: म्हापशें mhapxem
; ) also spelt at Mapuca, Mhapsa or Mapsa is a town in North Goa
. It is situated 13 km north of the capital Panaji
. The town is the headquarters of Bardez Taluka
. It is located on the main highway NH-17, linking Mumbai
. Under Portuguese
rule, the town's name was spelt Mapuçá
Even before the Aryans
, or Marathas, or Sultans or the Portuguese invaded Goa, this was an agrarian community with a well established Gaunkari
or Community Farming System, where villages formed associations, worked on community land and shared profits. Market day was a major event, with goods brought in from every district to one central area. Mapusa has thus remained a prominent market center for many centuries.
Mapusa is located at . It has an average elevation of 15 metres (49 feet).
Mapusa has a tropical climate with temperatures ranging from a high of 37 °C in summer with high levels of humidity to a low of 21 °C in winters.
, Mapusa had a population of 40,122. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Mapusa has an average literacy rate of 76%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 80%, and female literacy is 73%. In Mapusa, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.
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