Goa in India: fun and religiosity

Goa, called "pearl of the East", perfectly combines temples, old houses and churches with beaches and the sea. A unique story and landscapes that you can't even imagine until you're there. We invite you to take a walk around Goa… can you come with us?

Goa, former Portuguese colony

The history of this region of India is really vast and Draws attention not only for its natural beauties, but also because it offers native and Portuguese traditions equally. The capital of the state of Goa is Panaji (or Panjim), one of the most charming in the whole country.

Goa Old Town - Michal Knitl

Since the 60s, this area receives a large number of tourists, about 2 million a year, especially “hippies” and pilgrims who wanted to visit both its Catholic and Hindu sanctuaries. When you arrive in Goa you will not believe that you are in India. The dominance of Portugal for 450 years has given it a different and western air.

The beaches are really beautiful and in the surroundings we find churches and a large Christian population, something rare in India where most profess Hinduism. Equally 25% of residents are Catholics ... And this is a good amount!

Church in Goa - Aleksandar Todorovic

A walk through Goa

Several rivers converge in Goa and form very beautiful waterways to make a tour between estuaries, bays and coves. It is good to know that a good part of these tributaries are used to transport their iron and manganese manufactures to the port of Mormugao (another place you can visit).

The capital is located on the banks of the Mandovi River, but there are other important cities like Margao, Vasco da Gama, Mapusa, Vieja Goa, Mapusa and Ponda.

Goa - Lena Serditova

If you want something quieter and breathe the culture in every way you can opt for smaller towns in the beach area (such as Candolim or Calangute) or inside (Canacona and Chaudi).

In your passage through Goa you can not miss the Dona Paula beach, Agonda (or turtle beach), Ponda Taluka and its temples, Old Goa (with monuments, temples and convents of the 16th century), the old Portuguese forts of Cabo de Rama and Fort Aguada and the wildlife sanctuaries Bondla, Cotigao, Dr. Salim Ali (of birds) and Mahavira.

The churches of Old Goa

They are reminiscent of the presence of the Portuguese in the area. Several religious orders were established here to make Goa their starting point in the evangelization of Asia.

The magnificent religious and historical complex of Goa It is a World Heritage Site. In it we can observe a great variety of architectural styles and some constructions date from the fifteenth century. Among the most important churches in Goa we find:

Be Goa Cathedral

Be Cathedral - J. Palys

It was built as the seat of the bishopric in 1534 and is dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria. The works finished almost a century later to begin: in 1631. It is a 91-meter-long building, the largest built by the Portuguese in Asia, and has three ships, three portals and a single tower (built in 1766).

Church of Our Lady of the Rosary

It was erected in 1543 and It is the oldest one that still stands. At the beginning it was a parish and although it is small and looks like a fortress, inside you will marvel at its tiny towers and gothic domes.

Basilica of Bom Jesus

Basilica of Bom Jesus - Aleksandar Todorovic

In 1542 San Francisco Javier and his company of Jesus arrived in Goa and from there began the work of evangelization. Of the Jesuit complex, the only thing that survived was this basilica that follows the typical template of a single ship. Here are the mummified remains of the Navarrese missionary.

«How many billion Gentiles would become Christians, if there were workers who did not seek their own interests, but those of Jesus Christ ...! - How much more comforted would they live! »

-San Francisco Javier-

Goa and its beaches

In Goa you will find some of the best beaches in Asia. Thus, after having traveled the impressive heritage of the region you can take a dip in the sea and enjoy its magnificent sand. We recommend the following:

Vagator

Vagator beach - Kiev.Victor

It is said to be the best but that is the choice of each one. What we can say is that it's about the biggest, although in reality there are 3 beaches together: one for those who love the tumult, another for those who prefer tranquility and privacy and the third one that is famous for its sculpture with the face of Shiva on the rock.

Arambol

Arambol beach - saiko3p

It became fashionable a decade ago and since then it is the place chosen by the hippies of the 21st century. This culture has been established in an extension of the beach for a simple reason: you fall in love with it as soon as you arrive! Every night you can dance following the rhythm of the instruments and stay there to see the sunrise.

Ashvem

A quiet place, with transparent and calm waters... although it is not difficult to access you will find a semi deserted beach. Undoubtedly a paradise worth knowing.

Anjuna, Agonda, Khola Beach ... in Goa there are countless beaches, but you must bear in mind that the tourist season of Goa begins at the end of September and ends at the beginning of March, during the dry and cool months. Between May and June, monsoons, storms and hot temperatures appear!

Video: Religious Conversion in Goa (January 2020).

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