Velim, Goa

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Velim is located in Goa
Velim is located in India
Location in Goa, India
Coordinates: 15°09′52″N 73°58′33″E / 15.1644°N 73.9759°E / 15.1644; 73.9759Coordinates: 15°09′52″N 73°58′33″E / 15.1644°N 73.9759°E / 15.1644; 73.9759[1]
Country  India
State Goa
District South Goa
Sub-district Salcete
 • Type Gram Panchayat
Elevation 9 m (30 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 5 955[2]


 • Official Konkani
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 403723
Vehicle registration GA

Velim (Konkani: वेळ्ळी) is a large village of Salcete sub-district, South Goa district, in the Indian state of Goa.


Velim is located at 15°9′52″N 73°58′33″E / 15.16444°N 73.97583°E / 15.16444; 73.97583. It has an average elevation of 9 m (30 ft).[1]


Velim village has population of 5 955 of which 2 805 are males while 3 150 are females as per Population Census 2011. The population is predominantly Catholic Christian and there are also a few number of Hindus living here. The people of Velim often refer to themselves as Vellikar or Velimcar.[2]


About 'Velliapura' present day Velim, Goa is written by world renowned Historian George M. Moraes in Kadamba Kula [3], the history of Ancient and Medieval Karnataka. Jayakesi son of Shashtha-Deva was a very powerful ruler [4][5] mentioned in a stone inscription of Kadamba king Jayakesi I dated 1054 CE as 'Panjanakhani' .[6] , giving him the epithet of Padavalendra which is Kannada for 'lord of the western ocean'. 12th century copper carvings tell us that princes and lords from neighbouring kingdoms traveled in to Chandrapura present day Chandor to pay homage to Kadamba Jayakesi who was the Sovereign of Konkan. “ Velliapura Viragal ” at 'Xavierian Research Centre' tell that Jayakesi himself in a battle with his rival to retain this place Velliapura won a decisive victory, which was his southern capital. According to their resource after the 1266/1345, 16th Octomber massacre the surviving Queen 'Vinomaih devi' moved away from the furious Mohammedans in Chandrapura and was taken into hiding in this Velliapura royal compound by the foothills of Velim. The inscription stones in Kannada found at Velim site tell that Suriya-Deva'1345CE slain-ed sovereign of Chandrapura ' his Queen 'Vinomaih-devi' died and was cremated in Velliapura by her nephew Jayeshi, son of ShankaraDeva/grandson of Purandara Deva.

Velliapura' Southern headquarters of Kadambas of Goa-(late 1700's - hand painting)
1317/1396AD Kannada Stone inscriptions - announcing the death of ‘Venomai-Devi’, Queen to ‘Sruiya-Deva’, Chandrapura

'Velliapura palace' is the residence of the modern day descendants of Kadamba Dynasty. This place is very well known to small number of members of the Coterie who come across the Ghats to Velliapura present day Velim every year as pilgrim.

Roqui Santan a native of Velim was a prominent Goan Thinker, Freedom Fighter, law maker, Parliamentarian and Goan Catholics . Following the end of Portuguese rule in 1961, Goa was placed under military administration headed by Lt. Gen. Candeth as Lt. Governor. But on 8 June 1962, military rule was replaced by civilian government when the Lt. Governor nominated an informal Consultative Council of 29 nominated members to assist him in the administration of the territory. Shri.RoquiSantan an influential member of the native Veliapura royal family Velim, Goa but was a reluctant royal opposed the nominations. Still recovering from grave wounds he suffered from Portuguese gun battles, on June 10th 1962 RoquiSantan went on fast unto death, “Satyagraha” in front of Historical Camara Municipal de Salcete. Thousands of Goans demonstrated, closed down streets and shouted slogans against the Lt. Governor. Three days into it Prime Minister Nehru intervened into this first ever post-liberation Goan unrest and persuaded him to end his Satyagraha with a promise to fulfill his demand. The next day Mr. Nehru send his close friend Mr.Gopal Handoo to Velim, Goa to meet this Prince of Goa. In the presence of his father Mr.Ave Leao, Roqui Santan proposed Equality in Election and Democracy as promised in the Preamble and Constitution of India for Goans by marking Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies. After his meet with PM Nehru in New Delhi the mega process for democracy in Goa was started and the previous civil service was soon restored [7], immediately Goa's first polls were held on 9 December 1963 even though Goa did not belong to India and for this Shri RoquiSantan is popularly know as 'Father of Goan Democracy'[8]. It was only after the Luso-Indo treaty that Goa became a part of India. That too the treaty was not in consultations with the Goans, the indigenous people. Goa celebrates "Liberation Day" on 19 December every year, which is also a state holiday. After the passing away of the 41st descendant 'RoquiSantan in January of 2007 his eldest son Sajayadeva was pronounced as the 42nd successor to this Kadamba history by their Coterie and confirmed by Goodwill of Royal States.

RoquiSantan was elected twice as member of the Goa Legislative Assembly from this home constituency [9] and was the recipient of prestigious 'Tambra Patra National Award' at the hands of PM Indira Gandhi for his outstanding role in Goa's freedom.


  1. ^ a b "Velim, India Page", Falling Rain Genomics, Inc, retrieved 2017-07-06 
  2. ^ a b C. Chandramouli (2015) [2010–11], "Velim Population – South Goa, Goa", Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India, Government of India, Census Organization of India, retrieved 2017-07-06 
  3. ^ "K Kula Velliapura inscriptions pg 181 190 317 384". Retrieved 8 Jan 2018. 
  4. ^ Title: Gazetteer of the Union Territory Goa, Daman and Diu: district gazetteer, Volume 1; Publisher: Gazetteer Dept., Govt. of the Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu, 1979 (Original from the University of Michigan, Digitised: 30 August 2008)
  6. ^ De Souza, Teotonio R. (1990). Goa Through the Ages: An economic history, Volume 2. Concept Publishing Company. p. 129. ISBN 9788170222590. 
  7. ^ "Nehru's meet promise" (PDF). Retrieved 10 Jan 2018. 
  8. ^ "RoquSantana anniversary observed". Retrieved 10 Jan 2018. 
  9. ^ "RoquSantan" (PDF). Retrieved 10 Jan 2018. 


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