Loutolim

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Loutolim
Lottli / लोटली
town
Loutolim is located in Goa
Loutolim
Loutolim
Location in Goa, India
Coordinates: 15°20′N 73°59′E / 15.33°N 73.98°E / 15.33; 73.98Coordinates: 15°20′N 73°59′E / 15.33°N 73.98°E / 15.33; 73.98
Country  India
State Goa
District South Goa
Elevation 32 m (105 ft)
Languages
 • Official Konkani
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Loutolim (Konkani: लोटली Lottli, pronounced [lɔːʈlĩː]) is a small town in Salcette taluka of South Goa district in the state of Goa, India.

Geography[edit]

Loutolim is located at .[1] It has an average elevation of 32 metres (105 feet).

History[edit]

Lord Ramnath.
Church of Salvador do Mundo, Loutolim.

Legend has it that Goud Saraswat Brahmins founded the settlement of Loutolim when they came to Goa from northern India. The word Loutolim arising from Lovótollem, is coined from a combination of the words Tollem (pond in Konkani) and a grass, Lovó, found growing in plenty around the pond. The village community was based around the temple of Shree Ramnathi. There were other smaller temples dedicated to Shree Santeri (Shanta durga) in the village. The Jesuits undertook the task of Christianization of Salsette and in 1567 A.D. The captain of Fort Rachol, Dom Diogo Rodrigues ordered the burning and destruction of all the temples in the village. Many gaunkars who wanted to preserve their culture and Hindu religion fled to safer grounds in the Sonde Raja territories across the Zuari river with their idols, most famously the Idol of shree Ramnathi in what was later known as the novas conquistas (new conquests). Most of those who chose to remain behind had to become Christian. The Saviour of the world Church was built in Loutolim to look after the spiritual needs of the neo-Christians. Unlike other towns in Salcette and Bardez, where churches were built over the demolished temples, in Loutolim, the plot of land where the old Ramnathi temple stood remained vacant due to some opposition amongst the lotlikars. A new temple of Shree Ramnathi was built recently at this spot. The original idol of Shree Ramnathi (see picture) now stands in an 18th-century temple of Indo-Portuguese architecture in Bandivade, Ponda, Goa. Today, Loutolim has a mixed population of Hindus and Christians, many of them of Saraswat lineage.

Attractions[edit]

  • Ancestral Goa: A theme park called ancestral Goa has been built in Loutolim also called 'big foot'. The largest known laterite sculpture of Mirabai is present in this theme park.
  • Miranda Mansion: Old Goan Houses, owned by families such as the Mirandas are sometimes opened for public viewing.
  • Casa Alvares: A large traditional Portuguese colonial house which had been the home of a wealthy Portuguese family for several generations. The house contained many old home

furnishings.

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