Goan Poder

At Mae De Deus bakery in Saligao

Goans are used to two wake up calls in the morning. The first one being universal – coming from the rooster – and the second one unique, coming from traditional ‘Poder’. ‘Poder’ is the typical Goan baker. The ‘Poder’ with his familiar ‘horn’ makes his first visit early in the morning distributing various types of breads, which is the main item of majority of Goan’s breakfast.

Typically dressed in the shorts and most of the times wearing hat, ‘Poder’ makes the round in the bicycle which carries a basket filled with different varieties of breads like ‘Pao’, ‘undo’, ‘poli’ and ‘kakon’. These ‘Poders’ are synonymous with Goan culture and tradition. This legacy has been given to Goa by Portuguese and the bakery business is mainly run by members of Catholic community.

It’s not only an item for breakfast, it’s often consumed for dinners as well and hence one sees ‘Poder’ making another trip around in the evenings.

Like all businesses, even in bakery business there has been commercialization like launch of pastry shops, branded stuff, etc, but the traditional industry has survived. These days we talk about service and delivery at doorsteps, but ‘Poders’ can easily be referred as the innovators in this delivery service business and are doing these things for decades in Goa.Poder1

One cannot imagine Goa without ‘Poders’ who are an integral part of Goa’s tradition.Poder2

Marco artifacts too is a truly Goan enterprise which has always taken pride in being Goan and promoting Goan identity & Goan craft through their products. The company presents a fusion of creativity and quality, which promotes local talent. It is an earnest effort to spread the Goan culture and its rich heritage beyond the shores of its land.


Marcou Artifacts has designed creative utility items which are designed artistically and eco-friendly and are ideal for special occasions.


Goan Cashews & Cashew nuts

Goa-1Cashew nuts are an integral part of Goan identity and over the years have become synonymous with Goa.  Goan cashew nuts are very famous not only in other parts of India but in some foreign countries as well. Tourists visiting the state make sure that they buy cashew nuts before leaving Goa. Apart from cashew nuts, Goan ‘feni’ and ‘urrac’, alcoholic beverages made from cashew fruit are equally well-known.

In fact, it is said that Portuguese brought cashews to Goa sometime between 1563 and 1570. The English name ‘Cashew’ is derived from the Portugese name ‘Caju’. A Portugese missionary from Brazil brought the Cashew to Goa in order to stop soil erosion along with the west coast of India. The best part about cashew tree is that it can grow on hilly areas.cashew-fruits-nuts

It is believed that the edible value of the Cashew nut was discovered by Goan prisoners exiled to the Portugese territory of Africa (Mozambique) during Goa’s freedom movement in 1752. The prisoners tried them, and used them as a regular food item. Thus, cashew nuts became a part and parcel of Goan life.

The local people of Goa started consuming Cashew nuts by the middle of the 18th century and now, it has become one of the regular food items for consumption. Cashew nuts are very tasty. Apart from consuming cashew nuts as dry fruit or snack item, ‘Biya bhaji’, a gravy item made from cashew nuts is quite popular along with cashew ‘ladoos’.

Marcou Artefacts is a truly Goan enterprise which has always taken pride in being Goan and promoting Goan identity & Goan craft through their products. The company presents a fusion of creativity and quality, which promotes local talent. It is an earnest effort to spread the Goan culture and its rich heritage beyond the shores of its land.


As cashew nut is an integral part of Goan life, Marcou Artefacts has designed creative artifacts resembling the fruit which add luster to the home decor. These are ideal products that one can gift someone or adorn one’s house with through hand crafted items. Some products can also be used as utility items. All these artefacts are handcrafted & lead free and depict the deep connect between the fruit and the state.


Shree Mangueshi Temple…

Mangueshi templeThe history of Shree Mangireesh can be traced back to the Sahyadri Khand of Skand Purana. To perform the yajna after destroying Ksahtriyas, Parshuram invited 66 Panch Gaud Brahmins from Trihotra to Kutthali, Goa (then called Kushasthal). The Brahmins installed the idols they had brought along in the villages Parashuram donated them. Shree Mangireesh, the family deity of the Vatsa and Kaundinya gotra, was installed at Kushasthal. The Purana explains that the Shivalinga at Trihotra had been established by Lord Brahma and had come to be known as Mangireesh or Mangeesh.

The original temple at Kushasthal was a centre of pilgrimage till 1560, when it came under the ire of

the Portuguese who took over the territory then. The temple was replaced by a church. The Shree


Mangesh Shivalinga was moved to its present location in Mangeshi in Priol village of Atrunja Taluka ruled by the Hindu kings of Sonde of Antruz mahal (Ponda). In 1739, the temple received the donation of the Mangeshi village from the Peshwas. This was done based on the initiative of the Peshwa leader Shree Ramchandra Malhar Sukhtankar, a devotee of lord Mangesh. Although this area too came under Portuguese rule it was spared destruction as the foreigners had toned down their religious zeal by this time.

As the construction and repair of temples was banned by the Portuguese, it has to be assumed that the first temple dedicated to Shree Mangesh was nothing better than a shed. The first proper temple probably came up in 1744. The wooden pillars that supported this early structure remain preserved even now. The present temple structure was completed in April 1890, a little less than two years after work had started in October 1888.

The temple has served as the spiritual inspiration for many. The most noted among them is Naik Swami who spent his life at Mangeshi in service of the Lord. While he was resting at Mangeshi on his way to Kashi, he had a vision that Mangeshi itself was Kashi. He is still revered here and his death anniversary is celebrated as Vaishakh Vadya Dwadashi.

The main temple of Lord Mangesh is built in a modern style with traditional Hindu patterns weaved into its design. To the north of the temple entrance is located the Deepastambha, a column of lights. Its design indicates that it might have been built during the first half of the eighteenth century. During important festivals, it is decorated with traditional oil lamps at night. When the lights roll out in the light, the temple glows!

The Sabha Griha, a spacious hall decorated with nineteenth century chandeliers, leads to the Grabha Griha or the inner sanctum. The inner chamber or sanctum sanctorum houses the Shiva Linga. Devotees assemble in the Sabha Griha twice daily to listen to Hari Katha and seek the blessings of the Lord. Almost 500 devotees can be accommodated in this hall that is adorned with several chandeliers. The path leading to the sanctum sanctorum is kept uncluttered to ensure that visitors can get a darshan of the Lord even from the entrance. The water tank at the temple is the considered to be the oldest part of the temple.

Lord Mangesh is worshipped in the form of a Shiva linga. A black stone representation of Shree Nandikeshwar or Nandi, the carrier of Lord Shiva, can be found outside the Garbha griha. It is a silver and copper plated image of a bull.