Siolim is a village in Bardez taluka, and a census town on the central west coast of India, in the North Goa district of Goa. The 2001 population was 10,311. Siolim is also the name of a constituency in the Goa assembly, which includes Assagao, Anjuna and Oxel, in addition to Siolim. This article is about the village of Siolim. A person from Siolim is known as a Siolcar.
Siolim is situated about 7 km (4.3 mi) from Mapusa. It is located around Chapora River. There is a bridge over River Chapora, in place of the prior ferry.To Siolim's north lies the quiet village of Oxel; green hillocks hedge it towards Assagao in the south and the east. Camurlim too lies to its east, and in the west flows the Chapora river with Morjim and its pine-wooded beach on the northern bank in Pernem.It has several vadde, including Igrezvaddo, Gaunsavaddo, Bamonvaddo, Marna, Portavaddo, Tarchi Bhatt, Guddem, Aframent, Vaddi and Oxel.Siolim has three panchayats: Siolim-Marna, Siolim-Sodiem, and Siolim-Oxel. It has two comunidades as well: Siolim and Marna, and two parishes: Siolim and Tropa.
The Church In Siolim:
Siolim's church is dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua. The church possesses two steeples on the frontispiece and a statue of St Anthony holding a serpent on a leash. This is a depiction of the incident which occurred during the construction of the church wherein a snake that was disrupting construction work was found caught in the cord placed in the statue's hand. In the church, the statues, paintings, and even the church bell, depict St. Anthony holding a serpent tied with a cord to commemorate this miracle.
Chapels In Siolim:
Temples In Siolim:
Shri Datta Mandir:
- Mae de Deus, Gaunsavaddo
- St. Sebastian, Marna
- Our Lady of Sorrows (Nossa Senhora das An-gustias)
- Vailankani Chapel, Bamonvaddo
- Tarchi Bhatt
This temple is dedicated to Shri Dattatreya, the trinity, known for its serenity austere rites. The idol worshiped is "Ekhmukhi" which is very sacred and rare. This temple is located in Ghol Marna Siolim, away from all the disturbances of traffic and human location; this place is very sacred and an appropriate place for worship and meditation.
This temple is situated at Shelim, Siolim. This temple of goddess Sateri is famous for the festival of Diwsans. During this festival the temple is surrounded by a long feri. Many females go round the temple in a procession with oil-lamps in their hand and on their head.The scene is very auspicious.The Sateri Temple was designed by Goan architect Ralino de Souza.
Liberation brought in electric power in 1972 and tap water flowed in 1975. By 1980 Siolim had a telephone exchange, which has since shifted to a large building. The first KTC bus travelled to Siolim on July 14, 1981. Broadband internet access was first available in January 2008.
Some of Siolim's most beautiful places are its green fields and hills. However, these are being lost due to rapid increase in settlement, with a huge rise in new constructions. Open spaces for children and youth to play outdoors are fast disappearing. At the present rate, the only open space remaining may be the football ground owned by the church. All Siolcars should awake and take steps to prevent this unplanned development.