Monday, February 15, 2016

Ponda

This is a city located in the central area of Goa just 29 kms from Panaji capital of Goa. It is Goa's fastest-growing city and is also known by the name Fonda.



In the 16th century, when Portuguese invaded Goa they started persecuting Hindus. As a result they stared to move into Ponda to escape persecution by Jesuits and the Portuguese. Later Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj seized Ponda from the Bijapur Sultanate. Under Shivaji, Saundekar Raja was the vassal of Ponda. But again Portuguese took control of the place. 


Hindus occupied the forests of Ponda and built makeshift temples for the idols they were able to save from the broken temples. These makeshift temples were slowly renovated as the Hindus gained prosperity. 



The prominent temples in the area are:

30 comments:

rupam sarma said...

Beautiful pics.

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice temples.

joshidaniel.com said...

looks nice :)

eileeninmd said...

Hello, lovely images of the city! I like the building in first photo. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Jeevan said...

Excellent shots and informative post on Ponda! The temples in this part of Goa seems magnificent

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Boa tarde, lindas fotos de difícil captação, as mesmas estão perfeitas.
AG

thehiddenpanorama.com said...

They are all beautiful temples

Al said...

It looks like a beautiful city.

edenhills said...

They are beautiful. I never get tired of seeing the amazing architecture you share.

Aunt Mary said...

Very good info, those temples look amazing :)

Photo Cache said...

Lovely shots.

Indrani said...

I have visited some them. Gruesome past indeed!

ladyfi said...

How gorgeous - and what lovely brickwork in that first photo.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Beautiful red bricks of the temples Rajesh.
All wonderful photos with such history behind them.
Shane

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Fascinating architecture and difficult times!
Enjoy your week.

Melody Steenkamp said...

fascinating again


Have a nice abc-day / - week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

carol l mckenna said...

Looks like a very beautiful place ~ great photos and intriguing history ~

Wishing you a happy week ~ ^_^

photowannabe said...

It is a tragic time in the past but the buildings are lovely.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Beautiful temples in Ponda, despite its sad history

Shooting Parrots said...

The first photo looks like a fort. Is that the case?

Reader Wil said...

India is one of the most interesting countries in the world. In spite of the hard times it faced all the difficulties and built up the temples again with the same patience and love as before. It's amazing! Thank you for sharing your history and culture.It helps us to understand your way of life.
Wil, ABCW Team

K V V S MURTHY said...

Enlightening post.

Rajesh said...

Shooting Parrots: It is a artificial fort.

Roger Owen Green said...

oppression. one of those constants.
ROG, ABCW

Joy said...

The temples look so tranquil despite their turbulent history.

Jyotirmoy Sarkar said...

Good to know about the place and the history, nice presentation with beautiful pics.

Amit Agarwal said...

It appears to be a beautiful place..nice clicks!

Yogi Saraswat said...

Ponda or Fonda is really beautiful !! Great information

Abhijit Ray said...

Nice story with pretty picture.

travelerinmeblog said...

Interesting info!