Mapusa is likely one of the 4 main cities of Goa. It’s the buying and selling hub of North Goa because the olden days. Individuals of Goa nonetheless rave in regards to the Mapusa market. Even the title of Mapusa comes from the marketplace that’s its identification.
Mapusa is to North Goa is what Madgaon is to South Goa – a metropolis surrounded by villages. Panjim got here a lot later within the timeline of Goa and within the lives of Goans.
Mapusa comes from the phrase – Maap or to measure. What generally is a extra apt title for a spot finest recognized for the commerce? In a lighter vein, individuals name it Maha Piche, which means the city of Massive Mad individuals.
Each Friday, individuals head to the Mapusa marketplace for their procuring. Though, as of late, the market is kind of the identical on all days. Individuals nonetheless affiliate it with the Friday, the day conventional market was held within the city. So, daily of the week, a distinct village would have the market.
Traditionally talking, the Mapusa market as we see it immediately, got here up solely in 1960, a 12 months earlier than the Goan liberation in 1961. It was the primary deliberate and designed market place in Goa, type of like a shopping center of its period. With open areas between lanes of outlets, it was designed to permit the unloading and loading of merchandise. Some historians additionally say it was meant to permit the police to patrol the market. Retailers have a pillared hall working in entrance of them.
The plan included completely different lanes for various trades say Jewelers in a single lane, garments retailers in one other, and so on. The final lane was meant for fish, the product you can decide up in the long run earlier than you head again residence.
A Shakuntala sculpture stands as a fountain out there sq.. We all know Shakuntala lived in Kanvarshram in Uttarakhand and has no recognized connection to Goa. Ask round, and you might discover a solution.
You possibly can nonetheless purchase a whole lot of recent merchandise that come from distant villages to this market. With time, in fact, the merchants promote regardless of the patrons need, together with the Chinese language merchandise.
Don’t miss the baker’s platform out there. That is the place the bakers include their freshly baked Pois, Kankanas and different loaves of bread to promote. You possibly can watch the patrons selecting their bread and bakers swiftly wrapping it within the newspaper.
Potters of Goa are a star attraction of the market.
The bottom of the market belongs to Bananas and baskets. Cane basket weavers are usually girls who include issues like baskets, small pouches, and hand followers. A set of two baskets, a handbag, and a fan is used within the weddings for gifting to the bride. Our information mentioned this craft has survived due to the ritual use of those baskets.
Earlier than 1960, the outdated market was within the lanes subsequent to the present market. The world is now known as Angod – that comes from Kannada phrase Angadi or Store/Market. When you have a look at the addresses on the boards, you’ll discover this phrase.
The gram Devi of Mapusa is Shantadurga. She now lives in Dhargalim, some 14 KMs away, throughout the Chapora River. In the course of the Goan Inquisition, she was moved from the village. Nevertheless, she continues to be handled because the presiding deity of Mapusa.
Individuals of the city would nonetheless go to her earlier than beginning something new or any essential factor of their lives. Even festivals like Holi first begin within the temple in Dhargalim after which are celebrated within the city.
In one of many homes reverse the outdated bus stand, you possibly can see a small Shantadurga temple, the place she was briefly saved throughout her transfer. After I visited the temple was closed, however it may be visited it appears.
four deities in 4 instructions, known as Rashtroli, sit on the limits of Mapusa city. Within the south, it’s the well-known Bodgeshwar Temple. Individuals used to hope to them earlier than beginning their journeys outdoors the city.
As you strategy the market or bus stand, there’s a vivid saffron shade temple you can not miss. That is the well-known Hanuman temple of the city. The presiding deity right here is Dakshinamukhi Maruti because it faces the southern route.
The temple was a store about 200 years in the past. The proprietor was a Hanuman devotee, who introduced a sandalwood picture of Hanuman and saved it within the store. For the reason that store confronted south, so did the deity. When he prayed, individuals beginning becoming a member of him. The next elevated and the store made manner for the temple.
Mapusa and the Freedom Motion
Sudhatai Joshi, one of many freedom fighters of Goa got here to Mapusa to handle a gathering. She was arrested right here, fined and imprisoned for a number of years for saying ‘Jai Hind’. Learn extra about it on this FB Web page.
Mukund Pundalik Kamat Dhakankar was deported to Angola when he and his colleagues tried to loot the financial institution and the police station within the city. A highway within the city is called after him. He was associated to the Goa’s CM Manohar Parrikar.
A plaque subsequent to the Maruti temple commemorates the names of the martyrs of Bardez, of which the city is a component.
Chacha Nehru Park
A babies’s park reverse the Maruti temple is finest recognized for an elephant slide in gray shade. Apparently, the locals needed to battle to maintain this elephant intact.
Library – Stroll forward from the Maruti temple until you see one other vivid yellow Laxmi Narayan temple.
You’ll move by an outdated library, that has moved a little bit forward. I seen a whole lot of tailors and style studios. A pharmacy in inexperienced appears was very well-known in Mapusa. Dwelling-based docs have been well-known and a few of them nonetheless appear to be in observe.
Shut it’s a small island surrounded by white partitions with an Ambedkar statue standing within the center. This was the outdated bus stand. Nicely, buses got here a lot later, however Tongas or bullock carts used to take individuals from city to the Siolim or Dharghil. After that, if you might want to go additional, you stroll.
Near that is Attai Library, named after Father Attai, who was not a priest however a philanthropist.
A small vivid white chapel stands in the midst of the outdated city. Nobody actually is aware of why it’s known as the Swiss Chapel. Finest guess is that there’s some trace of swiss structure.
A bit forward there may be defunct Alankar theater, with the poster of Bahubali, the final movie that was display right here, nonetheless intact. Outdoors it’s small shack-like outlets, that open round 7 PM and that’s when this place is buzzing with life. That is Goa’s or the city’s very personal evening avenue meals market. Bappa stall will get its fame from the truth that CM Parrikar used to go to this stall repeatedly and even have some occasion conferences right here. The place is thought for its shakes.
Stroll round and you’ll some beautiful colourful home and a few crumbling ones in laterite. A colourful wall with a small gap in it serves a necessity when all the things else is closed.
The place to Eat
Babaji Café – Proper Subsequent to Maruti temple. Limsi – a lemonade made with mint taste could be very well-known right here. It’s a go-to place for younger individuals within the city.
Vrindavan – As soon as upon a time, this was the primary restaurant to get an Idli maker, and that made it well-known. Apparently, individuals used to come back right here to see how Idli maker seems to be like. Fame as soon as gained tends to stick with you.
Le Jardine – As soon as upon a time a giant restaurant within the city.
Mapusa is nicely linked with Panjim and Margao by public transport.
There are sufficient eateries across the metropolis to eat, a few of them are listed above.
You can even discover villages like Moira, Aldona, Assagao, and Anjuna round.
There are inns like GTDC operated Mapusa residency to remain.
Mapusa market is most visited on Friday and is usually known as Friday Market. Although as of late, it’s as vibrant on different days too.