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Location of Goa in India

Country District(s) Established Capital Largest city Governor Chief Minister Legislature (seats) Population • Density Language(s) Time zone Area ISO 3166-2 Footnotes

India 2 30 May 1987 Panaji Vasco da Gama Shivinder Singh Sidhu Digambar Kamat Unicameral (40)
1,400,000 (25th)

• 363 /km2 (940 /sq mi) Konkani↑ IST (UTC+5:30)
3,702 km² (1,429 sq mi)

Coordinates: 15°29′35″N 73°49′05″E / 15.493°N 73.818°E / 15.493; 73.818 Goa (pronounced /ˈɡoʊ.ə/ pronunciation ; Konkani: ???? pronounced [ɡɔ̃j]) is India’s smallest state in terms of area and the fourth smallest in terms of population. Located on the west coast of India in the region known as the Konkan, it is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north, and by Karnataka to the east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast. Panaji (also referred to as Panjim) is the state’s capital. Vasco da Gama (sometimes shortened to Vasco) is the largest city. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the influence of Portuguese culture. Portuguese first landed in Goa as merchants, in the early 16th century, and conquered it soon thereafter. The Portuguese overseas territory existed for about 450 years, until it was annexed by India in 1961.[3][4] Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture, Goa is visited by hundreds of thousands of international and domestic tourists each year. It also has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which is classified as a biodiversity hotspot.


The name Goa came to European languages from the Portuguese, but its precise origin is unclear. In the bygone days it came to be known by many names such as

is the sole official language but Marathi is

also allowed to be used for any or all official purposes.[1][2]


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Gomanta,Gomanchala, Gopakapattam, Gopakapuri, Govapuri, Gomantak, etc.[5] The Indian epic Mahabharata refers to the area now known as Goa, as Goparashtra or ’Govarashtra"’ which means a nation of cowherds. Gopakapuri or Gopakapattanam were used in some ancient Sanskrit texts, and these names were also mentioned in other sacred Hindu texts such as the Harivansa and the Skanda Purana. In the latter, Goa is also known as Gomanchala. Parashurambhoomi is a name that the region is referred to in certain inscriptions and texts such as the Puranas.[6]

In 1510, the Portuguese defeated the ruling Bijapur kings with the help of a local ally, Timayya, leading to the establishment of a permanent settlement in Velha Goa (or Old Goa).


The Sé Cathedral at Old Goa, an example of Portuguese architecture. Goa’s known history stretches back to the 3rd century BC, when it formed part of the Mauryan Empire.[7] It was later ruled by the Satavahanas of Kolhapur, around 2,000 years ago it was passed on to the Chalukya Dynasty, who controlled it between 580 to 750. Over the next few centuries Goa was successively ruled by the Silharas, the Kadambas and the Chalukyas of Kalyani, rulers of Deccan India.[8] In 1312, Goa came under the governance of the Delhi Sultanate. However, the kingdom’s grip on the region was weak, and by 1370 they were forced to surrender it to Harihara I of the Vijayanagara empire. The Vijayanagara monarchs held on to the territory until 1469, when it was appropriated by the Bahmani sultans of Gulbarga. After that dynasty crumbled, the area fell to the hands of the Adil Shahis of Bijapur who established as their auxiliary capital the city known under the Portuguese as Velha Goa.

Coat of Arms of Goa as a Portuguese possession (1675). The Portuguese encouraged the spread of Christianity, often with repressive measures, such as the Goan Inquisition, leading to a significant population converting to Christianity. The repeated wars of the Portuguese with the Marathas and the Deccan sultanate, along with their repressive religious policies led to large migrations of Goans to neighbouring areas. Goa was occupied by British between 1812-1815 during Napoleonic Wars. In 1843 the capital was moved to Panjim from Velha Goa. By mid-18th century the area under occupation had expanded to most of Goa’s present day state limits. Simultaneously the Portuguese lost other possessions in India until their borders stabilised and formed the Estado da India Portuguesa, of which Goa was the largest territory. After India gained independence from the British in 1947, Portugal refused to negotiate with India on the transfer of sovereignty of their Indian enclaves. On 12 December 1961, the Indian army commenced with Operation Vijay resulting in the annexation of Goa,


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Damman and Diu into the Indian union. Goa, along with Daman and Diu was made into a centrally administered Union Territory of India. On 30 May 1987, the Union Territory was split, and Goa was elevated as India’s twenty-fifth state, with Daman and Diu remaining Union Territories.[5]

Most of Goa’s annual rainfall is received through the monsoons which last till late September. Goa has a short winter season between mid-December and February. These months are marked by nights of around 20 °C (68 °F) and days of around 29 °C (84 °F) with moderate amounts of humidity. Further inland, due to altitudinal gradation, the nights are a few degrees cooler. During March 2008 Goa was lashed with heavy rain and strong winds. This was the first time in 29 years that Goa had seen rain during March.

Geography and climate
Goa encompasses an area of 3,702 km² (1,430 sq mile). It lies between the latitudes 14°53’54" N and 15°40’00" N and longitudes 73°40’33" E and 74°20’13" E. Most of Goa is a part of the coastal country known as the Konkan, which is an escarpment rising up to the Western Ghats range of mountains, which separate it from the Deccan Plateau. The highest point is the Sonsogor, with an altitude of 1,167 meters (3,827 feet). Goa has a coastline of 101 km (63 miles). Goa’s main rivers are the Mandovi, the Zuari, the Terekhol, Chapora River and the Sal. The Mormugao harbor on the mouth of the river Zuari is one of the best natural harbors in South Asia. The Zuari and the Mandovi are the lifelines of Goa, with their tributaries draining 69% of its geographic area. Goa has more than forty estuarine, eight marine and about ninety riverine islands. The total navigable length of Goa’s rivers is 253 km (157 miles). Goa has more than three hundred ancient tanks built during the rule of the Kadamba dynasty and over a hundred medicinal springs. Most of Goa’s soil cover is made up of laterites which are rich in ferric aluminium oxides and reddish in color. Further inland and along the river banks, the soil is mostly alluvial and loamy. The soil is rich in minerals and humus, thus conducive to plantation. Some of the oldest rocks in the Indian subcontinent are found in Goa between Molem and Anmod on Goa’s border with Karnataka. The rocks are classified as Trondjemeitic Gneiss estimated to be 3,600 million years old, dated by the Rubidium isotope dating method. A specimen of the rock is exhibited in the Goa University. Goa, being in the tropical zone and near the Arabian Sea, has a hot and humid climate for most of the year. The month of May is the hottest, seeing day temperatures of over 35 °C (95 °F) coupled with high humidity. The monsoon rains arrive by early June and provide a much needed respite from the heat.


Talukas of Goa. Talukas in purple shades belong to North Goa district, and orange denote South Goa. The state is divided into two districts: North Goa and South Goa. Panaji is the headquarters of the north Goa district and Margao of the south district. Each district is governed by a district collector, an administrator appointed by the Indian government. The districts are further divided into eleven talukas – Talukas of North Goa are Bardez, Bicholim, Pernem, Ponda, Sattari and Tiswadi, the talukas of South Goa are Canacona, Mormugao, Quepem, Salcete and Sanguem. Headquarters of the respective talukas are Mapusa, Bicholim, Pernem,


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Ponda, Valpoy, Panjim, Chaudi, Vasco, Quepem, Margao and Sanguem. Goa’s major cities include Vasco, Margao , Mormugao, Panjim and Mapusa. The region connecting the first four cities is considered a de facto conurbation, or a more or less continuous urban area.

and are present in almost all areas of Goa barring the elevated regions. A large number of deciduous vegetation consisting of teak, sal, cashew and mango trees are present. Fruits include jackfruits, mangos, pineapples and blackberries. Foxes, wild boars and migratory birds are found in the jungles of Goa. The avifauna includes kingfishers, mynas and parrots. Numerous types of fish are also caught off the coast of Goa and in its rivers. Crabs, lobsters, shrimps, jellyfish, oysters and catfish form some of the piscine catch. Goa also has a high snake population, which keeps the rodent population in control. Goa has many famous National Parks, including the renowned Salim Ali bird sanctuary. Other wildlife sanctuaries include the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Molem Wildlife Sanctuary, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Madei Wildlife Sanctuary, Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary and the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary located on the island of Chorao. Goa has more than 33% of its geographic area under government forests (1224.38 km²) of which about 62% has been brought under Protected Areas (PA) of Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Park. Since there is a substantial area under private forests and a large tract under cashew, mango, coconut, etc. plantations, the total forest and tree cover constitutes 56.6% of the geographic area.

Flora and fauna
Forest cover in Goa stands at 1,424 km²[5], most of which is owned by the government. Government owned forest is estimated at 1224.38 km² whilst private is given as 200 km². Most of the forests in the state are located in the interior eastern regions of the state. The Western Ghats, which form most of eastern Goa, have been internationally recognised as one of the biodiversity hotspots of the world. In the February 1999 issue of National Geographic Magazine, Goa was compared with the Amazon and Congo basins for its rich tropical biodiversity. Goa’s wildlife sanctuaries boast of more than 1512 documented species of plants, over 275 species of birds, over 48 kinds of animals and over 60 genera of reptiles[9]. Rice is the main food crop with pulses, ragi and other food crops are also grown. Main cash crops are coconuts, cashewnuts, arecanuts, sugarcane and fruits like pineapples, mangos and bananas.[5] The State has a rich forest cover of more than 1,424 km². Goa’s state animal is the Gaur, the state bird is the Ruby Throated Yellow Bulbul, which is a variation of Black-crested Bulbul, and the state tree is the Asan.

Gross State Domestic Product (in millions of Rupees)[10] Year 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 3,980 6,550 12,570 33,190 76,980 GSDP

Rice paddies are common in rural Goa. The important forests products are bamboo canes, Maratha barks, chillar barks and the bhirand. Coconut trees are ubiquitous

Goa’s gross state domestic product for 2007 is estimated at $3 billion in current prices. Goa is one of India’s richest states with the highest GDP per capita and two and a half times that of the country as a whole, and one of its fastest growth rates: 8.23% (yearly average 1990–2000).[11]


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Tourism is Goa’s primary industry: it handles 12%[12] of all foreign tourist arrivals in India. Goa has two main tourist seasons: winter and summer. In the winter time, tourists from abroad (mainly Europe) come to Goa to enjoy the splendid climate. In the summer time (which, in Goa, is the rainy season), tourists from across India come to spend the holidays. Tourism is generally focused on the coastal areas of Goa, with decreased tourist activity inland. In 2004, there were more than 2 million tourists reported to have visited Goa, 400,000 of which were from abroad.

that traditional fishing has given 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. Zuari Industries (2005 gross income Rs.36,302 million) and Sesa Goa (2005 gross income Rs.17,265 million) are two S&P CNX 500 conglomerates which have corporate offices in Goa. The Goa government has recently decided to not allow any more special economic zones (SEZs) in Goa. This is in stark contrast to policy followed by other states of India. SEZs are known to bring tax revenues for the government and employment option for local citizens since industries flock there for lower tax rates as compared to other areas. Currently there are 16 planned SEZs in Goa. This decision was taken by state government after strong opposition to SEZs by political parties and Goa Catholic Church.

Commercial area in Panjim. The land away from the coast is rich in minerals and ores and mining forms the second largest industry. Mining in Goa focuses on ores of iron, Bauxite, manganese, clays, limestone and silica. The Marmagao Port handled 31.69 million tonnes of cargo last year, and accounts for over 39% of India’s Iron Ore exports. The leaders in the Goan Iron Ore industry include Sesa Goa (now owned by Vedanta) and Dempo. Rampant mining in areas rich in Iron Ore and other minerals is now threatening the forest cover as well as posing a health hazard to the local population. Mining corporations are also indulging in illegal mining in some areas without proper permits. Agriculture, while of shrinking importance to the economy over the past four decades, offers part-time employment to a sizable portion of the populace. Rice is the main agricultural crop, followed by areca, cashew and coconut. The fishing industry provides employment for about forty thousand people, though recent official figures indicate a decline of the importance of this sector and also a fall in catch, perhaps coupled with the fact

Goa is also notable for its low liquor prices due to its very low excise duty on alcohol. Another source of cash inflow into the state comes from many of its citizens who work abroad and remit money to their families.


Most of Goa is well connected by roads.

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However, public transport in Goa is less developed, and residents depend heavily on their own transport, usually motorised twowheelers. Goa has two National Highways passing through it. NH-17 runs along India’s west coast and links Goa to Bombay in the north and Mangalore to the south. NH-4A running across the state connects the capital Panjim to Belgaum in east, linking Goa to cities in the Deccan. The NH-17A connects NH-17 to Mormugao Harbour from Cortalim, and the new NH-17B, is a four lane highway connecting Mormugao Harbour to NH-17 at another location, Verna, via Dabolim airport. Goa has a total of 224 km (139 mi) of National highway, 232 km (144 mi) of state highway and 815 km of district highway. Hired forms of transport include unmetered taxis, and, in urban areas, auto rickshaws. A unique form of transport in Goa is the Motorcycle taxi, operated by drivers who are locally called "pilots". These vehicles transport a single pillion rider, at fares that are usually negotiated prior or after the journey (it is always better to ask locals on the correct fare before you try any negotiations yourself). In some places in Goa, there are river crossings which are serviced by the ferry boats, operated by the river navigation departments. Goa has two rail lines — one run by the South Western Railway and the other by the Konkan Railway. The line run by the South Western Railway was built during the colonial era linking the port town of Vasco da Gama with Hubli in Karnataka via Margao. The Konkan Railway line, which was built during the 1990s, runs parallel to the coast connecting Mumbai to the Malabar Coast. The Mormugao harbour near the city of Vasco handles mineral ore, petroleum, coal and international containers. Much of the shipments consist of minerals and ores from Goa’s hinterland. Panjim, which is situated on the banks of the Mandovi, also has a minor port, which used to handle passenger steamers between Goa and Mumbai till the late 1980s. There was also a short-lived catamaran service linking Mumbai and Panaji operated by Damania Shipping in the 1990s.

River Princess Candolim Beach Goa’s sole airport, the Dabolim Airport, is both a military and civilian airport catering to domestic and international airlines that stop en route to other Indian destinations. In addition to regular flights, the airport handles a large number of chartered flights. Goa receives International flights from Dubai, Sharjah and Kuwait in the Middle East and from the United Kingdom, Germany and Russia during the charter flight tourist season. Dabolim airport is serviced by the following carriers - Air India, Indian Airlines, Kingfisher Airlines, Go Air, SpiceJet, Jet Airways besides Charter flights from the United Kingdom, Russia, Germany operated by Thomas Cook, Condor, Monarch Airlines etc.

National Highway 17 passing through Goa. Goa’s public transport largely consists of privately operated buses linking the major towns to rural areas. Government-run buses, maintained by the Kadamba Transport Corporation, links both major routes (like the Panjim–Margao route) and some remote parts of the state. In large towns such as Panjim and Margao, intra-city buses ply.

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Government also has a policy of replying in Marathi to correspondence received in Marathi.[21] However, whilst there have been demands for according Marathi and Konkani in Roman script co-equal status in the state, As of October 2008, Konkani remained the sole official language.[22][23] The most widely used languages are Konkani, Marathi and English.[24] Konkani is the primary spoken language and official; Marathi and English are used for literary, educational and some official purposes. Other languages in wide use include Hindi, Kannada and Portuguese. Portuguese, the language of the colonial elite, is used by shrinking number of speakers, though a small number still prefer it as the medium for discourse at home, and a few Portuguese books have even been published in recent years.

Hindu-Christianity Unity Memorial at Miramar Beach. Marathi. Goa has a population of 1.344 million residents, making it India’s fourth smallest (after Sikkim, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh). The population has a growth rate of 14.9% per decade.[16] There are 363 people for each square kilometre of the land.[15] 49.77% of the population lives in urban areas. The literacy rate of Goa is over 82%.[17] The sex ratio is 960 females to 1000 males. The birth rate is 15.70 per 1,000 people in 2007.[18] According to the 2001 census out of a total population of 1,343,998. 886,551 were Hindus, 359,568 were Christians, 92,210 were Muslims, 970 were Sikhs, 649 were Buddhists, 820 were Jains and 353 belonged other religious communities.[15][19] Roman Catholicism reached Goa during the period of European colonisation, which began in 1498 when the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrived on the Malabar coast.[20] With the establishment of Goa Inquisition in 1560, a large sections of the population became Roman Catholic. These Catholics, popularly known as Goan Catholics, account for the largest Christian community in Goa. A small community of Jews also live in Goa as well. Unlike the Jews of Cochin who trace their lineage to the Babylonian Exile, the Goan Jews originally came from Portugal and were well established in Goa by the 16th century.

People and Culture

Shantadurga temple at Kavlem. The tableau of Goa showcases religious harmony by focusing on the Deepastambha, the Cross, Ghode Modni followed by a chariot. Western royal attire of kings and regional dances being performed depict the unique blend of different religions and cultures of the State. The festival of music and dance Shigmo Mel signifies unity in diversity.[25] Besides Shigmo, festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi (Chavoth-Konkani), Diwali, Christmas, Easter, Samsar Padvo, and the Carnival are also celebrated in by the people of Goa. Goa is also known for its New Year’s celebrations. The Goan Carnival is known to attract a large number of tourists.

The Goa, Daman and Diu Official Language Act, 1987 makes Konkani in the Devanagari script the sole official language of Goa, but provides that Marathi may also be used for "for all or any of the official purposes". The

Dance and music
Goan Hindus are very fond of Natak, Bhajan and Kirtan. Many famous Indian Classical


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singers hail from Goa, such as Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Kishori Amonkar, Kesarbai Kerkar, Jitendra Abhisheki, Prabhakar Karekar. Some traditional Goan dance forms are dekhnni, fugdi, and corridinho. It is also the birthplace of Goa Trance.


Tiatr and Zagor are the chief forms of Goa’s traditional performance arts. Other forms are Ranmale, Dashavatari, Kalo, Goulankala, Lalit, Kala and Rathkala. Stories from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata along with more modern social subjects are narrated with song and dance.[26][27] The drummers, keyboard artists, and guitarists are part of the show and give the background score. Margao is the cultural center of drama arts. Famous dramatists include Prince Jacob, Rosefern, Joaquim Jack, Pascoal Rodrigues, Menino de Bandar, Mario Menezes And Mr Rosario Agnelo Dias one of the Most famous Actor Writer Director . At Around 50 new roman scripts are released and 100 Konkani music CDs and DVDs are released on the Goan market every year.

Goa Carnival is one of the main attractions of Goa.

Historic sites and neighborhoods
Goa has two World Heritage Sites: the Bom Jesus Basilica [1] and a few designated convents. The Basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, regarded by many Catholics as the patron saint of Goa (the patron of the Archdiocese of Goa is actually the Blessed Joseph Vaz). Once every twelve years, the body is taken down for veneration and for public viewing. The last such event was conducted in 2004. The Velhas Conquistas regions are also known for its GoaPortuguese style architecture. There are many forts in Goa such as Tiracol, Chapora, Corjuem, Aguada, Gaspar Dias and Cabo de Rama. In many parts of Goa, mansions constructed in the Indo-Portuguese style architecture still stand, though in some villages, most of them are in a dilapidated condition. Fontainhas in Panaji has been declared a cultural quarter, showcasing the life, architecture and culture of Goa. Some influences from the Portuguese era are visible in some of Goa’s temples, notably the Mangueshi Temple, although after 1961, many of these were demolished and reconstructed in the indigenous Indian style.

Rice with fish curry (Xit kodi in Konkani) is the staple diet in Goa. Goan cuisine is famous for its rich variety of fish dishes cooked with elaborate recipes. Coconut and coconut oil is widely used in Goan cooking along with chili peppers, spices and vinegar giving the food a unique flavour. Pork dishes such as Vindaloo, Xacuti and Sorpotel are cooked for major occasions among the Goan Catholics. An exotic Goan vegetable stew, known as Khatkhate, is a very popular dish during the celebrations of festivals, Hindu and Christian alike. Khatkhate contains at least five vegetables, fresh coconut, and special Goan spices that add to the aroma. Sannas a variant of idli and Koilori a variant of dosa are native to Goa. A rich egg-based multi-layered sweet dish known as bebinca is a favourite at Christmas. The most popular alcoholic beverage in Goa is feni; Cashew feni is made from the fermentation of the fruit of the cashew tree, while coconut feni is made from the sap of toddy palms. See also: Music of Goa and Goa literature

The architecture of Goa is a combination of Indian, Mughal and Portuguese styles. Since the Portuguese ruled for four centuries, many churches and houses bear a striking element of the Portuguese style of architecture. Goa was also under the Mughal rule


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Mauryas and the Satyavahanas have ruled over Goa. The inscription of around A.D.1000 (when Shashtadeva of the Goa Kadamba dynasty sat on the throne), describes the early splendor of the capital: ’Gardens on every side. White plastered houses, alleys, horse stables, flower gardens, markets, harlots’ quarters, and tanks.’ In his son’s reign, Goa is reputed to have commanded a powerful fleet and traded with fourteen foreign lands. In essence, it was a coveted land with the most sought after port in India. And as the word spread, this advantage was to become a liability. The friendly harbours that had sent out sparkling blue ripples to the world were to backflow and become the road of conquest and colonization. On July 4, 1497 when Vasco da Gama set sail from the River Tagus in Lisbon commanding the flagship São Gabriel, no one could have imagined the implications of his voyage. At that time the potentates of the East were wealthier than the financially embarrassed Western kings. Vasco da Gama never actually visited Goa, though now there is a coastal city, Vasco (biggest city of Goa) by his name to commemorate his link with Portugal. It was Afonso de Albuquerque who is credited with sowing the seeds of the Portuguese empire in India, first by destroying, then creating. Little did anyone know that Goa would change face. Now a stranger on the throne was to remould the past, reshape the present and go so far as to influence the future psyche of the people of Goa. The Portuguese brought to Goa the magnificence of the West and the might of a nation at the height of its imperial power. Their vision was lofty and ambition sky high, but it blazed a short trail like a meteor. An art historian remarked, ’Portugal was a very small nation of a heroic people. However, at its peak, Goa was one of the wonders of the world, larger than Lisbon and even the London of its time! Some 300,000 people had made it their home. Goa resembled the ’meeting upon the burse in Antwerpe’ wrote Linschoten, the Dutchman, and it was then that epithets like ’Rome of Asia’ and ’Pearl of the Orient’ were coined. ’Goa Dourada’ or ’Golden Goa’ sands was not an advertising slogan to beckon tourists, but more precisely the gilt-coated reredos and altars in the churches that displayed layers of the real gold Portugal had discovered in Africa.

Mangeshi Hindu Temple

An example of traditional Portuguese-influenced Goan architecture. and thus one finds monuments built in the typical Mughal style complete with the domes. The typical Goan architecture is very simple and easy going and is visible in buildings like modern By the end of the 18th century, there was a change in the style of the buildings of Goa. Though the Portuguese essence remained, there was an overdose of colors and usage of tiles increased. Blue and red turned out to be favorite colors with many houses being painted in bright blues and the roofs being covered by red tiles. The houses are usually large and have spacious rooms with windows for ventilation. Each house also has a separate room or secluded space for keeping the idol or photographs of their Gods[28] The height of Goa’s glory was mutually linked with the Portuguese, but the Goan grandeur predated the Portuguese. Chieftains, kings and a host of Indian dynasties had made this little jewel glitter with royal pomp. The Batpuras, the Bhujas, Ashoka, the


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Contemporary descriptions do not undertake this glitter. ’Quem viu Goa escusa de ver Lisboa’, the word went round, ’Who has seen Goa needn’t see Lisbon.’ In 1606 Goa got Santa Monica, the first nunnery in the East. The imposing Basilica of Bom Jesus impressed Christians and non-Christians alike. Fantastic Italian architecture typically renaissance modelled on architectural details from the churches circled the city’s skyline. There were compulsory orders to paint the mansions annually, after the monsoon had passed. The regulations insisted that although white may be used for picking out architectural details like quoins and cornices, and window edges and balustrades to contrast with the wall surfaces of yellow-ochre, Indian red or pale green, no buildings but churches might be white all over. In 1839, Caption Marryat in his novel The Phantom Ship de described Goa: ’The squares behind the palace and the wide streets were filled with living beings: elephants with gorgeous trappings; led or mounted horses with superb housings; palanquins carried by natives in splendid liveries; running footmen; syces; every variety of nation, from the proud Portuguese to the half-covered native; Musselmen, Arabs, Hindoos, Armenians; Officers and soldiers in their uniforms, all crowded and thronged together: all was bustle and motion. Such was the wealth, the splendor and luxury of the proud city of Goa - the Empress of the East.’


Open field in Old Goa December 1959 the Associação de Futebol de Goa was formed, which continues to administer the game in the state under the new name, Goa Football Association.[29] Goa, along with West Bengal and Kerala.[29] is the locus of football in the country and is home to many football club in India’s National Football League, including three of the ten Premier Division teams.[31] The state’s football powerhouses include Salgaocar, Dempo, Churchill Brothers, Vasco Sports Club and Sporting Clube de Goa. The state’s main football stadium, Fatroda (or Nehru stadium), is located at Margao and also hosts cricket matches.[32] A number of Goans have represented India in football, and four of them, namely Brahmanand Sankhwalkar, Bruno Coutinho, Mauricio Afonso, and Roberto Fernandes have all captained the national team at one time or another. In recent decades, a growing influence of cricket is visible, in large part fuelled by the massive coverage this sport gets on national television, thus making an impact even in a part of South Asia which hardly had any contact with the British Empire. Goa now has its own cricket team. Swapnil Asnodkar played an important role in helping the Rajasthan Royals win the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League in 2008 and Shadab Jakati fron Vasco made an immediate impact for the Chennai Superkings in IPL 2009 in South Africa. That said, Dilip Sardesai remains the only Goan till date to play international cricket for India.[33] For more details on this topic, see Goans in sports.


Golf course in Goa, on the western coast of India. Football is perhaps the most popular sport in Goa and is embedded in Goan culture.[29] Its origins in the state are traced back to 1883 when the visiting Irish priest Fr. William Robert Lyons established the sport as part of a "Christian education".[29][30] On 22


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the recent past. After having stable governance for nearly thirty years up to 1990, Goa is now notorious for its political instability having seen fourteen governments in the span of the fifteen years between 1990 and 2005.[34] In March 2005 the assembly was dissolved by the governor and President’s Rule was declared, which suspended the legislature. A by-election in June 2005 saw the Congress coming back to power after winning three of the five seats that went to polls. The Congress party and the BJP are the two largest parties in the state. In the assembly pole of 2007, Congress-led coalition won and started ruling the state.[35] Other parties include the United Goans Democratic Party, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party.[36]

Government and Politics
In the Parliament of India, Goa has two seats in the Lok Sabha, one representing each district, and one seat in the Rajya Sabha. Goa’s capital is Panaji, known as Panjim in English and earlier called Pangim in Portuguese times, and known in the local language as Ponnje is the administrative capital of Goa lying on the left bank of the Mandovi near Panaji. Goa’s legislative assembly building is located in Porvorim – the seat of the Goa assembly, which lies across the Mandovi River. The state’s judicial hierarchy relates to Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay, which is the capital of Goa’s neighbouring Maharashtra state), as the state comes under the Bombay High Court. A bench of the High Court is present in Panaji. Unlike other states, which follow the British Indian model of civil laws framed for individual religions, the Portuguese Uniform Civil Code, based on the Napoleonic code, has been retained by the Goa government.

Media and Communication
Goa is served by almost all television channels available in India. Channels are received through cable in most parts of Goa. In the interior regions, channels are received via satellite dishes. Doordarshan, the national television broadcaster, has two free terrestrial channels on air. DTH (Direct To Home) TV services are available from Dish TV, Tata Sky & DD Direct Plus. The All India Radio is the only radio channel in the state, broadcasting in both FM and AM bands. Two AM channels are broadcast, the primary channel at 1287 kHz and the Vividh Bharati channel at 1539 kHz. AIR’s FM channel is called FM Rainbow and is broadcast at 105.4 MHz. Private FM radio channels available are Big FM at 92.7 MHz, Radio Mirchi at 98.3 MHz, and Radio Indigo at 91.9 MHz. There is also an educational radio channel, Gyan Vani, run by IGNOU broadcast from Panaji at 107.8 MHz. In 2006, St Xavier’s College, Mapusa, became the first college in the state to launch a campus community radio station ’Voice of Xavier’s’. Major cellular service operators include Reliance Infocomm, Tata Indicom, Vodafone (previously Hutch), Bharti Airtel, BSNL and Idea cellular. Local newspaper publications include the English language The Herald (Goa’s oldest, once a Portuguese language paper known as O Heraldo), the Gomantak Times and the Navhind Times. In addition to these, The

The Bombay High Court is Goa’s highest court. Goa has a unicameral legislature consisting of a forty member Legislative Assembly, headed by a Chief Minister who wields the executive power. The present Chief Minister of Goa is Mr. Digambar Kamat and the Leader of Opposition is Mr. Manohar Parrikar. The ruling government consists of the party or coalition garnering the most seats in the state elections and enjoying the support of a simple majority of the House. The governor is appointed by the President of India. The governor’s role is largely ceremonial, but plays a crucial role when it comes to deciding who should form the next government or in suspending the legislature as has happened in


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Times of India and the Indian Express are also received from Bombay and Bangalore in the urban areas. The Times of India has recently started publication from Goa itself serving the local population news directly from the state capital. Among the list of officially-accredited newspapers are The Navhind Times, The Herald Times and The Gomantak Times (all in the English language) and Gomantak, Tarun Bharat, Navprabha, Pudhari, Goa Times, Sanatan Prabhat, Govadoot (all in Marathi), Sunaparant in Devanagari-script Konkani. All are dailies. Other publications in the state includeHello Travel Talk[2] (English-language,A Tourism Magazine),Whats On Goa[3] (Englishlanguage, Fortnightly-An Event Lister Of Goa),Hello City - Hello Panjim , Hello Margao (English-language),Hello Goa Yellowpages[4] (English-language,Yearly)Goa Today (English-language, monthly), Goan Observer (English, weekly), Vavraddeancho Ixtt (Roman-script Konkani, weekly) Goa Messenger, Gulab (Konkani, monthly), Bimb (Devanagiri-script Konkani), Harbour Times, Digital Goa, and "J’s House". The annual advertising festival organized by Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) and The Advertising Club Bombay. Organizers promise a lot more zest and knowledge sharing for the advertising industry at this year’s edition. Bookings for Hotels and Resorts for the GoaFest has already began and a large number of delegates are expected in Goa for the AAAI GoaFest.

76% of females being literate.[37] Each taluka is made up of villages, each having a school run by the government. Due to the low levels of corruption and the quality of the government schools, private schools are less in demand, compared to the rest of the country. All schools come under the state SSC whose syllabus is prescribed by the state Education department. There are also a few schools run by the all-India ICSE board. Most students in Goa complete their high school using English as the medium of instruction. Primary schools, on the other hand are largely run in Konkani and marathi (in private, but government-aided schools). As is the case in most of India, enrollment for vernacular media has seen a fall in numbers in favour of English medium education. As per a report published in the times of India, 84 % of Goan schools run without an administrative head.


Goa University According to the 2001 census, Goa has a literacy rate of 82% with 89% of males and

After ten years of schooling, students join a Higher Secondary school, which offers courses in popular streams such as Science, Arts, Law and Commerce.A student may also opt for a course in vocational studies. Additionally, many join three year diploma courses. Two years of college is followed by a professional degree. Goa University is the sole university in the state located in Taleigao and all Goan colleges are affiliated to it. There are four engineering colleges and one medical college in the state. The Goa Engineering College and Goa Medical College are run by the state whereas the other three engineering colleges are run by private organisations. Top schools in Goa are Almeida high school, People’s high school, Manovikas, Mushtifund high school etc. Top colleges in Goa include G.V.M’s S.N.J.A higher secondary school, St Xavier’s College, Carmel College, Chowgule College, Dhempe College, Damodar College, MES College, etc. The private engineering colleges are Shree Rayeshwar Institute of Engineering and Information Technology, Shiroda, and Padre Conceicao College of Engineering, Verna. There are also colleges offering pharmacy, architecture and dentistry along with numerous private colleges offering law, arts, commerce and science. There is also two National Oceanographic Science related centres, NCAOR and the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in Vasco and Panjim. In


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Linguistic Minorities. http://nclm.nic.in/ shared/linkimages/35.htm. Retrieved on 2007-07-17. "Konkani is the official language of the state. There is no second official language. However, as per notification, Marathi will be used for the purpose of reply by the Government whenever communications are received in that language. In the Official Language Act, it is provided that "the Marathi language, shall also be used for all or any of the official purposes". Further it is provided that "nothing contained in this sub section shall be deemed to affect the use of the Marathi language in educational, social or cultural fields"." UNI (30 May 2007). "Marathi vs Konkani debate continues in Goa". rediff.com (Rediff.com India Limited). http://www.rediff.com/news/2007/may/ 30goa.htm. Retrieved on 2007-07-17. "Liberation of Goa". Government Polytechnic, Panaji. http://gpp.nic.in/ Liberation.html. Retrieved on 2007-07-17. Pillarisetti, Jagan. "The Liberation of Goa: an Overview". The Liberation of Goa:1961. bharat-rakshak.com. http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/ History/1960s/Goa01.html. Retrieved on 2007-07-17. ^ "Goa". National Informatics Centre(NIC). http://www.india.gov.in/ knowindia/st_goa.php. Retrieved on 2009-01-04. Press Information bureau. Goa – The Vibrant State on March. Press release. http://pib.nic.in/release/ release.asp?relid=45884. Retrieved on 2009-01-05. de Mello, Alfredo Froilano. "A Summary of the Early History of Goa (2000 BC 1500 AD)". goacom.com. Demerg Systems India. http://www.goacom.com/ culture/history/history0.html. Retrieved on 2007-07-18. Harding, Paul (September 2003). "Facts about Goa: History". Lonely Planet Goa (3rd ed.). Lonely Planet Publications. pp. 9–14. ISBN 1740591399. "Wildlife Sanctuaries in Goa". http://www.goahub.com/wildlifesanctuaries-in-goa/index.html. Retrieved on 2008-07-18.

BITS Pilani Goa Campus 2004, BITS Pilani university started its first Indian satellite, BITS Pilani Goa Campus near Dabolim. Many residents, however, choose to take up courses in other states as the demand for a course in Goa is more than that available. Goa is also well-known in India for courses in marine engineering, fisheries, hotel management and cuisine. The State also hosts a business school - the Goa Institute of Management which is autonomous and was founded in 1993 by Romuald D’Souza. Portuguese is taught as a part of the school curriculum, often as a third language in some schools. The Goa University also offers Bachelors and Masters degrees in Portuguese.





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• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Gomanta Kingdom Goans History of Goa Portuguese India List of Temples in Goa Houses of Goa Public squares in Goa Media in Goa Tourism in Goa Hinduism in Goa Caste in Goa Konkani language Goan Catholics Invasion of Goa Goa Opinion Poll [6]



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[10] "Ministry of Statistics and Programme http://www.navhindtimes.com/ Implementation". http://mospi.nic.in/ story.php?story=2008091733. Retrieved mospi_nad_main.htm. Retrieved on on 2008-10-18. 2006-09-07. [24] "Table 26: Three Main Languages in [11] Chandigarh’s per capita income highest every State, 1991". Census of India 1991. in India Office of the Registrar General, India. [12] Economy of Goa, from goenkar.com http://www.censusindia.gov.in/. verified 2005-04-02. Retrieved on 2007-08-01. [13] "Goa not to have any more SEZs". [25] Press Information Bureau. Twenty eight http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/ tableaux to participate in year’s Republic Business/India_Business/ Day Parade. Press release. Goa_not_to_have_any_more_SEZs_Digamber_Kamat/ http://pib.nic.in/archieve/lreleng/lyr2002/ rssarticleshow/2538932.cms. Retrieved rjan2002/21012002/r210120025.html. on 2007-11-13. Retrieved on 2009-01-05. [14] "Census Population" (PDF, 40 KB). [26] Tiatr folk drama of Goa Census of India. Ministry of Finance http://www.goablog.org/posts/tiatr-folkIndia. http://indiabudget.nic.in/ drama-of-goa/ es2006-07/chapt2007/tab97.pdf. [27] Smitha Venkateswaran (14 Apr, 2007). Retrieved on 2008-12-18. "Konkan goes Tiatrical". The Economic [15] ^ "Area and population". Government of Times. Goa. http://goagovt.nic.in/gag/ http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/ arepop.htm. Retrieved on 2009-01-05. articleshowarchive.cms?msid=1907414. [16] "Goa Population Policy (March 2007)" Retrieved on 2008-12-14. (DOC, 156 KB). Government of Goa. [28] "Goa Architecture" http://goagovt.nic.in/GoaPPp.doc. [29] ^ Mills, James (Summer 2001). "Football Retrieved on 2009-01-05. in Goa: Sport, Politics and the [17] "Education". Government of Goa. Portuguese in India". Soccer & Society 2 http://goagovt.nic.in/gag/educ.htm. (2): 75–88. Retrieved on 2009-01-05. [30] "Goan football has little cause to look [18] "Demographic status of Goa". Navhind back". Goa Football Association. Times. http://www.navhindtimes.com/ http://www.goa-fa.com/node/45. articles.php?Story_ID=053150. Retrieved on 2007-07-19. Retrieved on 2009-02-05. [31] "NFL Teams 2006/07". [19] "Population by religious communities". IndianFootball.Com. Census department of India. http://www.indianfootball.com/specials/ http://www.censusindia.gov.in/ nfl/teams/2006-07teams.html. Retrieved Census_Data_2001/Census_data_finder/ on 2007-07-19. C_Series/ [32] "Nehru stadium". Cricinfo.com. Population_by_religious_communities.htm. http://content-www.cricinfo.com/india/ Retrieved on 2008-12-22. content/ground/58301.html. Retrieved on [20] "Vasco da Gama (c.1460 - 1524)". BBC. 2007-07-19. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ [33] http://www.mail-archive.com/ historic_figures/gama_vasco_da.shtml. goanet@lists.goanet.org/msg15601.html Retrieved on 2008-01-05. [34] Odds stacked against Parrikar, Anil [21] Commissioner Linguistic Minorities, Sastry, The Hindu, 2005-01-31, verified 42nd report: July 2003 - June 2004, 2005-04-02 p. para 11.3, http://nclm.nic.in/shared/ [35] Banerjee, Sanjay (6 June 2007). linkimages/35.htm, retrieved on "Congress set to rule Goa again". 2007-06-06 indiatimes.com (Times Internet Limited). [22] "Solving the Language Imbroglio". http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/ Navhind Times. articleshow/2101667.cms. Retrieved on http://www.navhindtimes.com/ 2007-08-05. story.php?story=2008083147. Retrieved [36] North Goa District Website, Panaji Goa on 2008-10-15. http://northgoa.nic.in [23] "Konkani:The Tussule over the script". [37] "District-specific Literates and Literacy Navhind Times. Rates, 2001". Education for all in India.


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External links
• • • • Goa travel guide from Wikitravel Distances from Goa to various cities Government of Goa official website Goa at the Open Directory Project

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