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Fort Tiracol – Beautiful view of enchanting gun-enclosures and the vast sea

Fort Tiracol – Beautiful view of enchanting gun-enclosures and the vast sea

Fort Tiracol – Beautiful view of enchanting gun-enclosures and the vast sea.

 

Goa, being a famous destination with tourists, both Indian as well as foreigners, has a lot to offer.  Not just in terms of its beaches, but its vast patches of greenery too. Living in Goa, I decided to make the most of it by visiting the places which are frequently visited by tourists and also the ones which are not.

During the first week of October, we went to one such place in Goa which is not visited much by tourists and that is Fort Tiracol.

Eva at Fort Tiracol

This Fort has a lot of history attached to it. It was built in the 17th century by Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhonsle, the Raja of Sawantwadi. It is built on a a hillock on the Northern bank of the river, which gives an amazing view of the Arabian sea. It is known that the Bhonsles of Sawantwadi kept a sizeable fleet of native vessels which sheltered in the Tiracol River. The fort initially consisted of 12 guns, a barrack and a chapel.

 

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Tiracol Fort

The Fort was invaded by the Portuguese, who rebuilt it again in 1764 AD for the defense of Goa. Later, in 1961, the fort was used as a ground for freedom fighters during the liberation of Goa. Later, the fort was converted into a heritage hotel providing beautiful views of enchanting gun-enclosures and the vast sea. Presently, the Heritage Hotel does not function any more though. The lease of the hotel was discontinued as the Goan government wants the heritage of the fort to be experienced by tourists.

Reaching the Fort is the most interesting part. Since, we started from South Goa; it took us nearly two and a half hours to reach the fort including a stop to Nossa Senhora da Penha de Franca- a church which was being renovated.

We crossed the beach stretch of Ashvem, Arambol and Morjim to reach Keri Village. There are two ways to reach Tiracol. A) By taking a ferry to cross the river and reach the other side and B) By taking the bridge which takes you to the border of Maharashtra.

 

 

When we reached the ferry point at Keri beach, the ferry was on the other side of the river. On inquiring with the locals, we came to know that the ferry would take at least 30 minutes. So we decided to take the bridge which took us to the border village of Sawantwadi, Maharashtra. From there it’s a 10 minute drive to Tiracol. Even though we had to enter through Maharashtra, the area where the Fort is situated is in Goa. Due to the invasion of the Fort by the Portuguese, the area of the Fort remains in Goa. Before we reached the Fort we came across police at the border check post who checked our vehicle. They spoke to us in Marathi and did video recording of the vehicle and the group. All of which is a normal routine at the check post I think.

 

 

The Fort is small and well maintained. It has a small chapel and a statue of Jesus Christ facing the Chapel. On reaching the top we could see Keri beach and the Arabian Sea. The view was breathtaking and we did not waste any time in taking group pictures and selfies :)

Fort Tiracol view from Keri Beach – Seville Fernandes

 

 

 The fort walls are painted yellow, probably by the Hotel management. The area was quite clean and we also spotted a few monkeys jumping on nearby trees. It was quite peaceful when we reached the Fort probably because there were hardly any tourists. There was not much to see apart from the Fort so we wrapped our visit pretty early.

While returning we took the ferry to cross the river and had some chai and bhajjis at a local stall on the river bank. Overall it was a fun trip and a must visit if you enjoy a good picturesque drive.

 

 

 

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Aguada Fort – Spellbinding beauty

Aguada Fort – Spellbinding beauty

AGUADA FORT

BEHIND ALL THE HISTORY OF WARS AT A FORT, THERE IS A SPELLBINDING BEAUTY.

Standing on one of Asias oldest 4 storey lighthouse, you breathe in the tangy salt air, bask in the sun and drink in the entire pleasant view from atop. Try as you may, one cannot suppress the tingle of excitement at being at the same spot history took place 300 years ago.

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Aguada fort is located 18 km from Panjim and roughly 52 km away from margao. Hard to miss, the 17th century Portuguese fort stands on the Sinquerim beach, overlooking the Arabian Sea, manages to envelope the entire peninsula at the south western tip of Bardez.  A freshwater spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that used to stop by. That is how it got its name: aguada means water. This fort served several other purposes. It has a capacity of storing 2376000 gallons of water, one of the biggest freshwater storages of the time in the whole of asia. This fort is divided in two segments: the upper part acted as a fort and watering station, while the lower part acted as a safe berth for the portuguese ships. Whereas, the upper part has a moat, an underground water storage chamber, gun powder room, lighthouse and bastions, it also has a secret passage to use during the time of war and emergency. The fort built at the mouth of the river mandovi, it was strategically located and was the chief defense of the portuguese against the dutch and marathas, capacitating around 79 cannons! Fascination for so large a fort would be an understatement.

Now, the lower part of the fort is the central jail of Goa and is used to imprison criminals connected with narcotic activities and this area is off limits for the people. Unless, you hire one of the many motor boats to go to the dolphin point, can see the central jail from the corners here, as you excitedly wait for the dolphins to emerge up the surface of the sea water. Also a little tidbit, the fort plays a crucial role in one of the movie scenes in dil chahta hai by  farhan akhtar.

Your stay is the least of your worries. Fort Aguada beach resort, the 5 star rated hotel, owned by the tatas will cater to your every need and pamper you. It is composed of a number of villas and cottages, just yours for the picking. In addition to water sport, there are recreational facilities for tennis, squash and mountaineering.

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If that is too expensive for your taste, one of the many hotels in Candolim will surely be accommodating. Plus you can literally put to use, the ‘shop till you drop’ phrase while you’re staying there.

Aguada fort seems like the perfect destination for a bright evening. The view from climbing up the spiral staircase, up the lighthouse, is ecstatic. It is one of the finest beauties we Goans can boast about. Here you will see families, friends, couples visiting this place, because no one can escape its enchanting beauty and has to give way to temptation to visit the place all over again.

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Reis Magos Fort

Reis Magos Fort

REIS MAGOS FORT

All you did in your last couple of visits to Goa was join the rest of the crowd and visit all the commercialized places and this time would like to do some sight seeing of your own? Well, we have the perfect place picked out for you. Two famous structures- Reis Magos fort and Reis Magos church.

There is just so much history to absorb and dwell upon. The fort was erected in 1551, located on the northern bank of the Mandovi river in Goa, gazing the capital city of Panjim. It is a place easy to reach, from the Panjim bus stand, take a cab. You can either cross the bridge and take a left or take a ferry and at the Verem bazaar, a turning past a hindu shrine will take you to your destination.

Reis Magos Fort Goa

This fort stands on the north bank of Mandovi at Reis Magos and is very much visible from the Panjim side of the Mandovi  river. It was used as a residence for viceroys and dignitaries newly arrived from Lisbon. It was then converted into a fortress to be protected against the hindu Marathas, who were never able to take it. Don Luis de Ataide gained fame from all over Portuguese for his spirited defense of the colony of goa, with just a force of 700 men, he managed to keep at bay 10000 muslim attackers supported by 200 elephants for 10 long months. It was subsequently abondened by the military and served as a prison until 1993. Restoration of the fort has begun since 2008 where some of the canons that were used are present. More information is given at the fort.

If all this history isn’t dizzying enough, at the base of the fort, rises the church of Reis Magos, ascended by a beautiful flights of stairs. Reis Magos symbolizes the ‘magi kings’ i.e. the three wise men. History has it that historians have found evidence to0 support the fact that the church was built on ruins of an old hindu temple. Two typical symbols of the hindu vijayanagar temple architecture- bas- relief lion figures can be seen on the flanks, at the start of the steps going up to the church.

This just keeps getting interesting, more history to soak in, not long after its construction, the church and the seminary became a well established site for learning and its prominence can be gauged form the fact that the portuguese royal coat of arms imprinted below the crucifix at the top of the gable. Two of goa’s former viceroys are buried here, their tombstone inscriptions in portuguese and latin. Within the church restored in 1771, a dominant feature is a polychromed wooden panel of 3 gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh offered to infant jesus seated on a kneeling mother mary. It is truly a majestic sight.

The church is on of the three places in goa where the unique feast of the three wise men is held. On 6th of january, reis magos comes alive with the festa dos reis magos, when the story of the three kings is re-enacted by the youth. The locals celebrate the journey of the three kings who went to worship the holy infant child with a procession which starts from the church and goes around the village.

Once you are done with all this history and sight-seeing, you can sit on the other side of the road, on the sand or rocks that are scattered and gaze at the Panjim city across the river with all its rush while you sit calmly in this peaceful place and think about all the history, the battles, the victories, the religion, the traditions. If all this is too much to absorb, towards the far east is a spring where you cand cool off. Later, you can head for lunch or dinner to ‘terry’s’, that is situated at the ferry, an excellent restaurant that caters to your taste buds. And if you are done with the peace and quiet, you can head towards Calangute or Candolim, a part of Goa which is more alive.

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Pilar

Pilar

Pilar – Goa

Pilar is a Spanish name for a Goan village.Every year on October 12, the feast of our Lady of Pilar is celebrated in the Pilar Monastery, Goa. On the eve of the feast, there is a devout procession of the statue of Our Lady of Pilar, presently from Fr Agnel Apostolic School, Batim to the Pilar Seminary. Pilar, a silent hillock on the banks of the oldest port near Goa Velha, gets its name from the Patroness of the Monastery Our Lady of Pilar. Pilar in Spanish means pillar.

Fr Cosme Costa, professor of Church History at Pilar Theological College, stated that, the procession of Our Lady of Pilar, started by Fr Conceicao Rodrigues, a Pilar priest in 1948, was part of the spiritual journeying by the people of neighbouring parishes. From all neighbouring parishes, people carrying the statue of Our Lady of Pilar were walking to Pilar with a spirit of prayer and penance.

The present statue that is carried for the procession was brought from Spain in 1961. Before that, even the main statue was taken down and carried in procession, recalls Fr Alexio Gracias, a diocesan judge for marriage in the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman, who had completed his novitiate in Pilar in 1951.

 

Pilar Monastery was built by the Reformed Franciscan Recollects (Capuchos) of the Custody of the Mother of God in 1613. In 1633, a University of Science, Arts and Theology, based on European system was established in the precincts of the Pilar Monastery. The Pilar Monastery will complete 400 years in July 2013.

The patroness of the monastery is Our Lady of Pilar

Pilar

 

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Basilica of Bom Jesus

Basilica of Bom Jesus

Basilica of Bom Jesus

 

The Basilica of Bom Jesus or Borea Jezuchi Bajilika (Portuguese: Basilica do Bom Jesus) is located in Goa, India, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The church is located in Old Goa, which was the capital of Goa in the early days of Portuguese rule.Construction work on the church began in 1594 and the church was consecrated in May 1605 by the archbishop, Dom Fr. Aleixo de Menezes. This world heritage monument has emerged as a landmark in the history of Christianity. It contains the body of St. Francis Xavier, a very close friend of St.Ignatius Loyola with whom he founded the Society of Jesus, the (Jesuits). Francis Xavier died on Sancian Island while enroute to continental China on (December 2, 1552).

The body of Francis Xavier was first taken to Malacca and two years later shipped back to Goa.It is said that the saints body was as fresh as the day it was buried. The remains of the saint attract a huge number of devotees (Christian and non-Christian alike) from all over the world especially during the public viewing of his body every ten years (last held in 2004) . The saint is said to have miraculous powers of healing.

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