Shiroda, Goa

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Shiroda Market
Shiroda Market
Shiroda is located in Goa
Shiroda is located in India
Coordinates: 15°19′45″N 74°01′38″E / 15.3292°N 74.0271°E / 15.3292; 74.0271Coordinates: 15°19′45″N 74°01′38″E / 15.3292°N 74.0271°E / 15.3292; 74.0271
Country India
DistrictSouth Goa
 • Total3.15 km2 (1.22 sq mi)
9 m (30 ft)
 • Total14,112
 • Density4,457/km2 (11,540/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Area code(s)08343

Shiroda is a village in Ponda Taluka in South Goa District, Goa, India. The village has a population of 14,112 (Male: 6,928 Female: 7,184) based on 2001 Census data.[2]


A 13-km drive from Ponda brings you into Shiroda. It is located 36 kilometres east of the state capital Panaji, via NH4A.[3] The village is bordered by the Zuari river on side and the villages of Bethora, Panchawadi, Nirankal and Borim on the other.[4]


Shiroda houses one of the engineering colleges of Goa, Shree Rayeshwar Institute of Engineering and Information Technology and two colleges of Alternative medicine, the Gomantak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya & Research Centre and Shri Kamaxshi Devi Homeopathic Medical College & Hospital.[4]

History and religious importance[edit]

The name "Shiroda" is derived from "Shivanath", which translates to "Drawn from god".

Shiroda is very popular for its Kamakshi Temple. People visit this temple on Amavasya or New moon day of every month. Every year on the day of Shivaratri, a grand temple festival or zatra is held which is attended by thousands of devotees from Goa as well as Karnataka and Maharashtra. Other temples include Ravalnath (which is situated in Shiroda market) Hanuman, Mahamaya, Madhav, Veer Bhadra, Betal, Shivnath, Narayan Dev, Kelbai Sateri, Kshetrapal, Mahamaya, Brahma Durga, Bhagwati and Mandaleshwara. The village's oldest temple is Mandaleshwar, which was built in the eight century and houses the village deity (gram devta). Near the Madhav temple lies the holy place made of stone and mud, called Vato. It now lies in ruins.

Shiroda has a church situated in Karai, namely St. Joseph Church, which holds Goa biggest cross.

Shiroda community celebrates Shigmo, Dhendlo, carnival and; Dasara which is a day later then whole Goa's Dasara festival. The Dasara starts at Betal Temple and then proceeds to Valpeshwar Temple and then to Ravalnath Temple.[4]


According to the 2011 Census, Shiroda has a population of about 14,000, with 21% belonging to the Scheduled tribes and 2% to the Scheduled castes. About 38% of the population belongs to the working class. 88% of the population is literate.[2]


  • Shree Mandaleshwar Temple: The village's oldest temple, its zatra is held in November every year. The building was built in the 7th-8th century, and the courtyard, devoted to Lord Shiva, displays the original dome of the temple.
  • Shri Kamakshi Temple: Located in Thal Wada
  • St Joseph’s Church: Situated at Karai, it was built in 1782 and its feast is on May 1.
  • Papal Cross: Goa's largest cross, it completed 25 years on 25th September, 2016. It was built for an altar that hosted the holy mass by Pope John Paul II 6th February, 1986.
  • Ancestral House of Hedes: Named 'Macao', this 125-year old structure is situated at Shenvi Wada. One of the village schools is named after Rajaram Hede's wife, Kamalabai.[4]

Famous residents[edit]

  • Late Vithal Nagesh Shirodkar (1899-1971): This obstetrician and gynaecologist innovated with the technique called Cervical Cerclage or Shirodkar Cerclage.
  • Late Dr Sakharam Gude: Charged his patients nominal fees till 1985
  • Late Chandrakant Kenkre: A freedom fighter
  • Late Menakabai Shirodkar: A classical singer and dancer
  • Late Shobha Gurtu: Popularised the Thumri genre. Menakabai Shirodkar was her mother.
  • Late Mahendra Naik: A classical singer
  • Subhash Shirodkar: MLA of Siroda constituency
  • Dr Gauri Shirodkar: This hoemopath teaches at Shri Kamaxidevi Homeopathic Medical College & Hospital
  • Mahadev Hede: Attorney at Shiroda village communidade
  • Chandrakant Hede: Principal (retired) of Dr Sakharam Gude High School
  • Mahesh Paranjape: Priest at Mandaleshwar temple and teacher of Sanskrit at Bhatikar Model High School, Margao
  • Santosh V Naik: A teacher at St Joseph’s High School, Shiroda, he produces shows for Doordarshan
  • Anacleto Gracias: Retired vice-principal, Shiroda Higher Secondary School
  • Anil Naik: Cricketeer, coaching at Goa Cricket Association
  • Sudesh Bhosle: Playback singer for Bollywood
  • Late Shantaram Hede: Professor from before Goa's Liberation[4]


  1. ^ "Pin Code: Shiroda, North Goa, Goa, India". Retrieved 17 Feb 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Siroda Village". Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  3. ^ "Shiroda Village". Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  4. ^ a b c d e Mendis, Isidore (Dec 22, 2017). "Home to temples of learning & worship". The Times of India. Retrieved 2019-01-14.