of Vasco da Gama. The station was part of Marmagao and Vasco metre gauge railway line. This was main rail in the state until Konkan Railway was started in 1998.

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

Vasco is connected by road by the National Highway 17A & National Highway 17B.


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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. Often shortened to Vasco, is the largest city in Goa.
4. The 1888 constructed Mormugao port remains a busy shipping route in Asia.
5. Vasco da Gama, 1st Count of Vidigueira was the first European to reach India by sea.
6. The city is sometimes referred to as Sambhaji Nagar. Sambhaji Bhosale was the eldest son of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of Maratha Empire.

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Important Contacts Nos.

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

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