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