Author: Annable Lopez
Publisher: Roli Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174362843
Goa, with its palm-fringed beaches, enchanting sunsets and susegad (easygoing) lifestyle has gained world renown as an irresistible tourist destination. Almost five centuries ago, the city of Goa was equally well known. The Portuguese has wrested Goa from its Muslim rulers and made it the capital of their empire in the east. Few then had not heard of Goa or were unaware of its location.
Prior to the Portuguese, over a period of twenty centuries, Goa changed hands from Hindu to Muslim rulers quite a few times. If one were to go back even further, the origins of Goa are shrouded in myth and folklore.
Legend has it that the name Goa is derived from Goparashtra, a land of cowherds and nomadic tribes. The Hindu epic, Mahabharata, and the ancient Hindu text, Harivansa, refer to Goa as Gomant. The references show how the land originated or found favour with heavenly powers.