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Mapusa River is a tributary of the river Mandovi in Goa. The river originates from the jungle called Dumacem and Amthane, moving eastwards and then southwards. Finally it ends in the Mandovi River at Penha de Franca (Bardez). Mapusa city is situated 12 Kms from Mapusa River. The word Mapusa is derived from the Konkoni words for ‘measure’ and ‘fill’ and is therefore indicative of the town and river’s commercial nature. According to historians, much before the Portuguese arrived in Goa, Mapusa had a well-developed community farming system.
The church that stands at the point where the Mapusa River and Mandovi River meet, is located on the river bank of the Mandovi. Ana de Azavedo, a devotee of Nosa Senhore de Penha de Franca in Portugal left all her assets to the Francis and the church was built on her property, hence the name ‘Penha de Franca’.
The river Mapusa has separated Corjuem from mainland Aldona. The Amthane Dam lays 24 Kms from Mapusa, 37 Kms from Panaji and 67kms from Margao. The Mapusa River is one of the main tributaries of the river Mandovi in Goa. In the upper parts of the Sattari valley, the Mapusa River is referred to as the Mhadei, which in English translates to ‘great mother’. It flows approximately 20 kilometers in a westward direction, reaching a point of joining the Kandepar River at Bembol (Bicholim) from where on it is known as Mandovi till it meets the Arabian Sea just ahead of Panaji.
The Mapusa River is a branch of Mandovi River and has been in existence for thousands of years. It has been used for transportation and Mapusa town is located on the banks of the Mapusa River. Mapusa is Goa’s third largest town and also the capital of the northern Bardez Taluka. The town, known for its Friday markets, attracts thousands of tourists every year. Locals and tourists alike flock to the weekly market, transforming this otherwise small town into a major hub of North Goa. Every Friday, almost every square inch of space in Mapusa market is occupied by sellers with stalls offering almost every product imaginable. From a fish market, to fresh fruit and vegetables, to beans and pulses, the market offers a vast variety of fresh produce.
In recent years, this river has appeared in the news due to the garbage being offloaded by offshore casinos which adversely affects the marine life and is slowly fuelling the rise to water-borne diseases. Mapusa River has been used as a common method to transport agricultural products and spices since ancient times. The town of Mapusa is the largest town located on the banks of the river Mapusa.
The Mapusa River helps sustain the many wildlife conservation forests. These include the Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary and Molem National Park and lastly Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary. The entire area of Sattari taluka depends on the waters of Mapusa for its agriculture. Mapusa River flows past Panaji town and supports vast areas of fertile lands that lie between Sirgao and Penha de France.
The Mapusa River enters Goa close to Khanapur border just below Sosodurg (named Dara Singha peak on the Karnataka side). This river enters Goa on the highest peak in Goa. In the upper part of the river in Sattari valley, it is called the Mhadei and flows for approximately 20 km westward until it reached Bembol, where it joins with the Kandepar River. From here onwards the river is referred to as the Mandovi until it falls into the Arabia Sea.
Originating in the Guirim, this tributary of the Mapusa River flows northeast for 17 km and joins the Mapusa River at Sircaim.
The area of Sattari is filled with several streams flowing from the Western Ghats from the state of Maharashtra in the north and Karnataka in the west. The four main streams are Surla, Volvonta, Kotrach Nadi and Ragoda. Surla River originates in the forests of Surla and Kankumbi in the Western Ghats of Karnataka. Kalasa nala joins the Surla River before it enters Goa. Two further streams join Surla River in Sattari- the Mandrichi Nadi and Deuchi Nadi. The Surla River joins the Mapusa River near the village of Nanode.
This stream begins from the forests of Golali and Ivrem-Budruck, flowing southwards and joining the Mapusa River at Velguem in Sattari.
Originating in the western ghat, it flows in a north-western direction over a distance of 35 Kms, before joining the Mapusa River at Guleli.
Kumbhtol (10.5km), Patwal (10km), Zarme (11.5 km), Khotodem (9.5 km) and Advoi (8km) are other important streams that join the Mapusa River in Sattari.