Pilerne Village, Goa

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Bardez, North Goa, India, 403114
15.531631 N,73.820339 E
Transport to Pilerne is available from the nearby cities of Mapusa and Panaji.
- Visit the village

Though just five km from Panjim and nine from Mapusa has been a neglected village lacking even the basic necessities. Surrounded by the progressive villages of Porvorim, Sangolda, Saligaum, Candolim, Verem, and Betim. This village in previous generations had contributed immensely to Goan society. A few Muslims lived in the ward Maina, where there is a fountain. Here the horses of Adil shah, the sultan of Bijapur, who had his sovereignty over goa, were brought to bathe and drink water. This was via Betim, climbing the slope called ghodde gahnt (ghodde means horses), near the present bamboo motels and getting down in Pilerne at manxer at the sluice gate between the branch of the river Sinkerim and the rivulet Rio dos Ribeiros which irrigates the fields of Pilerne.

Formerly there were no rice fields in Pilerne. The bed of the river was converted into cultivating fields by the Gaunkars of Carambolim. They were brought by the Pilernkars to do this work that took some decades. Since they stayed in Pilerne for long, they did not render any service to the communidade of Carambolim, the pilernkars enrolled them in their communidade as the fourth vangod. Giving them the name of furtadores or furtados which in Portuguese means thieves. The patron saint of Carambolim was St. john de baptist. The furtados had great faith him. So they decided to rob his statue from Carambolim and brought it to to Pilerne.