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Colva:
Colva is seven kilometers from Margoa. It is famous for its beach and the image of Infant Jesus which is said to perform miracles. The images is said to have been found on the coast of Africa by Fr. Bento Ferreira which was ship wrecked there. The Church is dedicated to our Lady of Merces. The foundation stone of the Church was laid in 1581. In October every year for  the feast of the image people flock in hundreds and a big Fair is held. The feast in honour of Our Lady of Merces is also celebrated in the month of May.

Colva beach has a good road linking it with Margoa. The silver sands of Colva are streaking for 40 kilometers is a beautiful sight. The beach is fringed with palm trees. One can always find isolated parts of the beach as only part of Colva have been developed. In the moonlight, the waters of the ocean acquire a magical luminescence.

Fatorpa:  Fatorpa is 16 kilometers from Quepem. It has the famous Shantadurga Temple. The deity was earlier at Cuncolim and that temple was burnt on April 5, 1567. The one foot high idol is made of 5 metals. The idol holds a shield and a Trishul in its hands. In the sanctum is also a four feet high idol of Khanderaya. Offerings of clothes are made to the goddess. Both the Hindus and the Christians venerate the goddess. A big festival is held at the Temple before Dusshera. Besides this, Holi or Shigmo as it known in Goa is also celebrated here.

MapusaMapusa: the municipal town of Mapusa is an important commercial centre since ages. The Bodgeshwar temple has a small shrine dedicated to Kanakeshwar Baba. There is a lot of greenery around this Temple. People believe that their desires can be fulfilled by the deity. In the months of December/January over six thousand devotees flock to Temple when the annual fair is held. This Fair is one of the biggest in Goa. The church dedicated to Our Lady Miracles was build in 1594. It was rebuilt in 1719 and again in 1838 after it was destroyed by fire. Both the Hindus and the Christians believe that the Image of Nossa Senbora de Milagres cures all ailments. The feast of Nossa Senbora de Milagres is attended by over six thosant persons.

Marcaim: Marcaim is nine kilometers from Ponda. It has the famous Navdurga Temple which is About 500 years old and was renovated in 1603 A.D. The deity was originally located in Ganvshi in Tiswadi Taluka. The four feet high stone idol has the neck of the Goddess slightly bent towards the left. A big Fair is held every year in which nearly 8000 people participate.

Marcela: Marcela town is sixteen kilometers from Ponda. The famous Devaki-Krishna Temple is situated in the heart of the town. The idol is stated to be earlier in Tiswadi Taluka but was shifted later on to this place. The black stone idol is in a standing posture with a child Krishna being carried on the hip. This is a unique pose.

Margoa:  A very busy town Margoa is about 30 kilometers away from Panaji and is situated approximately in the middle of the state. The Church of Holy Spirit was erected in 1565 on the ruins of a Hindu Temple. The Church was rebuilt in 1589 after it was burnt down. There are 10 altars, with the main altar dedicated to the Holy Spirit. An Annual Fair which which is very well attended is a feature of this Church. There is a Hari Mandir having the holy books of Saint Santhagatha and Dyaneshwar. A big festival attended by thousands of people known as ‘Dindi’ is held every year. A procession is taken out from this temple to Vithal Temple.The Vithal Temple is also about sixty year old. Two black stone idols of Vithal and Rakhumayi are installed in the sanctum. The ‘Dindi’ festival is keenly celebrated and the Hari Mandir procession comes to this temple. A huge Pipal tree near the market is revered as the abode of god Damodar. There is also a beautiful shrine to god Damodar in the bDamodar Temple.

Narora: Narora town in 5 kilometers from Bicholim.In it is located the famous Saptakoteshwar.Temple. Sited earlier near the island of Divar, the idol lay hidden for a long time till it was rescued and installed in a Temple on Divar Island. When the Portuguese took over the Divar island they destroyed the temple and built a Church over the remains of the temple. The idol was again hidden, then a small temple was built till Shivaji renovated and expanded the present temple. The temple is built in four parts has a square sanctum carved out of a single block of stone. Above it is dome with a Shikara The Shivlinga in the sanctum is worshipped as Saptakoteshwar. We have a seated Nandi carved out of black stone facing the sanctum. A Deepthambh is also constructed in front of the Temple in Maharashtra style.

Velha Goa: The City of Velha Goa (Old Goa) was at one time the Golden City in the East. In their heyday the Portuguese had made it one of the prettiest cities in the world and it was famous as the Rom of the East.  The city apart from its famous churches has a number of other historical buildings. TheGate of the Fortress of Adilshah is constructed of black stone and has a horizontal lintel resting on pillars. The whole structure is on a raised platform with 6 steps. On its right side is the ‘Vicerory’s Arch which was the landing place of Old Goa. This arch was very richely decorated to greet a new Viceroy. The Arch is built of black stone and has a statue of Vasco-de-Gama and on the rear is a Statue of Argonaut. The Baslica of Bom Jesus is a massive structure which is also known as the Church of St. Francis Xavier as its houses the Chapel and Tomb of St. Francis Xavier. The Church was built in 1594 in Corinthian style. Velha GoaThe Church has two Chapels, with a main alter with a main alter with a choir at the entrance. In 1659 the tomb of St. Francis Xavier was installed in this Church. It is in a chapel on the Southern side of the church. The Chapel has twisted gilded columns of wood with carved floral decorations. The Chapel’s interior is richly decorated with scenes depicting the life of the Saint. The tomb has three parts consisting of a rectangular base, the mausoleum and the silver casket. The mausoleum is of reddish purple colour and has white marble carvings. Each corner has two cherubs white Carrara Alabaster. The middle of the tomb has a bronze plaque on each of its four sides depicting scenes from the lie of the Saint. The silver casket on the top contains the relics of the Saint. The See Cathedral is the largest Church in Asia. The Church has an 80 meter long aisle with beautiful ornamental decorations ending in a gilt altar. The main Church was inaugurated in 1619 and the altars in 1652. The Church has a vaulted and beautiful interior. There are four chaprels and six altars. There were two tower but one collapsed in 1776. The existing tower has five bells. There are many other historical churches to see in Velha Goa. The Convent and Church of St. Frances of Assisi was building in 1517. the chapel of St. Catherine is to the West of this Church. The Convent and church.  The Convent anbd Church of St. Cajetan is opposite the See Catherdral. This Church was built in 1651 along the lines of St. Peters in Rome. The Church and Convent of St. Monica is a huge laterite three storeyed building. The St. Monica Nunnery is the oldest and biggest in the whole of Eastern Asia. The Church of St. Augustine and the Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Old Pillory, The College and Church of St. Paul and the Archaeological Museum are other places worth a visit.

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