Know About The centuries-old pillar ‘Pelourinho Novo’ higher often known as ‘Hathkatro Khambo’
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Old Goa on the banks of the Mandovi River, Old Goa or Velha Goa (Velha is pronounced as Vell-yea in Portuguese) means Old in Portuguese) was founded in the 15th century by the Adil Shahi dynasty of Bijapur and is said to be in its form with Lisbon rivaled splendor as the future capital of the Portuguese.
Ancient Goa in India was known as the “Rome of the East” thanks to its magnificent churches. Today only half a dozen impressive churches and cathedrals and a fragment of a portal have survived.
Do you know about Hath Katro Khamb
The centuries-old column ‘Pelourinho Novo’, better known as ‘Hathkatro Khambo’, is located in Old Goa, near the church complex, which is a World Heritage Site.
It is a fascinating column from the Kadamba period, which was probably built in the 12th-13th centuries. It was built in the 16th century and was part of the temple relic at the time.
‘Hat Katro Khambo’ is referred to as in Konkani, hat means hand, Ktro means cutting, and Khambo as a pillar, which roughly translates as a pillar in which hands were cut.
Some people say the reason for this name may have been because in the olden days petty criminals were reported and punished by cutting off one of their hands.
Historians claim that the freedom fighters were tied to the pillar by Portuguese rulers and then tortured.
Hatkatro Khamb is in the same area where Christians do justice to Xavier whom they treat as a saint.
This column is still a witness to the extreme oppression of Portuguese rulers by Hindus in Goa. but it is in very bad shape today.
The condition of this ‘Hatkatro Khaamb’ is very poor. The two chains on the sides were pulled out and taken away by someone. There is no fence around this ‘Khaamb’ for its protection. No plaque was set up there explaining the history of this “Khaamb”.
Several people fought valiantly against the Portuguese tyrant regime. Their hundreds of descendants still live in Goa today. Some of them settled in other states after losing everything in such a fight. These families in other states still feel very close to Goa. Ref: Declare the ‘Hatkatro Khamb’ in Goa as a national monument!