February 08, 2023
Magha 19, 1944
After the successful completion of the “Goa Gram Sampurna Yatra” in November last year the Governor of Goa Shri P. S. Sreedharan Pillai has announced the commencement of a “Goa Simik Daiz Yatra ” related to ancient and old heritage trees of Goa. So far Raj Bhavan has identified 31 such trees which are spread over various talukas of Goa. These trees reflect the deep spiritual and cultural bonds of the local communities with nature and have been worshiped and protected by the people over the centuries. They also constitute an integral part of the folk culture and socio-cultural association of people with nature and environment. Governor is keen to learn about the rich eco-cultural traditions behind these sacred and other trees.
This new yatra will commence on February 09, 2023 in the morning at Parthagal Mutt, Poinguinim wherein stands a giant Banyan tree which is believed to be at least 2000 years old and can encompass about a thousand people in its shade. Governor will be offering prayers at this tree. This will be followed by a visit to Shristhal, Canacona where stands a sacred Shidam (Jarmal tree). This is a huge, tall and age-old tree and is respected and worshiped by the local people.
The remaining trees will be covered in phases over a period of time and the programs in this regard will be announced periodically by the Raj Bhavan.