Goa,situated in the Western Coast,is popularly called the ‘Tourist Paradise’.The scenic beauty of the beaches and the sea, the archaeological splendours of the temples and churches have made this place a favorite among Indians and foreigners!
Yes, I am taking about Goa and you have have guessed ti by the title of this post!
Goa is considered one of the most picturesque places in India and a rich culture, unique history and the most scenic spots the country has to offer.
Such a beautiful place ought to have its share of mythological connection right? I dug up a little history and found that this place was crated by Parashuram, the 6th avatar of Lord Vishnu.
The first literary reference of this place is in the Mahabarata, which refers Goa as Gomanta or the Region of Cows.
Further, it is told that Lord Shiva took up a temporary residence in this place after a dispute with Parvati, his consort.
That’s not all!Lord Krishna is said to have defeated Jarasandha, the King of Magadha in the Gomanchal mountain in Goa.
In Skanda Purana, Goa is referred to as Govapuri city in one of the hymns.
Over the centuries several dynasties have ruled Goa and the Portuguese rule has left a lasting impression on this state.It was liberated from the Portuguese rule in 1961 and was given the status – Union Territory. It got the status of a state in 1987 and it became the 25th state of India.
Goa, apart from the tourist places is also known to be the hub of Konkani movies / theater.
Goa is a hub of cultures and traditions and all co exist peacefully and happily together. Just like its people, the cuisine too is a potpourri of tastes and flavors.Yet there are some distinct dishes very unique and peculiar to Goa.
The abundance of rivers and its coastal location makes this place very famous for its fish and sea food dishes apart from using coconut milk and coconut in their dishes. Pork and beef is also said to be a hot favorite among the locals.
As far as I read, I learnt that there are two types of Goan cuisine – The Hindu cuisine and the Catholic cuisine.It was interesting to read that the Hindus here did not accept tomatoes and potatoes to be included into their dishes until the late 20th century!
Tonak Pav, Xacuti,Vindaloo,Goan prawn curry,Fish sukke, Bebik,are some of the very well known Goan dishes.
With a large variety of both vegetarian and non vegetarian, esp, seafood dishes and the different restaurants that cater all possible cuisines, Goa can rightly be called the Foodie’s heaven.