Ribandar is an unincorporated town in Goa, India, in the district (conselho) of Tiswadi (Ilhas), lying in between the cities of Panaji (Nova Goa) and Old Goa. Goa Institute of Management (GIM) one of the premier B School in India is located right across the river mondovi. GIM offers range of courses from PGDM Full Time, PGDM PT, MDP and Corporate programs. GIM new campus is located at Sanquelim.
The name Ribandar originates from "Rayachem Bandar" meaning the wharves, docks or portage of the Rayas or Kings. It is unclear which kings are meant here.
Ribandar is located at average elevation of 3 metres (10 feet). It is separated from Panjim by the Rio de Ourem, River of Gold, whose junction with the Mandovi here forms a large, wide marshy estuary. This estuary in traversed by an old causeway built in 1633 under the auspices of one of the Viceroys of Portuguese India, the Count of Linhares, after whom it is called the Ponte de Linhares. This causeway is the sole direct land access Ribandar has with Pangim. A new by-pass road to the south of old causeway provides one more link to Ribandar, Chimbel and Old Goa.
Goa was ruled by a break-away branch of the Kadamba dynasty belonging to native Kannadiga language speakers of Karnataka. It was conquered by Sultan Allauddin Khilji's General Mahmud Ghawan for the Delhi Sultanate, became part of the breakaway Bahamani Sultanate, conquered by Vijayanagar, Yusuf Adil Shah I of the Sultanate of Bijapur before being conquered by Affonso de Albuquerque in 1510. Presently, Ribandar, although far separated geographically from Panjim by the Rio de Ourem, has been made a part of the City Corporation of Panjim.
Historical Places of Ribander
A Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Ajuda or The Church of Our Lady of Help (i.e., Auxiliatrix Christianorum or Perpetual Succor) was built on the banks of the Mandovi River in 1565. The ship bringing the body of St. Francis Xavier from Malacca was welcomed with canon salute at this church on the night of 14 March 1554. The church has a peculiar architectural style, being built like a ship.
The Santa Casa da Misericórdia or The Holy House of Charity, also called The Royal Portuguese Hospital: Today it houses a management school, the Goa Institute of Management. It is a heritage structure and has been left unchanged despite the pressures of housing a college. Unconfirmed sources claim that this Hospital is Asia's first one.
Fr. Alvares / Bishop Mar Julious
Ribandar is associated with the later life of Fr. Antonio Francisco Xavier Alvares (1837-1923), the Goan Catholic priest who defected to Monophysitism or the Malankara Orthodox Church based in Kerala or the Malabar Coast, and was made by it a bishop as Mar Julious I, "Archbishop-Metropolitan for the Archdiocese of Ceylon, Goa." Alvarez consecrated Joseph René Vilatte (1854-1929) and thus is the person from whom most Old Catholic bishops in the West claim apostolic succession. Fr. Alvares or Bishop Mar Julious died and is buried here, St. Mary's Orthodox Syrian Church, Ribandar.
Ribandar also has the famous Goa Institute of Management which is located on the banks on Mandovi river.