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Chinchinim is located in Goa
Chinchinim is located in India
Location of Chinchinim in Goa
Coordinates: 15°12′45″N 73°58′38″E / 15.21250°N 73.97722°E / 15.21250; 73.97722Coordinates: 15°12′45″N 73°58′38″E / 15.21250°N 73.97722°E / 15.21250; 73.97722
Country India
State Goa
District South Goa
Sub-district Salcete
Elevation 3 m (10 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 7,033
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Postcode 403715

Chinchinim (Konkani:चिंचोणें, Chinchone) is a village and a census town in Salcete in Goa, India. It lies on the banks of the River Sal. It has a predominant Catholic population and is dotted with typically Goan mansions and small cottages which are colourful and incorporate all the typical features of a Goan village life.


Chinchinim is located at 15°12′N 73°58′E / 15.20°N 73.97°E / 15.20; 73.97.[1] It has an average elevation of 3 metres (10 feet).


The name Chinchinim is derived from Chinchinath the local deity from one of the four temples present in Chinchinim. These temples are said to be destroyed by the Portuguese in 1567. The other view is that the temples simply disappeared as the devotees converted to Christianity. A church dedicated to St Anne was built in 1590 by the Jesuits. It was built by contributions from the Communidade of the village and the neighbouring villages. The church was burnt during the Muslim invasions, and the present Our Lady of Hope church was built in 1627, which was also burnt during the Maratha invasion in 1739. The repairs were done in the following years. Chinchinim also houses the Chapel of St. Sebastian, frequented by people of all religions for the last century. At the beginning of the twentieth century, there was a great plague in Goa, killing many in Chinchinim. A local doctor named Dr. Miguel de Loiola Furtado or simply Dotor Minglu worked tirelessly to save as many lives as he could, but then, the flu hit the village, and, his works seemed to be all in vain. At that time. he, along with the Vicar of the Church, got the "Lumanaria" started in homage to St. Sebastian, where on each day, one group of Chinchinim residents would take the Image of St. Sebastian to their homes and accompany it back to the church square with great pomp and reverence. The flu cleared out, and many people were saved, while Dotor Minglu died in the epidemic, ironically, while he was the leader fighting it. After his death, the Lumanirias continued, however, of the days kept for each group of Chinchinim residents, now segregated by wards, one day was reserved for the family and relatives of Dotor Minglu. Dotor Minglu is also known for his daughter and eldest son, who were Goa's fearless writers, who haunted both, the Portuguese rulers and the anti Portuguese. Their works related to Goa and how Goa laid at the centre of the Portuguese Empire. His son Mario de Loiola Furtado carried a news paper column "Manual de Rua" which means "Street guide" which awoke and enlightened many a Goan. He made Goans realise that they were not ruled by the Portuguese, but, they ruled Portugal. Their votes counted in deciding who ruled Portugal and in Portugal's and the colonies' destiny. His Daughter Leonor, or Lulita as she was known, took journalism to new levels as far as Goans and Ladies are concerned, with the family publication, "India Purtuguesa". His second son Dr. Alvaro, as the last president of the Partido Indiano and as the brains behind Jack Sequeira in the United Goans Party, was instrumental in assuring Goa's identity, at a time when a few Goans tried to get Goa merged into neighbouring Maharashtra. In football, Chinchinim has produced some of India's greatest football sons.


As of 2001 India census,[2] Chinchinim had a population of 7033. Males constitute 47% of the population and females 53%. Chinchinim has an average literacy rate of 75%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with male literacy of 77% and female literacy of 73%. 9% of the population is under 6 years of age.

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