Ponda, Goa

Ponda, Goa

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<!-- See WikiProject Indian cities for details -->Ponda ( Phonem,pronounced ) is a city and a municipal council in North Goa district in the Indian state of Goa. It is located in the central part of Goa. Ponda lies about 29&nbsp;km south-east of Panaji and 18&nbsp;km north-east of Margao and is also the capital of Ponda taluk. Ponda is well connected by road to the Goan Capital Panaji and the main railway junction of Margao. It is the industrial centre of the state of Goa with many large factories and industrial estates. Ponda is also the fastest growing city in Goa with a population of approximately 20,000. Goa's major engineering college, the Goa Engineering College, is located at nearby Farmagudi. Ponda is popularly known as the Cultural Capital of Goa.

Geography

Ponda is located at . It has an average elevation of 42&nbsp;metres (138&nbsp;feet).

Ponda lies strategically along the NH-4A highway connecting Panaji to Belgaum in the neighboring state of Karnataka.

History

Ponda formed part of the Novas Conquistas or the "New Conquests" of the Portuguese. It was ruled by the Sonde Rajas under the Vijaynagar Kingdom or the Bijapur Sultanate. The territory of Ponda was not under Portuguese rule in the 16th Century and hence was seen as a safe haven by the Hindus fleeing persecution by the Jesuits and Portuguese.Later Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj conqured it from Bijapur Sultanate in 1675. It remained in the hands of...
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