As I mentioned Ancestral Goa is shown in two parts. The second part comprises of something called Big Foot.
To start with it was surprisingly pleasant as a cultural experience when a sari clad Goan girl greeted us with ‘Aarti’, teeka and flowers at the door. After that, the guides took over.
This part of Ancestral Goa is actually a miniature village recreated around the legend of Big Foot which takes us hundred years back into the history. I liked this part of the museum very much as it taught us many things of the past some of which are still relevant in our rural areas. I have more than 50 photos of this place.
Life size structures or mannequins in a mock up village recreate that ambiance of the colonial past..
It is nine acres of a panorama of glimpses from the life of a Goan villager together with the special moments. We ‘came across’ Goan artisans at work, a fisherman’s hut, marketplace mansion of ‘Dona Maria’. It depicted the kinds of huts and equipment different craftsmen used in that period. Completing this village scene is a natural spring.
Also, once here, we can not only enjoy the Goan feni but also see how it’s prepared with cashews at the ‘Bhatti’ (distillery).
I’ll upload some more pictures later.
A barber at work.
Now the legend of Big Foot which has endured over the centuries.
The local legend goes like this.. .. a wealthy landowner by the name of Mahadar blessed with a deep sense of duty and unending goodness, helped the local poor. Greedy neighbours kept on asking him for help till one day he was left alone broke and with the loss of his wife.
The Gods pleased with his devotion granted him immortality only if he paid penance by standing on one foot atop a rock. So, Mahadar was taken to heaven whereupon, the footprint he left behind promised luck to whosoever stood on it with a heart free from greed and malice.
The Big Foot is also Goa’s biggest designer dance floor shaped like a giant foot and has been created for the express purpose of being a versatile venue for all types of functions and entertainment events like weddings, anniversaries, seminars, dances etc. and can accommodate 2,500 people at any time. The natural carpet of grass around the Big Foot dance floor is maintained all through the year. The five toes are big enough to accommodate bands and other entertainers. We did not go that side as it was raining. We took words of our guide.
Big Foot also includes a vegetable, spice, fruit and a herb garden and a small hill, perfect natural habitat for the birds.
Another important highlight of ancestral Goa is Natural harmony or a sculpture of Mira. Measuring 14 metres by 5 metres, Natural harmony is a national landmark, the longest laterite sculpture in the country sculpted single handedly with minimal tools by Maendra Jocelino Araujo Alvares within thirty days.
It rained off and on and so you’ll find bright and gloomy both types of pictures here.