Igreja de São José Pernem (1855)
|• Total||4 km2 (2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||6 m (20 ft)|
|• Density||1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)|
|• Also Spoken||English, Portuguese|
|• Dominant||Hinduism 93.13%|
|• Minor||Christianity 5.08%|
|• Historical||Roman Catholicism|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Pernem is located at an average elevation of 47 metres (154 ft). Pernem is one of the twelve sub-districts of Goa. Pernem sub-district consists of twenty village panchayats and one municipality (Pernem city). Pernem sub-district is surrounded by Vengurla and Sawantwadi sub-districts of Sindhudurga to the north, Dodamarg sub-district of Sindhudurga to the east, Bardez and Bicholim to the south and the Arabian sea to the west.
As of the 2011 India census[update], Pernem Municipal Council has population of 5,021 of which 2,557 are males while 2,464 are females.Population of Children with age of 0-6 is 402 which is 8.01% of total population of Pernem (M Cl). In Pernem Municipal Council, Female Sex Ratio is of 964 against state average of 973. Moreover Child Sex Ratio in Pernem is around 836 compared to Goa state average of 942. Literacy rate of Pernem city is 91.19% higher than state average of 88.70%. In Pernem, Male literacy is around 94.65% while female literacy rate is 87.64%.
Igreja de São José
A Chapel in Pernem was built in 1852 by the Portuguese after their successful Novo Conquistas campaign. It was elevated into a Parish on January 02, 1855. St. Joseph Church, Pernem was rebuilt in 1864. The Parish was renovated in 2002. The Parish has 5 substations constituted of 11 Small Christian Communities. Currently, Fr. Camilo Simoes is appointed as the Parish Priest.
Pernem is famous for Dussehra. On the day of Kojarari Pournima a big feast is organised. People from Maharashtra, Goa and Karanataka visit Pernem . People visit temples like Adisthan Mangar, Bhagawati, Rawalnath, Sateri, Dwarpal, Mauli, Gautameshwar, Narayan, Mulvir, Maruti and Shri Nagnath. This is one of the biggest feasts of Goa.
There is no major source of income in the sub-district. The sub-district market does not attract too many people from around the area. Most of the people depend on other regions for employment. Pernem consists of around 200 small enterprises. Thursday weekly market is exceptional, which is the second largest in North Goa.
Viscount of Pernem High School, Shree Bhagwati High School and St Joseph High school are 3 high schools, 1 Govt Higher Secondary, 1 Govt college of arts and commerce and 1 ITI. For higher education in Science, Engineering and Medicine students have to go to other cities.
There are two waterfalls in Pernem. one, in Mauli Temple area at Sarmale and another at Mulvir Temple area at Malpe.
Pernem is well connected by road and the Konkan railway. Pernem railway station is the first railway station in Goa for inbound trains from Mumbai. Mandovi Express, Konkan Kanya Express and Goa Sampark Kranti Express halt here. National Highway 17 passes through this area which connects it to Bombay and Mangalore.
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