Raj Bhavan


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Raj Bhavan is known as the Official Residence of the Governor of Goa and is situated around 7.4 km from Bambolim in Panaji. It is located on the confluence of two perennial rivers, Mandovi and Zuari that form the rim of the water space.
Legend states that during the Portuguese regime, this edifice was called as the Palacio do Cabo. Soon after the liberation of Goa, it was converted into the official residence of the Lt. Governor of the Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu and named as Cabo Raj Niwas. It was renamed as Raj Bhavan after Goa received statehood in 1987.

Presently, the ground floor of Raj Bhavan has offices of the Governor, OSD to Governor, Secretary to Governor and ADC to Governor. It also has a Darbar Hall which is the official reception area used for organising official ceremonies. Besides, tourists can also visit the museum by taking special permission from the ADC office.

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Placio do Cabo Now Raj Bhavan

The official residence of the governor of Goa, known as "Raj Bhavan", is located at the extreme end of a narrow cape jutting into the Arabian Sea. Situated on the rim of the water-space formed by the merging of the perennial rivers of Mandovi, on one side, and Zuari, on the other, into the Arabian Sea, it is one of the Palaces of historical and architectural significance and antiquity in Goa. Earlier, during the Portuguese regime, it was the Official Residence of the Governors-General, which was then known as "Palacio do Cabo". Later, it was the Official Residence of the Lt. Governors of the Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu, under the name of "Cabo Raj Niwas", which name it retained till Goa was given the status of a State in 1987. The Raj Bhavan is a double-storeyed structure of great dimensions and architectural significance. While the ground floor consists of the Office Chamber and The Residence of His Excellency the Governor, and a few Guest Suites, the first floor occupies the Durbar Hall, Conference Hall, Banquet Hall, the main Kitchen and some additional Guest Suites and Rooms. The palace is full of antique items to enhance the beauty, walls are decorated with large mirrors and painting of a Fisherman by Francisco Jose Rezende. A row of verandahs elevated on pillars on the rear side, overlook the Mandovi River to the right, the Zuari River to the left, and the Arabian sea. At one corner of the Raj Bhavan, there is a beautiful Chapel which is about 500 years old. The Chapel, which has always formed part of the Raj Bhavan, is open for the Morning Mass on all Sundays, as also on Christmas and Easter. On the eve of Chapel Festival on 15th August doors are open for all religious groups and devotees, otherwise normal days entry remains restricted, it also have a Grotto, a place of worship. The Altar in this Grotto, which is installed in a cage cut out of a rock, is dedicated to St. Paula, whose sculpture lies in a recumbent position. There is a belief that those who offer a prayer here, will have their wishes fulfilled. Anyway if someone wishes to enter then he has to visit on mass prayers time or on 15th of August.

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