1. Mythological Goa

There are many legends about the creation of “Gomanta”, “Govapuri”, or present-day Goa. Despite the lack of historical evidence, Hindu mythology claims that Parashurama, an incarnation of god Vishnu, carved out this region after pushing out the sea with his arrows.

2. Circa 300 BC: The Mauryas

Around this time, Goa was part of the Mauryan Empire under emperor Ashoka. He tried to convert the local people to Buddhism but after his death in 232 BC, much of these efforts fell flat as Goa was subesequently ruled by various Hindu dynasties for the next seven centuries. The ...

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