AnjunaAnjuna () is a village located on the coast of North Goa, India. It is a Census Town, one of the twelve Brahmin comunidades of Bardez. It is mostly a tourist destination.
Its church, St. Michael's Church, Anjuna, founded in 1595, is dedicated to S. Miguel, and celebrates the feasts of S. Miguel (29 September) and Nossa Senhora Advogada (second week of January). There are three large chapels in the parish: the one to S. Antonio (Praias), to Nossa Senhora de Saude (Mazalvaddo), and to Nossa Senhora de Piedade (Grande Chinvar). The chapel at Vagator became the church of the new parish of Vagator, dedicated to S. Antonio, in the twentieth century.
HistoryLike all of Goa, Anjuna was long held by the Portuguese. In 1950, it had a population of 5,688, and in 2011 it had 9,636.
Historian Teresa Albuquerque, reports that the village's name is derived from the Arabic word 'Hanjuman' (meaning merchant guild). Other say, it comes from an Arabic word for "change" - as people were arriving at Anjuna from the sea, and were looking to change money.
It was discovered by the hippies during the 60's, then was a center of backpackers and trance parties lovers, and lately became a popular destination for young big-city Indians.
ActivitiesAnjuna is famous for its trance parties held on the beach during the tourist season (October - April).
Anjuna also hosts the famous flea market (Every Wednesday) and (every Saturday) where products from all over India can be purchased, as well as from foreigners, ranging from fruits to jewellery, clothes, hashish and electronic devices. On Wednesdays they have day market which starts from morning and ends at 7:30pm and on Saturday they have night market.
Anjuna BeachAnjuna Beach is a beach in Goa, which is located 18 kilometres away from Panaji and 8 kilometres to the west of Mapusa, North Goa. It is situated in Anjuna village of Bardez taluka in North Goa. The beach is the part of a 30 kilometres extended beach coastline along the west coast of Goa by the Arabian sea.
Attractions close to Anjuna Beach include Anjuna's flea market and Chapora Fort.