Category Archives: Religion

In Goa’s Hindu heartland. The temple of Nagesh, a form of Shiva, has a special cultural and religious significance for Goa‘s Hindus. This is a site of great antiquity, dating to probably circa 7th century AD, and is the only major Goan temple currently in active service that remained unaffected by the trauma of the […]

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Precious heritage. Ganesh Chathurthi 2017 falls on Friday, Aug 25. Festival greetings to all! A 30 mins trek through a forest in the remote village of Caranzol-Sattari in Goa leads to the remarkable sight of a grove sheltering an ancient sculpture of Ganesha along with a Shivalinga and Nandi cheek by jowl. These are most […]

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Parra the Beautiful. With the onset of the monsoons, conditions were just right for this setting last month in Parra, my ancestral village in Goa. My father was born here and our last name derives from it. (It is also the home of the disastrous clown who recently served as India’s Defense Minister.) Note that […]

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