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Panjim is one of the best planned cities in the country, with a neat network of main avenues and connecting roads, a sewerage system, gardens and excellent Indo-Portuguese architecture. Panjim is a microcosm of Goa with a river and the Arabian Sea lapping at its feet, Khazan and salt pan lands which have now turned into the bus terminus and Patto Plaza the corporate district of Goa., from the salt pans to the coconut groves and Panjim rises up in an extremely picturesque manner to its hilltop at Altinho.

Panjim was originally a small fishing village with lots of coconut groves between creeks and fields. This capital city was a ward of Taleigao village. It so enamoured Adil Shah that he built his summer palace surrounded by a moat which was later filled up by the Portuguese when they came in to power and left Old Goa with its pestilence and disease to build a new city or Nova Goa as Panjim was called. But it was only during the early 19 th century that the city was enlarged, public sewerage, tree-lined avenues, gardens and ornamental park benches etc. The city was elevated to the status of city and became the capital of Goa by a royal decree and was known as Nova Goa.

The magnificent edifices of Old Goa were dismantled and the stones were reused to build smaller but very elegant houses for the people of Panjim and sturdy but again, elegant government buildings. Panjim with its broad tree lined avenues, gardens and beautiful buildings earned her the sobriquet, “Princess of the Mandovi”.

But all things must end, especially those who had to protect this beautiful city from the ravages of time. After Liberation the buildings of Panjim, began to lose their sparkle as those entrusted with their maintenance allowed the city to go to wrack and ruin.

Now Panjimites realize the value of its heritage and the Goa Heritage Action Group has been in the forefront of restoring Panjim to its earlier glory.

Architect Raya Shankwalker has taken photographs of some of Panjim’s old structures which have been renovated. His photographs prove that sometimes city fathers and city people can come together to bring a city to life. Raya too has played a large part in the beautification of Panjim city.

Goa Statistics

Co-ordinates: 15o29’35’’N 73o49’05’’E / 15.493oN 73.818oE

Area: 3702 km2

Capital: Panaji

Official language: Konkani

Altitude: sea level up to 1022 mts

Climate: max 36oC, min 17oC

Annual rainfall: 300 cms (average)

Population: 13, 43,998

Population density: 363/km2

Literacy rate: 82.32%

Time zone: IST (UTC+5.30)

Districts: 2

Established: 30th may 1987

 
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Abbe de Faria

(Jose Custodio de Faria – L’Abbe Faria) -- Prajal Sakhardande

Hailing from the Goan village of Candolim, in Bardez Taluka, Abade Faria was born on 30 th May 1756. Studying in Rome, as a priest, his original name was Fr. Jose Custodio de Faria. He played an important part by providing spiritual leadership, in the historically famed “Conspiracy of the Pinto’s”, in 1787 (the revolt of the Goan priests against the Portuguese regime).
He took active part in the French Revolution in 1789. While in France he became a Professor of Philosophy, and dedicated himself to the study of Hypnotism.
Excelling in this art, he was hailed as the “Father of Hypnotism”, throughout the world. He died on 20 th September 1819, at Paris.
The present day statue of Abade Faria was inaugurated on 20 th September 1945, during the Portuguese rule over Goa. The Sculpture was carved by another great Goan, Sculptor Ramchandra Pandurang Kamat

Inscription on the Statue

South side:
East side: North side: West Side:
OMANAGEM DOS SEUS
CONCIDADAOS
FOI INAUGURADO ESTE
MONUMENTO
EM 20 DE SETEMBRO DE 1945
ESTE PEDESTAL
FOI ERIGIDO
PELO ALTO COMERCIO
DAS
CIDADE DE GOA
JOSE CUSTODIO FARIA
(ABADE FARIA)
FUNDADOR DA DOUTRINA
E
METODO DA HIPNOSE PELA
SUGESTAO
NASCIDO EM CANDOLIM DE BARDEZ
AOS
31DE MAIO DE 1756
E
FALECIDO EN PARIS AOS
20 DE SETEMBRO DE 1819
(Below this, in Marathi)
Deshbandhavakadun punyasmaranarth
anavaran 20 September 1945
 
(Below this in Marathi)
ha chouthura pramukh
gomantakiya varista vyapar mandalikadun
bandhnyat ala.
   

COMPILED BY:- SANJEEV V. SARDESAI – sanscritic@sify.com


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