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Temples in Goa

Though we largely know Goa as a Portugese settlement, Goa has a different past. In ancient times, Goa was known as Gomantakesha and the name 'Goa' is formed from the first and the last syllables. According to another theory Goa's name concerns Lord Krishna, who came to this place and met the gopikas or cowherd girls and, fascinated, by them, named it after them and their cows as 'Govapuri'. This name can also be shortened as Goa. Endlessly romantic myths, whose origins are lost in the mists of time, remind us of this golden land's undeniable associations with our ancient past.