History of Goa

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Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Even though it is the smallest of all Indian states it has played a very noteworthy role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Through the passage of time, Goa has undergone a constant flux, transition, change and transformation, which has left an indelible impression on various aspects of cultural and socio-economic development of Goa.

Mythological origins

The first literary reference to Goa is mentioned in the Bhishma Parva of Mahabharata as Gomanta which means the region of cows.Even though there are no archeological and historical evidences, Hindu scriptures mention Parashurama, as its creator(see:Skanda Purana:Sahyadrikhanda). He is said to have settled ten sages in this land and performed fire sacrifices. Another legend has that after performing the penance, the seven sages or the Saptarshis were blessed by lord Shiva therefore known as Saptakoteshwar. Further Lord Shiva is believed to have taken up temporary residence after having tiff with his consort Parvati. Yet another legend says that Lord Krishna defeated Jarasandha the king of Magadha on Gomanchal mountain in Goa. (see:Hari Vamsha purana)

In Suta Samhita Govapuri or Goa is associated with spiritually cleansing......
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