Anjuna (/ænˈnə/, an-JOO-nə; Konkani pronunciation: [ɦɔɳzuɳẽ]) is a village located on the coast of North Goa, India.[1] It is a Census Town, one of the twelve Brahmin comunidades of Bardez. It is mostly a tourist destination.

Anjuna
Anjuna
Village
Anjuna Beach
Anjuna Beach
Anjuna is located in Goa
Anjuna
Anjuna
Location in Goa, India
Anjuna is located in India
Anjuna
Anjuna
Anjuna (India)
Coordinates: 15°35′00″N 73°44′00″E / 15.5833°N 73.7333°E / 15.5833; 73.7333
Country India
StateGoa
DistrictNorth Goa
Government
 • BodyPanchayat
Elevation
5 m (16 ft)
 • Rank9,636
Languages
 • OfficialKonkani
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
403509
Telephone code91 832
Vehicle registrationGA 01 and GA 03
Nearest cityMapusa/म्हापशें
Sex ratio0.98 /
Literacy94 %%
Lok Sabha constituencyNorth Goa
Vidhan Sabha constituencySiolim
Civic agencyPanchayat
ClimateTropical (Köppen)
Websitegoa.gov.in

Its church, St. Michael's Church, Anjuna, founded in 1595, is dedicated to S. Miguel, and celebrates the feasts of S. Miguel (29 September) and Nossa Senhora Advogada (second week of January). There are three large chapels in the parish: the one to S. Antonio (Praias), to Nossa Senhora de Saude (Mazalvaddo), and to Nossa Senhora de Piedade (Grande Chinvar). The chapel at Vagator became the church of the new parish of Vagator, dedicated to S. Antonio, in the twentieth century.

History

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Like all of Goa, Anjuna was long held by the Portuguese. In 1950, it had a population of 5,688 [2] and, in 2011, it had 9,636.

Historian Teresa Albuquerque reports that the village's name is derived from the Arabic word 'Hanjuman' (meaning Merchant Guild). Others say it comes from an Arabic word for "change" - as people used to arrive at Anjuna from the sea looking to change money.

It became a destination on the hippie trail during the late 1960s.[3]

Activities

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Anjuna is famous for trance parties held on its beach during the tourist season (October - April).

Anjuna also hosts the famous flea market (every Wednesday and Saturday), in which products from all over India, as well as from foreigners, are sold, ranging from fruits to jewelry, to clothes, to hashish and electronic devices. On Wednesdays, there is a day market which starts in the morning and ends at 7:30 pm and on Saturdays, there is a night market.[4]

Anjuna Beach

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Anjuna Beach in 2015

Anjuna Beach is a beach in Goa,[5] which is located 18 kilometers from Panaji and 8 kilometers to the west of Mapusa, North Goa. It is situated in Anjuna village of Bardez taluka in North Goa. The beach is part of a 30 kilometer stretch of extended beach coastline along the west coast of Goa by the Arabian Sea.[6] The beach is known for world-class snorkeling and wildlife viewing.[7]

Attractions close to Anjuna Beach include the Anjuna flea market and Chapora Fort which can be seen even from the beach .[8]

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Above & Beyond's record labels, Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep, as well as their radio show, 'Anjunabeats Worldwide,' all make reference to Anjuna. In 2009, they also released a track called 'Anjunabeach.' Anjuna beach is also famous for the hippie lifestyle.[citation needed]

References

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  1. ^ Albuquerque, Teresa (1988). Anjuna: Profile of a Village in Goa. ISBN 9788185002064.
  2. ^ Columbia-Lippincott Gazetteer
  3. ^ Roy Chowdhury, Arka. "Eastward bound: Hippie trail of the 60s". Times of India. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Markets of North Goa". Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.
  5. ^ "Anjuna Beach". India.com.
  6. ^ "Anjuna Beach". goa.gov.in. Government of Goa.
  7. ^ Saxena, Kanika (15 November 2021). "Experience The Thrill Of Snorkeling At These 5 Wonderful Spots In Goa!". Retrieved 12 February 2024.
  8. ^ Schapova, Polina. "Go, Goa, Gone: Stories from a changing paradise — and a look at what the future portends". Firstpost.
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