Assagao

Assagao is a village in Bardez, Goa located about 4 kilometres west of Mapusa. Assagao is known as the Land of Flowers. The village is surrounded by hills. From Mapusa town, the road u-turns uphill and, while descending the pass in the small plateau, splits into two parallel roads: one which proceeds straight along the St. Cajetan Church, Assagao Union High School to Anjuna and the other, which passes by Pallottine Seminary and Panchayat Office straight to Badem. The popular beaches of Anjuna and Vagator are to the west of Assagao.

Assagao

Asganv
village
Nickname(s): 
Land Of Flowers
Assagao is located in Goa
Assagao
Assagao
Location in Goa, India
Assagao is located in India
Assagao
Assagao
Assagao (India)
Coordinates: 15°35′51″N 73°46′38″E / 15.59750°N 73.77722°E / 15.59750; 73.77722Coordinates: 15°35′51″N 73°46′38″E / 15.59750°N 73.77722°E / 15.59750; 73.77722
Country India
StateGoa
DistrictNorth Goa
TalukaBardez
Government
 • TypePanchayat
 • SarpanchJallinder Gaonkar
Elevation
8 m (26 ft)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total4,367
Demonym(s)Assagaonkar
Languages
 • OfficialKonkani
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
403507
Vehicle registrationGA 03
Nearest cityMapusa
Lok Sabha constituencyNorth Goa
Websitegoa.gov.in

HistoryEdit

Like all of Goa, Assagao was long held by the Portuguese. As per Elderly People, village got its name when a prince, who was lost on the hills of Assagao on a dark night, heard the cock crow to announce the dawn. Overjoyed, the forlorn prince heaved a sigh, Assa re ganv. The early inhabitants of Assagao were Saraswat Brahmins of the Atri gotra. There must have been others too. But all were invariably Hindu with Ravalnath being the presiding deity. There was no dearth of temples too. However, only an odd pillar called kator on the hill at Socolvaddo is the vestige of the Hindu past. It was the temple lamp-post and to preserve the relic of their Hindu heritage, the elders cleverly slapped a legend over the kator. They the common man to believe that there was something inscribed on the kator in a strange a language. They claimed that the one who manages to decipher the inscription would be blessed with a bhangaracho handdo ( pot full of gold). Nobody ever saw the inscription and so no one ever got any gold either.

EducationEdit

Assagao is home to Many Prominent Education Institutions, including Agnel Institute of Technology and Design Engineering College, DMC College, Assagao Union High School and Government Primary Schools.

SportsEdit

Football and cricket are popular sports in the village. During Monsoon people play football, and an inter-ward football tournament is organised every year. Cricket is played during summer.

GeographyEdit

Assagao is located at 15°35′51″N 73°46′38″E / 15.59750°N 73.77722°E / 15.59750; 73.77722 at an elevation of 8 metres above MSL.[1]

Places of interestEdit

  • Mint Royale Resort near Anjuna Beach
  • Assagao Heritage Walk
  • St. Cajetan church is architecturally similar to St Alex's Church in Calangute.
  • Dossa-zor spring
  • SWAN Yoga Retreat
  • Ghatyeshwar Temple
  • Purple Valley Yoga Retreat
  • Redbrickshop - see weaves & crafts of India

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