Located 13 km away from state capital Panaji, Mapusa is the headquarters of the Bardez taluka. It is the third largest city in Goa and a major commercial center in the North Goa district. The name Mapusa is supposed to be a derivative of the Konkani words 'Maap' meaning measure and 'Sa' which means to fill up. Legend has it that the Mapusa town has the blessings of Lord Bodhgeshwar who has a temple dedicated to him.
The Mapusa town itself is beret of any significant travel and tourism
potential and is more well-known as the gateway to Goa's most
fascinating beaches. The scenic beaches of Calagunte, Anjuna and Vagator
are situated nearby Mapusa. There are also a number of imposing forts
such as the Aguada fort, Reis Magos fort and the 500-year old Chapora
Mapusa is synonymous with its famous Friday market. On every Friday
this sleepy town wakes up to a festive atmosphere with people from
nearby areas turning up with their products. From sausages to dried
fish, from straw hats to spices, a vast array of products is put up for
sell by local vendors. Bargaining is the mantra here and you must be
able to see through extravagant claims by shop owners.