The Statue of Abbe Faria is centrally located right beside the Old Secretariat building in Panjim. Abbe Faria was a renowned priest, scientist and a revolutionary who participated in the French revolution and also fought against the British and Portuguese occupation in India. He is professed to be the originator of several techniques on hypnotism. During 19th century Abbe Faria introduced many skills based on oriental hypnosis in Paris. As a mark of respect for this achievement, this bronze statue depicting a woman being hypnotised by a priest was eventually built. Sculpted by Ramchandra Pandurang Kamat this statue was subsequently inaugurated on 20th September 1945. Holding the title as the 'World's First Hypnotist', Abbe Faria has also published a seminal text on the subject of hypnosis named "On the cause of lucid Sleep".