Eid in Goa is right around the corner. And the fragrance of the multi flavoured Biryani cooked with spices, vegetables and meat is enough to draw in anyone nearby. But that’s not all about Eid now is it?
Especially not in Goa. In the spirit and blessings of Eid Al Fitr, we bring to you breathtaking photos and fun facts of some of the most priceless mosques in Goa with key highlights of their surrounding areas.
Try heading over to one this Eid in Goa, after all – Mosques in Goa are some of the most beautiful in the country.
5. Jama Masjid, Sanguem, Goa
Located in Sanguem. The Jama Masjid is one of the most revered Goan mosques. The turnout here during Eid in Goa is quite a large ones. Built during the 20th century, this important mosque is just 25 km away from Margao.
In the year 1959, the mosque underwent renovation. The major highlight of this mosque in Goa is its architectural beauty. It has a dome-shaped structure with minarets on all four sides. It received quite a few visitors all year round.
4. Safa Masjid, Ponda, Goa
The Portuguese destroyed the well-maintained garden that had fountains. It has a pointed terracotta tiled roof . The prayer hall is constructed on a height. And The walls are typical of mughal design and are arched.
Eid-Ul-Fitr and Eid-Ul-Zuha are celebrated with great zeal here.
3. Surla Taar Mosque, Surla, Goa
Of all the mosques in Goa on this list. The Surla Taar has arguably the most interesting history. The Surla Taar was a part of 27 other mosques built in Goa by Adil Shah, out of which only a handful remain. As the name suggests. The mosque is located at Surla village. Another fun piece of trivial is that Taar means the ferry point of the village.
Which is why this mosque is quite close to the old village ferry point. Though the very structure of the mosque doesn’t look too old but a water tank, made in the front says a lot about its age. This particular water tank has four steps on all its sides and has beautiful arched architecture, all around its boundary.
The government, declared it a ‘Protected Site’ a few years back.
2. Namazgah, Bicholim, Goa
This mosque also consists of the tomb of Hazrat Abdullah Khan, Sambhaji, the famous Maratha King attended his funeral. He also offered grant for the maintenance of this mosque.
If you’re looking to celebrate Eid in Goa then Namazgah is a great choice.
1. Masjid-ul-Abrar – Oldest Mosque in Goa.
The Masjid-ul-Abrar may not be the biggest or the oldest mosque on this list. But it holds a significant role in Goa’s recent history. The Ul Abrar was the first mosque in Goa to allow entry for women to worship post Goa’s liberation. It carried out nevertheless. Despite being a highly opposed decision back in the day. And the rest is history.
Today the managing committee of the mosque has been providing equal opportunities of learning to boys and girls along with additional facilities to the womenfolk of the community. The mosque was also the first in Goa to organise programmes for people of other faiths in the late 1980s