Mapusa is a commercialized town in North Goa about 13 Km from Panaji and is congregated around Mount Alto. The name is derived from the Konkani word Map which means ‘measure’. Also known as ‘Mhapsa, the town is a well civilized area and is well-known for its typical Portuguese style architectural setting and it is reflected in the form of historical monuments and forts. It is the town of late Goan chief minister Manohar Parrikar.
1. Shree Dev Bodgeshwar Temple
This temple is believed to host the guardian of the city of Mapusa. The deity Shree Bodgeshwar is said to fulfil all your desires if you pray with a pure heart.
Zatra is an annual fair held in December or January which draws a lot of devotees. Also as a common belief of the locals the Mapusa market flourishes because of the blessings of Shree Bodgeshwar.
2. Friday Market
The Friday Market in Mapusa is a major attraction amongst both locals and the tourists. It is open from 8 AM to 2 PM only on Fridays. If one-stop-shop had a destination, this is it! The markets are crowded and full of chirpy shoppers and vibrant colours. From Jewellery, clothes, and home to décor to spices and vegetables – you can find everything here
3. Church of Our Lady of Miracles
The town of Mapusa is well known for the annual festival of The Feast of Our Lady of Miracles. The church also known as St. Jerome’s church was built in the 16th century and was reconstructed in 1719AD and again in 1838AD. Since the church was built by the Portuguese on the site where once a Hindu Temple existed, the ground on which the church is built is considered to be sacred by both Hindus and Christians.