Mango Tree Goa
Founded in 2004 and formerly known as Children Walking Tall, this organisation helps Goa’s disadvantaged children, with its daycare...
Church of Our Lady of Miracles
Founded in 1594 and rebuilt several times since, the Church of Our Lady of Miracles (also known as St Jerome’s), around 600m east of the...
Mango Tree Goa
Offers placements for volunteers providing support for disadvantaged children around Mapusa.
Don’t be put off by the dingy entrance or stairwell: once you’re upstairs, this breezy place opposite the market is great for watching...
On the top floor of Hotel Satyaheera, this rooftop garden restaurant and bar is popular with tourists and widely deemed one of Mapusa’s...
Maruti Temple information
In the centre of town, the small, pastel-coloured Maruti temple was built in the 1840s at a site where the monkey god Hanuman was covertly worshipped during more oppressive periods of Portuguese rule. After temples had been destroyed by the Portuguese, devotees placed a picture of Hanuman at the fireworks shop that stood here, and arrived cloaked in secrecy to perform their pujas (prayers).
In April 1843 the picture was replaced by a silver idol and an increasing number of worshippers began to gather here. Eventually the business community of Mapusa gathered enough funds to acquire the shop, and the temple was built in its place.
The intricate carvings at the doorway of the temple are the work of local artisans.