In most ways Nagesh Temple is similar to those we visited earlier. After dinner, I thought I was ready to retire for the day. Goa is a secular state with numerous religions being practiced freely. 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It is also a land of devotion, where God's temples are meticulously cared for by local families, festivals are vigorously celebrated and the population's Hindu faith is so ardent that centuries of proselytizing and oppression could not subdue it. Swamiji told me some of the resident brahmacharis and priests love their priestly craft so deeply that they follow a tradition, quite old in Goa, of branding holy symbols on their skin. As per census 2011, Hindu are majority in Goa state. Crossing the threshold of the main gate, I felt transported hundreds of years back in time. It was high noon by the time we received darshan of Sri Mangeshi, the main Deity. Loud pop music boomed from the restaurants located on the beach. Most Goan temples have strict dress codes, due to the overwhelming number of tourists. Today there are as few as 700 Catholic priests in Goa. Every village has a gramadevata, to whom the villagers are passionately devoted. Historians say the early Portuguese played on the strict mentality of the Goans, using their prejudices against them. Tourism is the primary industry; twelve percent of India's foreign tourists arrive here. It’s been built with chiro, Goa’s natural laterite soil, the chairs in the lobby are old-style Goan and an alcove has both Hindu deities and a statue of Mary. "Goa, even four decades after liberation, is misguidedly projected as the Rome of the East, particularly in tourism - by government and non-government agencies. The Sri Mangeshi Temple is built in typical Goan style, blending Indian and Portuguese influences in unexpected harmony. In contrast, Hindu temples are flourishing. Locality/village: Tambdi Surla : State: Goa: Deity: Lord Shiva Has an authentic form of the Sanatana Dharma survived? Chandrakant Keni, a leading Goan poet, says that although Goa's Hindus were put to severe tests as conquerors marched over their lands, they had the resilience to convert "temporary setbacks into permanent victories.". This view was endorsed by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, which during a conclave held here in 2000, released a six-page brochure on the subject. In following our journalist's footsteps there, those stereotypes may have to be discarded. This system has been there for ages." Three huge wooden chariots, about 22 feet high, carried the utsava murtis of Lord Rama and His family. Goa has just 1,429 square miles, slightly less than America's smallest state, Rhode Island. This beautiful practice of communicating with God thorough flowers is so highly regarded that even many Catholics attend it, giving large donations to Lord Damodar. As nadasvarams started blaring, a contagious excitement ran though the crowd of devotees, myself included. "Our math was founded 550 years ago," explains Anil Pai, a trustee of Partagal Math. This is a most unusual temple, for here the ancient art of kaul prasad is practiced by the priests. Bhajan, kirtan and natak (drama) are popular here, and Goa has produced many famous Indian classical singers, including Bollywood's sister duo, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle. We were impressed with the modernity of his office, with a fast internet connection and television monitors covering almost every important area of the temple. If their questions are not properly answered, they will avoid our dharma; but without Hindu dharma, they are bound to problematic lives." As the warm Goa evening progressed, I joined thousands of others in taking a turn pulling Lord Rama's chariot, shouldering one of the long, massive ropes. I traveled to Goa with my wife Renu. Those who received these items immediately shared their blessings with others, cutting the fruit and giving away extra coins. The place was crowded. Far into the night, devotees continued pouring in, arriving for the next day's festivities. Three dead after tempo falls into gorge along Mumbai-Goa highway - The Hindu Three people were killed and 67 were suspected to have sustained injuries after … Share. I could not agree more. Whatever is given to them directly is theirs. ", According to Venkatesh Naik Gaonkar, it was the leadership of the local maths that enabled Hinduism in Goa to withstand the turbulence of colonial years. The nadasvaram players were still going strong, but I could also hear Vedic mantras once again being chanted. The Portuguese enforced a colonial stranglehold that would last until December 12, 1961, when the Indian army--despite protests from Portugal and most of the international community--completed a successful three-day operation to rescue what would become India's smallest state. Category:Hinduism in Goa. The Sri Mangeshi temple campus has several blocks of residential quarters allotted to devotees. We arrived at Kavale Math to find the place quiet, serene and peaceful. Almost all the present-day Goan Catholicsare descendants of these local converts to the religion. Some of the devotee families I spoke with had come from as far as New Delhi and Mumbai. A nondescript wooden pole alongside a major road, in a populous area, is an awful token of those times. When he left Goa, these brahmins became the sole lords of the land, to care for it into eternity. This powerful form of divination uses flower petals from a sacred tree in the temple compound to interpret intimations from the Gods. Around 353 years back we started celebrating Ramanavami in a particular way, a pattern we have followed ever since. These two maths represent different philosophies, but they work in absolute harmony with each other.". The top flower is called mukut, and adjacent to it is called trikut. Shanta Durga Temple at the foothill of Kavalem village in Ponda Taluka is … Roman Catholic was very common during the rule of Portuguese. There is no government interference here. Hinduism is the dominant religion in Goa. There also exists a Chapel of Our Lady of Health in the said property wherein Catholic religious ceremonies like the holy Mass, litanies and rosaries take place on a regular basis. Blessed by His darshan, feeling uplifted and buoyant, we stepped out of the temple to a festive scene. Waving and blessing the crowd, they seemed to bask in the devout happiness of the thousands present. Shrines across the territory were plundered, temples were closed and Hindus were even tortured and killed for failure to convert. From the sabhagriha one reaches the sacred garbhagriha, wherein resides the murti of Lord Mangeshi. I was mistaken. Language was no barrier; though most Goans speak Konkani, English is widely used, and the locals are quick to smile and offer help. Access to the innermost areas of the temple is usually restricted to GSB family members. Many churches were built in Renaissance styled architecture in Goa. You can also fi… Hinduism, major world religion originating on the Indian subcontinent and comprising several and varied systems of philosophy, belief, and ritual. While the temple administrators are responsible for quotidian matters, spiritual decisions come from the guru of the math that oversees that temple. These twenty-four GSB families have exclusive rights. The words Auto da fé reverberated throughout Goa, reminiscent of the furies of Hell, which concept, incidentally does not exist in the Hindu pantheon. "This tradition has been here since the time of the grandparents of our grandparents. Alexander Henn’s Hindu-Catholic Encounters in Goa stands in this scholarly trajectory, and contributes significantly to it. The BJP has strong links to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a militant Hindu nationalist organization. Gopal Das, a local member of the Bharat Sevashram Sangha (see July/August/September 2011 edition of Hinduism Today), generously offered to be our guide. Catholic Standard I had never seen something like this in my life, anywhere. GSB members especially are expected to dress impeccably when visiting God, and they oblige. By tradition, most Hindu holy men are interred rather than cremated, their mortal remains blessing the world. This is a svayambhu (self manifested) shrine of Siva Shankara Nagesh, known for its miraculous powers. Catholics come to yatras and Hindus drop by processions. Catholic TV. Several court documents describe the procedure for administrating an oath. Known for its excellent beaches and legendary nightlife, perhaps Goa is the best place to celebrate Christmas in India.… Sikhism was founded by Guru Nanak as a principle, however, Guru Govind Singh made it a clan fighting for the motherland and self-respect. The need of the hour, for Goa and the world, I think, is to have religions led by tolerant and good people," said the calm priest, whose life is rich with blessings due to his service of Sri Mangeshi Siva. They constitute the largest Christian community in Goa and account for 25 per cent of the total … In 1532, however, the tactics became more forceful. Only those belonging to Mahajana families can enter the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and perform pujas personally. Jessyl Fernandez April 6, 2018. A knowledgeable priest can infer a lot from the dropping of the flowers. Kavale Math also runs a Smarta pathashala, a training school of priests. Bleach-white churches, fancy villas, cobbled streets and interesting buildings give Panaji a European feel. Surfeited with bliss from our many days at Goa's temples and maths, we finally recalled that we were in the land of beautiful beaches and leisure time. Within a few hours I was convinced he is a modern-day Hindu saint, immersed in bhakti most of his waking hours. The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM बाण मार दूंगा l. 23 days ago. Two senior British women hesitantly approached the temple and asked if they would be allowed to offer flowers to the Goddess. The Shri Mahalasa Narayani Temple at Mardol, in South Goa, is a Vaishnava sanctuary. On Lord Rama's chariot the head of the math and a bevy of priests performed an elaborate puja, with flowers abounding. It seems to serve a purpose similar to a South Indian gopuram (temple entrance tower), its several stories evoking higher realms of existence and the denizens of those planes, devas and Gods who, like us, come to commune at the temple. In this case, heresy was to practice a faith other than Christianity. DeSales Media Group in the Diocese of Brooklyn There, on a hillock near Priol surrounded by green hills, lies a temple dedicated to Lord Mangeshi, a form of Lord Siva. The sense of caste and purity is keenly upheld in Goa--to a fault. The Hindus of Goa were one of the most affected by the inquisition. "Basically, all Gods here are Siva, Lakshmi, Durga and Kali, in many forms familiar to the locals and under different names." Reading the flowers is like an encyclopedia, full of details and difficult for the inexperienced to understand. In 1540, the Portuguese demolished all our temples located in the old conquest area; even the British did not damage our religion elsewhere in India the way the Portuguese did here in Goa. We have made a police complaint the same day, but no First Information Report [the FIR is the first step of a criminal investigation in India] has been registered to date,” Alvares said. In 1567, the captain of Rachal Fort in South Goa bragged to his Portuguese king back home, "For nights and nights we went on demolishing, demolishing, demolishing 280 Hindu temples. This oft-repeated story empowers modern-day Goans, strengthening their sense of duty and their connection with the land and its traditions. The increased prosperity has strengthened Goans' pride in their own culture; and the tourists themselves, Indians and foreigners alike, want to visit temples and perhaps receive an archana. The Deity was brought from the nearby village of Cortalim on May 1, 1560, just before the destruction of its original temple by the Portuguese colonizers, who were ruthless iconoclasts and ardent proselytizers in the early days of their rule. Beautifully maintained, Shantadurga Temple stands on a patio surrounded by guest apartments. On the center stage, the head of the math, Shrimad Vidyadhiraj Teertha Swami, placed the "newborn baby"--a murti of Lord Rama--in the cradle while the flames of an elaborate arati danced on stage. Starting in 1936, the great Goan Masurekar Maharaj led a movement to bring brahmin Christians back to Hinduism. But that did not make us lesser Hindus. At one stage, the Vatican tersely censured those "gentile practices" and the proliferation of icons in churches, but eventually it relented. Majestically seated on his guru pitham, the wise man shared some of his views for readers of Hinduism Today. Rowdy, uncultured tourists were nowhere to be seen. I was invited to the home of a senior trustee of the Nagesh temple, Venkatesh Naik Gaonkar. Maruti Temple – For Lord Hanuman’s Blessings. Suddenly, we heard conches blown to their fullest. I was fascinated with the majestic seven-storeyed deepstambha at the entrance, a distinctive architectural feature of most local temples similar to a coastal lighthouse. Close. A popular story has it that Lord Parashurama, a brahmin hero and an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, bestowed upon a few brahmin families an entire land formerly owned by kshatriyas who had dared to defy him. Once established in Ela, the Portuguese began a religious conquest, aiming to convert Hindus that had remained in the city. Some of the BJP members of Goa’s legislative assembly are Catholic. Despite these measures, secret temples were still used through… The ubiquitous tulsi plant grows throughout the state, a local symbol marking a Hindu home, happily planted on front gardens everywhere and honored with daily arati by Hindu wives. Two years later, in 2014, the party took over the national government. Legend says a cowherder discovered the spot, alerted by the reverential attitude of his cows near the stone. However, the party is more solicitous of religious minorities in Goa than nationally. Each one performs pujas for certain GSB families. The incident took place at  on Dec. 30 in Sancoale, Goa, in the southwest of India. Nagarsenkar, Secretary of the Sri Mangeshi Devasthan, was kind enough to grant us an impromptu audience. If the project receives God's blessings, that flower will not be washed away. The math's sprawling campus houses a temple dedicated to Samsthan Aradhyadevata Shri Bhavani Shankar, an aspect of Siva, and is dotted with the samadhi shrines of several saints who lived here over the centuries. Anyone can be a Hindu and may follow any path whatsoever. Along with photographer Vivek Ivan, we were driven straight to Calangute Beach. Though the long years of Portugal have left the Christian influence on Goa, yet Goa has not forgotten its roots and maximum people follow Hinduism. It was a mad, suffocating place. In 1764 this area, too, fell under Portuguese control; but by that time, the colonizers had lost their initial zeal, and the Hindu Gods could once again be worshiped in safety. Each of these local Gods represents one of the greater Gods. Church of St. Francis of Assisi. Shri Gaudapadacharya wrote the cornerstone treatise Mandukya Karika (also called Gaudapada Karika or Agama Shastra), which ends with this shloka: "Having realized that state of nonduality, which is very difficult to realize, very profound, birthless, uniform and holy, we pay our obeisance to That, to the best of our abilities.". Goa – a former Portuguese colony which was annexed by India in 1961 – is considered a center of Latin Rite Catholicism in the country, and Christians make up about a quarter of the population in the state, compared to less than 3 percent for India as a whole. The indigenous population of the erstwhile Portuguese colony of Goa underwent a large-scale conversion from Hinduism to Christianity after its conquest and occupation by the Portuguese Empire, led by admiral Afonso de Albuquerque in 1510. We were able to preserve our culture mainly due the influence of our two maths, Kavale and Partagal. Hundreds of small shops line the approach to the math, selling sweets, flowers and religious artifacts, all amid lush green surroundings with a mountainous background. The very air erupted with myriad sounds of fervor and devotion, including crackers and fireworks. Priests and trustees on the stage hurled apples, bananas and coconuts. Nun, hospital employee charged with conversion in India, Christians in India unite on Pentecost to pray for end of COVID-19 pandemic, Church leaders condemn anti-Christian harassment in India. Devotees freely attend festivals of the two main ones, even though Kavale Math is Smarta and Partagal is Vaishnava. Sign up to get the latest Catholic news and stories delivered right to your inbox. It is a land of natural marvels, basking blissfully in the warm sun of West India, where coconut trees sway dreamily in the wind and the very earth mirrors the smiles of its people. ", In fact, every demolished temple was soon relocated and rebuilt; the murtis, and in some cases the homa kunda, were heroically rescued and reinstalled. “Currently, novenas are being held here in preparation for the Feast of St Joseph Vaz. “The Archdiocese of Goa has been celebrating the annual novena and feast of St. Joseph Vaz, near the frontpiece. The women's graceful saris outshone the dull Western attire of the men. When Vasco Da Gama arrived in India in 1498, he mistook Hindus for Christians, but Jesuit missionaries soon declared war on the alleged idolatry of the Hindus. Several rulers followed, many vigorously proselytizing their own religious preferences--the Chutus of Karwar, the Western Kshatrapas, the Abhiras, the Bhojas, the Konkan Mauryas and others. Hinduism is the pre-dominant religion in Goa. Religious Places in Goa: Travel Guide - Get information on famous & tourism Religious Places in Goa. Though we did not have a prior appointment, Maheshwar A.R. But Hinduism cannot be understood with tapas alone; it cannot be understood by experiencing it superficially. But anybody can come to the temple to have the darshan of the Deities.". Less famous than the larger cities of Vasco da Gama and Margao, this northern city has a charm of its own. Shankaracharya's bold words resonated far and wide, but it was at the feet of Govinda Bhagavatpada that he shaped many of his ideas. In 1498, Muslims conquered Goa again. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. The rowdy behavior of many tourists--joined by a small fraction of locals--and the impact of their dollars have linked Goa with drugs, harlotry, liquor and a land mafia. Outsiders cannot donate for the maintenance and construction of the buildings; their donations are used solely for performing pujas and archanas at the temple. Silver-clad doors and windows with intricate figurines create a rich and beautiful home for God. Hindu fanatics allege that the Hindus of Goa were forced to convert to Christianity under the Goa Inquisition which was ordered by St. Francis Xavier. I could feel the strong vibrations of these great souls as we went by, the fragrance of flowers and freshly lit incense emanating from the places where their bodies dwell. Ninth All-India Hindu Rashtra Convention is being organized by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti between 30th July and 2nd August 2020 and 6th through 9th August 2020. There are no signs to identify it; a tourist might take it for a telephone pole. Elegantly dressed devotees were sitting on the staircase leading to the main stage, an improvised (and packed) open-air auditorium. To this day, kumbhas are used for Catholic processions and a Sivalinga stands in front of the Virgin Mary in one of Goa's churches. Some of the coins were of common metal, engraved with religious motifs; a few were made of silver. Special Feature Goa Surviving a Troubled Past, Thriving in a Progressive Present Consider everything you know about the lushly tropical state of Goa. Later we had an audience with Shrimad Vidyadhiraj Teertha Swami Maharaj. Angelus News They join each other's religious festivals as a courtesy. It is notable as the oldest temple in Goa, India. The Portuguese colonial heritage and the diverse local population of Goa have cultivated a unique cultural landscape. It is one of the 24 monasteries of the dvaita order established by Shri Madhavacharya in the 13th century. Like so many others, this Deity was moved to protect it from the Portuguese; this one originated in the city of Verna. Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity are the top religions here. Then there is a wide-ranging and thoughtful analysis of the relationship of the two religious traditions in Goa as seen by Henn himself over many years of research. Ancient Goa was a Hindu region. It is also a landmark, visible from afar, guiding travelers to the temple. Now, conversion activities by the Christians are almost over, and even the crowds of hippies did not make much of an impact. Yet this is unquestionably India: the people, the colors and the manners are evidence that foreign influences have never etched below the surface. After spending barely fifteen minutes at Calangute Beach, my wife whispered, "Let us move away from this place. Buddhist monks worked tirelessly to spread their religion here. The list of famous temples in Goa include Maruti … "Though few Goans are GSB today, we are the stewards of spiritual knowledge. From 765 to 1015, the Jain Silharas of the Rashtrakuta dynasty ruled Goa, sponsoring their faith and building Jain temples. His words, in the melodious Konkani language, meant little to me; but the crowd listened with rapt attention. For the development of human society, it is the most important ingredient, more important than wealth; for the proper management of society is connected to the intelligence of the people. "Though I had come to ask a different question, by the falling of the flowers the priest predicted my children's health needed care, which came true within days. In spite of the chaos imposed by successive rulers of different religions--or perhaps seasoned and strengthened by it--Goans have mostly kept to their roots. A large dedicated team of youth quickly and efficiently served the delicious prasadam. The value of knowledge is immeasurable. Hinduism Today went to the jewel of the Konkan to ferret out the real Goans, to learn how they live and connect with the Gods, and how strong Hinduism has remained despite centuries of persecution--which began long before the arrival of the Christian missionaries with their Bible-and-sword hegemony. Goan Catholics uphold the Hindu caste system even today. Then, heralded by loud drums, he was taken to the shrine and made to stand below the bell, facing God, where he might declare his innocence in the presence of the judge, advocates and all others concerned, making a solemn oath of truth. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons.). After conversion to Roman Catholicism, they were granted Portuguese citizenship. He sent for some of the young men, and they showed us the chakras and conches that had been etched on their skin, a painful process that also serves as a rite of bravery and a formal initiation. It was going to be an all-night affair, with many foregoing sleep in favor of devotion. "The followers of the two maths intermarry their children, which also brings the institutions together," explains Anil Pai. Most are purohitas, or family priests. In the volume, Henn advances two major claims. Devendra Kenkere, an engineer and real-estate agent, swears by the practice. The new church is in the parish itself. This small, strikingly beautiful region has been ruled by kings and officials of many faiths. Panaji, Nov 9 (IANS): Hindu groups in Goa have urged Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to impose a ban on the sale of Chinese firecrackers and those with the images of Hindu deities and national heroes on the cover, ahead of the Diwali season. According to local lore, the guardians of the temple will remove their blessings and punish anyone who utters a lie under the bell or breaks a vow taken at that sacred spot. Finally, in 1630, his distant successor returned to Goa; but in the interim, many of our people had come under the influence of dvaita philosophy and started the Partagal Math. The majority of the population follows Hinduism. A local historian, Dr. Pramod Pathak, explains that the pole was used to punish neo-converts who were not following their new Christian religion seriously and still lived like Hindus at home. The following morning, we were told, the chariot would be pulled again, covering a much longer distance, powered by the peak crowds that were expected. That was, it seemed, the only way conversions could be made, by largely allowing Hindus to retain aspects of their faith. The Milagres Feast – Its significance to Catholics and Hindus in Goa Goddess Lairai visits her younger sister Milagres. In the wintertime they come from abroad, mainly Europe, to enjoy the climate; in the summertime, Goa's rainy season, they come from all over India to spend the holidays. Its crystal chandeliers from the nineteenth century contrast strangely with the Chola-style granite pillars, which are considered the most beautiful in the state. The harbinger of peace, the Goddess is always depicted as having the two Divinities by Her sides. They are privately owned and managed, free and independent of any kind of government aid. If a family's purohita is absent, they can approach the other priest. The new temple began as a simple structure; the current temple complex was only built in 1739, under Maratha rule. Those who confessed to their accused heresy would be strangled prior to the burning. Mahadev Temple, Tambdi Surla is a 12th-century Shaivite temple of the Lord Mahadeva and an active place of Hindu worship. Made of coconut fibers in the ancient tradition, these were many dozens of meters long. He continued, "In our math we emphasize tapas and festival vows. But this is not the reality of Goa, as experienced by the two-thirds Hindu majority. It was a famous pilgrimage, often known as Kashi of West. Additionally, the All-Goa walking pilgrimage concludes here at the Old Church. "For 450 years the Hindus in Goa were cut off from the mainstream of Hinduism. After defeating his enemies, Parashurama invited brahmins to settle in the vicinity of Gomanchala mountain in the Konkan region, and there perform their religious duties. The descendants of these original families are called the Gaud Saraswath Brahmins (GSB). In the 3rd century ce, Goa was incorporated into the Mauryan Empire, ruled by the Buddhist emperor Ashoka. In Goa, Shantadurga is She who mediates between Vishnu and Siva. Soon thereafter, in 1510, the ruling Bijapur kings were defeated by the Portuguese, who established a permanent settlement and aggressively proselytized the Christian faith. "I am very optimistic about our religion. The elders teach the youth and instill in them a desire to look traditional by wearing appropriate clothing. My heart opened by the celebrations, I felt blissful, marveling at sharing in this punya (merit). This temple enforces reasonable standards: Western clothing is tolerated, but not informal or revealing pieces. No more than boys, they proudly displayed the sign of their courage, the sacred symbols that made them belong to a holy tradition, symbols that also earned them respect from their peers. Rice Bag. 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