Mapusa ( mhapxem [mʱaːpʃɛ̃ː]; [mʱaːpsaː]) is a town in North
Goa, India. It is situated 13 km north of the capital Panaji. The
town is the headquarters of
Bardez Taluka. It is located on the main
highway NH-17, linking
Mumbai to Kochi. In Portuguese the town's name
is spelt Mapuçá.
7 Famous people from Mapusa
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Mapusa is a small town clustered around the Mount (Alto). The name
Mapusa is thought to be derived from the Konkani word for a 'measure'
- 'map' and the phrase fill up - 'sa'. Ancient Goan agrarian community
had a well established Gaunkari or Community Farming System, where
villages formed associations, worked on community land and shared
profits. Market day was a major event, with goods brought in from
every district to one central area.
Mapusa has thus remained a
prominent market center for many centuries.
Aerial View Of Mapusa
Mapusa is located at 15°36′N 73°49′E / 15.60°N
73.82°E / 15.60; 73.82. It has an average elevation of
15 metres (49 feet).It lies on the banks of
Mapusa has a tropical climate with temperatures ranging from a high of
37 °C in summer with high levels of humidity to a low of
21 °C in winters.
As of 2011[update]
Mapusa had a population of 40,487.
Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%.
Mapusa has an
average literacy rate of 76%, higher than the national average of
74.04%: male literacy is 80%, and female literacy is 73%. In Mapusa,
11% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Mapusa vendor selling vegetables
Mapusa is close to one of the main centres of Goa's tourism industry.
Mapusa's proximity to many beaches in the north
Goa makes it a
suitable base during the tourist season (November to April). Because
it is a mainly commercial town (for locals) with a large resident
Mapusa has only a limited number of hotels and
A street in Mapusa
Mapusa comes alive on Friday, the traditional market day also known as
Mapusa Friday Market. People from surrounding villages and towns come
Mapusa to sell their wares. This fair has a lot of local flavour
(unlike some other tourist-oriented fairs or markets) and specialises
in agricultural produce, vegetables, locally-grown fruit, spices,
clothes and even plants (mainly during the monsoon planting season).
Every Friday, the
Mapusa Market bulges at the seams, with seemingly
every square inch of space occupied by sellers with only just enough
room for the prospective buyers, the alleys between the regular stalls
being occupied with temporary mats and boards. From lottery tickets
displayed in great swathes to barber shops, the bazaar caters for
almost every requirement imaginable. There is the fish street, dried
fish of all possible varieties and whole fresh fish from baby shark
and squid to the ubiquitous bangda (mackerel). Fresh fruit and
vegetables are gathered together and beautifully displayed, from huge
sweet potatoes, and pumpkins and the local shiny red brown Moira
bananas to the tiny fresh beans and other pulses.
Mapusa houses several prominent Goan educational institutions,
including Saraswat Vidyalaya, St. Mary's Convent High School, St.
Britto's High School, New
Goa High School, St. Antony's High School,
Mapusa High School, Dyanprasarak High School, Shree Ganesh Vidya
Mandir, DMC Higher Secondary and college of Art, Science and Commerce,
St. Xavier's College, and St. Xavier's Higher Secondary School, Agnel
Institute of Technical Education (Engg College).
Shree Dev Bodgeshwer
Colonial Era Municipal Building Mapusa
Milagres Church Mapusa
Verla-Canca Saibaba Temple located outside Mapusa
Mapusa, however, does not have too many tourist sites. There are a few
colonial era Municipal building on the Altinho hill, it is a fairly
small town with mostly modern building spread around the slopes of a
small hillock called Altinho.
The most famous shrine Shree Dev Bodgeshwar Sansthan of Lord
Bodgeshwar, located on the outskirts of the town in the middle of some
rice fields, which is beautifully lit up at night and draws thousands
of devotees for its annual Jatra.
Church of Our Lady of Miracles, founded in 1594 and rebuilt several
times since, the Church (also known as St Jerome’s), around 600m
east of the Municipal Gardens, is famous more for its annual festival
than for its architecture. It was built by the Portuguese on the site
of an old Hindu temple, and thus the Hindu community still holds the
site as sacred. On the sixteenth day after Easter, the church’s
annual feast day is celebrated here by both Hindus and Christians –
one of the best examples of the way in which Hinduism and Christianity
often coexist merrily in Goa.
Maruti Temple, in the centre of town, the small, pastel- coloured
Maruti temple was built in the 1840s at a site where
covertly worshipped during more oppressive periods of Portuguese rule.
After temples had been destroyed by the Portuguese, devotees placed a
Hanuman at the fireworks shop that stood here, and arrived
cloaked in secrecy to perform pujas (prayers). In April 1843 the
picture was replaced by a silver idol and an increasing number of
worshippers began to gather here. Eventually the business community of
Mapusa gathered enough funds to acquire the shop, and the temple was
built in its place. The intricate carvings at the doorway of the
temple are the work of local artisans.
Famous people from Mapusa
Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa, Former Minister of Defence of
Late Bhausaheb Bandodkar, 1st Chief Minister of Goa
Francis Dsouza, Deputy Chief Ministers of Goa
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Census Commission of India.
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