Mapusa Friday market, Goa
Mapusa Friday Market is a major market in Mapusa, with Friday being the official market day. Every Friday vendors from Bardez and Tiswadi come to Mapusa to sell a variety of local produce brought in by farmers and small entrepreneurs from all over Goa. The market serves almost everything and even caters to people shopping for special occasions as there is a wide range of sarees and sweet shops, as well as tailors and goldsmiths.
The popularity of Mapusa as a market center grew out of ancient festivals in honor of the God Kanakeshwar Baba, venerated at the Bodgeshwar Temple. The festivals attracted large crowds seeking to fulfill their individual wishes, who needed pots and oil lamps as offerings to propitiate the Gods. Mapusa's location as the hub of commercial activity have caused the market to grow to its current size.
At the market, women from the surrounding villages gather to sell their wares, vying for a space in the shade of a building,under an overhang, or if all else fails, beneath the shade of a hand-held umbrella. Since Goans prefer to buy fresh food, the Mapusa Market has an abundance of fresh fish, locally produced vegetables, fruits and flowers. Pickles and preserves, spices, earthen pots, coir mats, ropes, and the famous Goan chourisan (pork sausages) are also found in abundance. There is no dearth of saree and sweet shops, as well as tailors and goldsmiths. All that Goans need in their everyday lives can be found at the Friday Mapusa market.In recent years, shops have been set up tailored to meet the needs of backpackers and tourists. Thus One finds several stalls selling trinkets and souvenirs that are often picked up by foreign travelers.
Getting to Mapusa Friday market
Mapusa Friday market is located in right next to the Mapusa bus stand, which is very well connected with the rest of Goa and neighboring states. The Auto and Taxi stand are also located in close proximity in order to facilitate the people to carry their shopping home.