Insights into Cuncolim
Cuncolim is an upcoming locality in South Goa. Strategically located at Edapally – Panvel Highway,
the area is well connected to other parts of the city thus making commuting easy for its residents. The
name Cuncolim is derived from the fact that the village was known as Kumkumahalli (village where
kumkum or vermilion is produced). It was the site of recurring Hindu dissent against Portuguese rule.
The area was the original site of the famous temple of Shree Shantadurga before this was demolished
by the Portuguese in collaboration with the Christian missionaries. The Holy idol of Shree Shantadurga
was taken to Fatorpa where the new temple of Shree Shantadurga Cuncolikarin stands today. The
annual "Jatra" of the temple happens in December /January where the Utsav which lasts for five days.
During the last days of the Holi festival, the idol of the Goddess is taken back to the original site at
Cuncolim thus re-enacting the migration of the Goddess and many Hindu families who fled Salcette to
preserve their faith. This marks the famous festival known as the Sontreo (Umbrellas) consisting 12
umbrellas representing 12 vangodds (clans) of Cuncolim. Cuncolim has a unique traditional village
irrigation, involving 12 bunds (water-gathering centers). It has also 12 residential clans (or vangodds).
Cuncolim Union is one of the social organizations formed by people of this area. Besides the church
and chapels, Cuncolim is also home to seven temples, the Molanguinim Cave, small waterfalls at the
foot of the seven temples, and the Nayaband Lake. Owing to the presence of basic establishments,
strong road connectivity and well-developed social infrastructure, Cuncolim has attracted many Real
Estate investors to settle in and around this locale.
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