Miramar Monument

There are some things which when you see almost everyday, you never even notice they are there. Until you stop… and look again.

This time, I had parked around the Miramar circle and saw this monument in the rear-view mirror. And and I saw it for the first time.

Miramar Monument

Miramar Monument

Details: There is next to nothing about this monument/statue that I could find. Just two things:

  1. Originally a fort stood here (Fort Gaspar Dias) at the start of the Miramar beach. This would be directly opposite the Reis Magos fort. Between them they were designed to defend the entrance to the Mandovi, although they were of limited use. There is no fort here now, but the most prominent position on the beachfront is taken up by this statue representing Hindu and Christian unity. (Lonely Planet, Guide to Goa 2003)
  2. The canon kept on the round-about at Miramar is one of the 16 original canons from the Gaspar Dias Fort.

Another version explains the monument as being “twin statues depicting late PM Lal Bahadur Shastri’s slogan ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’.”

And here is another link

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4 responses to “Miramar Monument

  1. hmmm… when i read monument, i thot it’d look a little more ancient than that… :-/ lots of forts around goa it seems 🙂 cool thought about 2 forts on either sides to defend the entrance, reminds me of those strategy games 🙂

  2. Well, thanks for this bit of information! I myself realized that I haven’t really looked at it though I passed it several times. 🙂

  3. Had seen the monument a number of times but didn’t know the story behind its erection…..thanks for the tit bit. 🙂

  4. firstly thanks for the information. secondly is there any link of this statue with the temple and the St. Anthony statue?

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