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Explore the History of Goa at the Goa State Museum

The Se cathedral, the Shanta Durga temple, the Mangesh temple, the dudhsagar falls and all other sites that I had visited till date in Goa were all exquisite and one of a kind. Hereafter I wished to take a peep back I time in the history of Goa.

Which other place but the Goa state museum could have served the purpose? Hence we headed to the Goa State Museum which is located in the capital city of Goa i.e. Panaji. The museum lies at the EDC complex in Patto, Panaji and is easily accessible from all parts of the city via public commutes.

Goa State Museum

Goa State Museum | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The museum is open for public from Monday to Saturday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Visitors from all parts of the world as well as researchers and historians visit this museum in large volumes every year. The collection in the museum is not very extensive but is surely diverse enough to cover all the aspects of the rich history of Goa.

Sculpture at the entrance of the Museum

Sculpture at the entrance of the Museum | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The varied collection of entities stored in the state museum of Goa also include some of the ancient bronze sculptures, sculptures related to Jainism and Hinduism, coins and furniture from the Portuguese era. A pair of peculiar ancient lottery machines housed in the museum draw attention of tourists the most. Moreover there is also a contentedly carved chariot kept on display in the museum which is truly unique and precious owing to its style and historic relevance.

The furniture section of the museum is the most interesting. It stores some of the furniture from the time of Portuguese rule in Goa. The most distinctive of all in this segment is an extravagantly carved table with high backed chairs. The legs of this table portray lions carved on them which are a symbol of supremacy of the Portuguese. There is also an eagle carved on one of its side. The other side comprises of four human figures carved on it.

Sculpture Gallery

Sculpture Gallery | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

Christian art galleries

Christian Art Galleries | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

Even the sculpture gallery, the western bronzes gallery, the contemporary gallery and the Christian art galleries of this eminent museum are equally interesting and knowledgeable to take a tour around.

Photo Of The Week : Goa Chitra Museum

Goa Chitra Museum

Goa Chitra Museum | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

Goa Chitra Museum : This place left me understanding the lifestyle of Goa a lot better! The entry fee is rupees 200 per head but it surely worth it because the artefacts, art and other exciting pieces will leave you in awe. You can take your car here as well because there is plenty of parking.

Photo Of The Week : Laxmi Narasimha Temple Goa

Laxmi Narasimha Temple Goa

Laxmi Narasimha Temple Goa | Image Resource : padmanabhpadiyar.com

Laxmi Narasimha Temple Goa : There aren’t many temples in Goa as it is a more Christian based region due to the Portuguese rule. This place is the perfect spot for someone looking to meditate and find peace of mind. There is a 24 hour natural spring here that is a must see! There aren’t any eating places nearby so make sure you go prepared!

Basilica of Bom Jesus: The Roman Catholic Late – Renaissance Structure

The ShriMangesh temple is a marvellous piece of architecture and the calm and spiritual environment of the place is really reviving. We had a very soulful and divine experience at this ancient temple of lord Shiva. The next destination that we visited while in Goa is also a place of sanctity. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the most famous basilicas located in Goa. It is known for its unique architecture that dates back to the year 1950.

Entrance to the Church

Entrance to the Church | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is the most distinctive monument in the sense that it has a very unique architectural style and stores the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The basilica is one of the most revered holy places among the Roman Catholic community around the entire world. The body of this holy saint is preserved in a glass coffin that is stored in the mausoleum of this church.

The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier

The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The construction of sacred place is believed to have started in the year 1594 and it was completed after toil of 11 long years in the year 1605. This elaborate monument holding the architectural elegance of the late – renaissance period is cherished by Goa as one of the most visited tourist attractions. The frontal portico of this monument holds a blend of elements from the Corinthian, Doric and Ionic designs.

Basilica of Bom Jesus

Basilica of Bom Jesus | Image Resource : the-south-asian.com

What makes the church peculiar is that it is the only church in the entire state which is not coated with plaster on the exteriors.An enthusiastic Portuguese preservationiststripped off the plaster from its outer walls in the year 1950 so as to expose the laterite stone out of which the structure is actually made up of to the environment so as to make the church more resistant to climate.

The church is over whelmed with visitors on the 3rd or December every year when the Feast of St.  Francis Xavier is organized here. The gallery of modern art housed in the church is also one of its kinds. The collectibles of contemporary art kept on display in the gallery are really exquisite and awe – inspiring.   We took a tour of the entire structure and then headed back to our hotel to get fresh to visit the next destination on our itinerary list.

A Visit to the Holy Shri Mangesh Temple of Lord Shiva in Goa

We had an awesome time at the Dudhsagar waterfall. The sound of the gushing water still echoes in my ears and I feel so thrilled remembering he cheerful and lively time that we spent there. Hereafter we planned to visit a famous religious site of Goa i.e. the Shri Mangesh temple. It is a renowned holy destination for followers of lord Shiva, the destroyer. Tourists from all parts of the country visit this famous hotspot to pay tribute to the presiding deity.

The temple is located at the apex of a small hill and the lush emerald surroundings that envelope this pristine place of worship add to its charm and popularity among onlookers and tourists. The distinctive white towers constructed at the entrance of the Mangesh temple give it a very majestic feel. The temple is one of the richest and most visited temples in Goa.

The distinctive white towers constructed at the entrance of the Mangesh temple

The distinctive white towers constructed at the entrance of the Mangesh Temple | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

Located at a distance of 22 kilometres from the capital city Panaji and 26 kilometres from Margao the temple is easily commutable via public transport. The temple architecture is exquisite and is a treat to art and history lovers. There is a prominent sculpture of a bull i.e. Nandi which is supposed to be the Vahana or carrier of Lord Shiva according to Hindu mythology.

There is a sprawling courtyard in the premises which is surrounded by a number of buildings which comprise of the main temples and rooms for accommodating pilgrims as well as for organizing weddings.

Shri Mangesh Temple

Shri Mangesh Temple Goa | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The magnificent tank that lies in the temple premises is the most significant and oldest part of this monument. The chandeliers dating back to the 19th century still adorn the temple interiors. Moreover the walls are engraved with figures of lord Shiva in various poses and forms. The SabhaGriha is the meditation hall where devotees of Shiva assemble twice a day to attain solace and blessings of the presiding deity.

The temple depicts the traditional Goan Hindu style of architecture. The view from the top of the hill where this glorious temple is located is enchanting. The view of the sprawling farmlands and gentle breeze that pampers devotees and visitors allure more of tourists to his prominent site.

Photo Of The Week : Anjuna Beach Goa

Anjuna Beach Goa

Anjuna Beach Goa | Image Resource : alltouristattractions.org

Anjuna Beach Goa : This was one of the most crowded beaches in Goa. People of all parts of the world are seen sun bathing or just hanging out on the beach. The wonderful cafes and restaurants serve food at very inexpensive rates. The beach could be a little better maintained and clean but it sure was fun playing beach volleyball here!

Photo Of The Week : Chapora Beach Goa

Chapora Beach Goa

Chapora Beach Goa | Image Resource : alltouristattractions.org

Chapora Beach Goa : This is one of the cleanest beaches I have seen in Goa. It is very well maintained and isn’t crowded like the rest of the beaches. If you are looking to spend some quiet time and watch the sun touch the horizon, there is no better place to be at. This is yet another famous movie making spot!

Photo Of The Week : Immaculate Conception Church Goa

Immaculate Conception Church Goa

Immaculate Conception Church Goa | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

Immaculate Conception Church Goa : Though the church doesn’t have proper shade and could improve the way it handles tourism, this church is surely a must visit. For a movie buff like me, I was amazed to stand where many movie scenes have been shot. You can get a great deal that includes a cruise and a church visit for 200 rupees.

Shantadurga Temple – The Shrine of the Goddess of Amity

Goa is full of places of historic and cultural importance strewn all across the region. We had a lot to explore in the city. The ambience of the Goan culture and lifestyle itself is very alluring and peaceful. Hence we headed towards a very popular place of sanctity in Goa i.e. the Shanta Durga temple located at Kavlem in the Ponda Taluka. The shrine of the goddess of peace is a very famous and holy place of pilgrimage as well as tourism in Goa. The architecture of the temple is awe – inspiring and the environment is very soulful.

Entrance to the Shanta Durga Temple

Entrance to the Shanta Durga Temple | Image Resource : indiamike.com

You can spot the dome of this holy site even from the distant highway that connects Panaji to Margao via Ponda. Apart of the great architecture even the lush green surroundings and majestic hills that fall on the way to the temple serve as a delight to nature lovers. The verdant paddy fields and tall coconut trees adorn the way making it equally beguiling. We all felt so peaceful and relaxed and were quite eager to reach the temple.

Shantadurga Temple

Shantadurga Temple | Image Resource : wikipedia.org

You need to climb a fleet of stairs to reach the main entrance of the temple. There was pin – drop silence in the temple premises nothing but the sound of the rustling of leaves and winds echoed against the walls. It was a truly mesmerising feeling. The Deepastambha is a typical feature of Goan temple architecture which can also be seen in the Shanta Durga temple. The Deepastambha is a lamp tower that has tiny sparkling lamps lit up to welcome visitors and is placed right in front of the presiding deity.

Deepastambha of the Temple

Deepastambha of the Temple | Image Resource : wikipedia.org

The goddess of peace is draped in a nine yard green and purple sari. The dome of this temple is topped with a Gumti that holds a golden Kalash and is the most prominent feature of the place of worship. The entire setting of the temple offers a very historic and mythological feel to visitors. The smell of incense sticks and flowers that are offered to goddess Shanta Durga seem like purifying the entire vicinity. You must visit this ancient temple to have a wonderful and calming experience.

My Air Travel from Kolkata to Goa by IndiGo Airlines

Hello friends. Via this post I will be sharing my experiences of my trip to the beautiful state of Goa. So gear up to be part of the joy ride. I love to travel with my family so I planned a trip to Goa along with my wife and lovely kids. We all were quite excited for the holiday. I prefer luxurious travels so I was looking for air tickets for various airlines that offer direct flights from Kolkata to Goa. The internet booking is a very convenient and time saving alternative for making flight bookings from the comfort of your home or office.

I booked our air tickets on the IndiGo airways as I had already travelled on the flights of this brand a couple of times and had a really comfortable experience.  So I booked our air tickets via IndiGo Airlines online booking facility. We boarded the flight from the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose airport in Kolkata and reached the Dabolim Airport in Goa. The travel was quite entertaining and both my kids were quite happy and eager to reach the destination.

IndiGo Airlines

IndiGo Airlines | Image Resource : livemint.com

There are as many as 19 weekly flights that connect Kolkata to Goa. So you have got ample of options to choose from. The first of the Kolkata Goa flights takes off at 8:10 am and you can catch the last flight that operates between these destinations at 9:30 am. For online flight booking you should be aware of the airport codes of Kolkata airport and the Goa airport. CCU is the airport code for Kolkata and that for the Goa airport is GOI.

Dabolim Airport in Goa

Dabolim Airport in Goa | Image Resource : thegoavilla.com

Apart from IndiGo airlines other budget airlines also operate between the two prominent destinations so you can choose the flight timings and brand according to your convenience. We had quite an awesome time on – board. It is always good to spend some quality time with family. I had already booked the O hotel in Goa via online hotel booking. I like to plan everything in advance to avoid last minute haste. Finally we reached the Dabolim airport in Goa in a matter of few hours where a cab was waiting for us to take us to our hotel.

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