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Goa's Culture and Heritage

posted Jan 4, 2011, 6:47 AM by sandip mishra   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 2:24 AM by Sandip Mishra ]
Basilica of Bom Jesus,  Shri Mangesh Temple and Fort Aguada.

One visits Goa keeping in mind the beautiful beaches it nurtures. I am not a beach person. But yes, I prefer to sit by the beach and watch the untiring sea and its waves lashing the beach and creating natural rhythm of nature.

Goa has much more to offer as part of its rich heritage. One such place of historical significance is the Basilica of Bom Jesus (Infant Jesus), one of the oldest churches in India. 

Basilica of Bom Jesus(St.Francis Xavier)
Located at Old Goa, 10 kms east of Panaji and is the World Heritage site. It holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. This church is more than 400 years old and attracts lots of devotees irrespective of the religion, through out the year and notably when the body is kept for public viewing every 10 years. The next viewing would be in the year 2014. Indeed a memorable experience of Lord’s abode. 

Shri Mangesh Devasthan
Our next pit stop was Lord Mangesh's temple at Mangeshi village of Goa. As a student during my Masters program I used to visit this serene place almost every weekend. Used to drive down and spend couple of hours alone amongst the chants of the hymns. Now it was time to show the family this beautiful place. You can get more details from the official website at The Navarati festival is quite enchanting when the lamp pillar (Deepasthambha) is lit up with hundreds and thousands of lamps. 

Fort Aquada
This Portugese Fort was built to defend attacks of the Dutch and Marathas. Aquada means water and there is a fresh water spring within the fort which provided drinking water supply. There is a lighthouse in the middle and the walk around the fort gave a sense of how robust the defense mechanisms of the Portuguese was and the vantage point this fort gave.
      Basilica of Bom Jesus

      Shri Mangesh Temple

      Fort Aguada