- Published on Wednesday, 01 June 2011 10:40
- Written by Goa Inside
A lot of people are under the impression that Goa is mainly a Catholic state but that is a false notion. Catholics used to be a majority once upon a time but now that has
changed. The majority in Goa is Hindus, Catholics and Muslims are now a minority. However, the beauty in Goa is such that one can never really tell the difference because everyone is so similar in the way they dress.
If you have traveled around India you will soon be able to pin point a person’s religion by the way someone is dressed. Here in Goa that is close to impossible. Even spending a chunk of your time here you will find it difficult to tell.
Now Muslims being the minority in Goa there are not many mosques around the state. In spite of being minority they have famous places of worship too.
The Jama Masjid is situated in Sanguem, 25 kilometers away from Margao. This mosque was renovated entirely in 1959. It was built in the 18th century but time and the weather conditions took its toll on the mosque. The new construction is known for its matched size and elegant simplicity. Two elegant towers border the entrance façade and it is delimited by four beautiful "minars". A dome shaped cabin rises from the center of the minars. All Muslim festivals are celebrated here with much dedication and accord.
The Safa Masjid is situated in the city of Ponda. It is the largest and the most eminent of all the mosques in Goa. Ibrahim Adilshan of Bijapur built it in 1560. Adjacent to the Mosque is a well-constructed tank like pond. The tank has skillfully designed chambers. The mosque and the tank were previously surrounded by an all-embracing garden with numerous fountains. They were ruined during the Portuguese rule. The two major festivals of Id-ul-Fitr and Id-ul-Zuha are celebrated at this mosque with great pomp and fondness and a large number of people grace the occasion.
These are the two main mosques in Goa and it would be advisable to go see these structures for their architecture and history.