Bigfoot, Ponda, Goa
Ancestral Goa is situated in Loutolim which is 20minutes drive from Margao and is also called “BIG FOOT”. This is first of its kind in India, an Open air Museum-cum-parkland spread over 9 acres depicting the culture and tradition of rural Goa around 200 years ago, in the form of life size statues and Structures.
The museum has many sections with the reception and Parashuram, The Legendary Lord who is the avtar of Lord Vishnu is believed to have created the land of Goa by shooting an arrow from the Sahyadri mountains into the Arabian Sea.
The museum also has fisherman-Victorin, cowsged and Haystack. Then come the Bhatti- Jaki’s distillery where Goa’s famous “Feni” and “Urak” is distilled.
Then Boco-de-Vaca: The spring water has a lot of medicinal values. Then the potter-Nandu, The carperter-Inas, and the Shepherd-krish. The Craft Village where craftsmen are busy working on his ware.
Then comes the flower-seller, Basket Weaver, Bangle seller, Gram seller, The Cobbler and Tinto, which is a market place where fresh food products are sold.
Then Anand’s House, Music school of Maestre Cloude, Posro, the general stores or a shop, Taverna , the Country liquour shop made of stone and mud. Then Goan Farmer, Fowl-Path,The Hutch.
The Legend of the Big Foot : Anyone stepping on it pure at heart will be blessed with goodluck. Then there is a Bird Display, Old Warrior, Cave- Water Station.
India’s Longest Laterite Sculpture: This sant Mirabai sculpture measuring 14 meters by 5 meters was done by Maendra Jocelino Araujo Alvares in just 30 days. The sculpture shows influence of the Gandhara School, The kumkum on the forehead, the armlet, pattli on her wrists and the paisona around her anckles give the sculpture a characteristic Goan appeal. This monolitic stylised Laterite sculpture of Santa Mirabai in 30days to make it a record for the Limca Book being the India’s Longest Laterite Sculpture.
Then there is a Fruit and Spice Garden, Big foot Art Gallery and a Bookstall and Handicraft Display where bamboo and cane, clay and terracotta, toys, souvenirs etc are displayed.
This is open on all days and entry fee of Rs.20/- for adults and Rs.10/- for children are collected.