Anjadip Island

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Anjediva
Native name: अंजदीव / Anjadiv
Ilha de Angediva
Geography
Location Arabian Sea
Coordinates 14°45′24″N 74°06′45″E / 14.75667°N 74.11250°E / 14.75667; 74.11250Coordinates: 14°45′24″N 74°06′45″E / 14.75667°N 74.11250°E / 14.75667; 74.11250
Area 1.5 km2 (0.58 sq mi)
Length 1.5 km (0.93 mi)
Width 0.25 km (0.155 mi)
Country
India
State Goa
District South Goa

Anjediva Island (Konkani: अंजदीव Anjadiv; Portuguese: Ilha de Angediva; also Anjadip Island) is an island in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Canacona in the South Goa district, Goa, India. Legally and constitutionally, it remains a part of Goa, although there is a widespread misconception that it is a part of the Karnataka state off whose coast it lies.

History[edit]

Anjediva, as Portuguese territory, was used by the Christians and Hindus of the mainland as a refuge during the invasion of the coastal kingdoms of Bednore and Soonda by Tipu Sultan, who had created the new state of Khodadad after usurping the throne from the Maharaja Wodeyars of the Kingdom of Mysore. The ruins of Shri Aryadurga temple which was destroyed by the Portuguese is still to be found here. The Saraswat Brahmins on the island who could not bear this horrendous inquisition and mass destruction of temples done of by the Portuguese had no other option, rather to shift the deity to a neighboring place, now called Karnataka. The temple of Shri Aryadurga is located in the North of Karnataka, in a place called Ankola. Anjediva also has a fort built by the Portuguese[1]

Geography[edit]

An 1885 map of the island

The island is located at 14°45′24″N 74°06′45″E / 14.75667°N 74.11250°E / 14.75667; 74.11250 and is surrounded by the Arabian Sea.

Culture[edit]

The island is known for its annual feast of Our Lady of Springs (Nossa Senhora das Brotas) on 2 February and feast of the Chapel of St. Francis D’Assisi on 4 October.[1]

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