As reported by Supriya Vohra, a village in the western Indian state can be visible for only a month in Goa part – for 11 months, it disappears under water. And when the water level decreases, the people originally living there, come together to celebrate their home.
The village was once a thriving village in south-eastern Goa.The village was nestled between two hills in the Western Ghats with the Salaulim river.In 1986, the villagers as its residents knew it ceased to exist. The village finally submerged when a dam was created.
But in may every year the village comes to view and is safe for the time being. Cracked earth, broken trees, religious structures, broken remains of household items, water canals in ruins, and miles of barren ground criss-crossing with water bodies.
The once fertile land with up to about 3000 population of people used to thrive in itself.Hindus, Muslims and Christians and so on lived together. There was a main temple, several smaller temples, and a particular temples for particular religion.But things drastically changed after Goa was liberated from the Portuguese.
“When we came to the new village we had absolutely nothing,” says Inacio Rodrigues. His was amongst the first few families to shift in 1982. It took time for the migrated residents to build what they had lost from the scrap.
Mr Kurdikar and other residents, comprising more than 600 families, were forced to relocate, after the construction of the dam, to nearby villages but were given what they needed.
Supriya Vohra is an independent journalist based in Goa.