Photos: Ancient Goa through the eyes of photographer Pantaleão Fernandes

Eighteen years ago, Pantaleão Fernandes, a civil engineer, quit his construction business to explore the villages of Goa and pursue

Published on Mar 04, 2022 03:16 PM IST 7 Photos

This stone icon with a decorative panel depicting the goddess Gajalakshmi sits in a sacred grove in Kudshe village, Sattari. It finds mention in photographer Pantaleão Fernandes’s latest book, Outdoor Museums of Goa, which focuses on forgotten historical artefacts that dot the state. (Photo courtesy Pantaleão Fernandes)

Fernandes (L), seen here with traditional painter Mario Ratos from Benaulim, quit his construction business 18 years ago to tour Goa’s villages and pursue his passion for photography. He has since published seven books showcasing his work. Ratos featured in his 2015 book, Traditional Occupations of Goa. (Photo courtesy Pantaleão Fernandes)

Fernandes spotted this dolmen, a prehistoric tombstone consisting of three vertical megaliths topped by a horizontal one, near a temple in Agonda in South Goa. Despite being a marker for important ancient graves, the dolmen wasn’t protected and not many locals knew its significance, he says.(Photo courtesy Pantaleão Fernandes)


A hero stone commemorates the bravery of a local man who died trying to safeguard his village, Pedem in Canacona. The lower panels show the elaborate funeral of the village hero while the top panel is dedicated to goddess Gajalakshmi, flanked by two elephants. (Photo courtesy Pantaleão Fernandes)

Sati stones serve as memorials to women who committed the traditional self-immolation following the death of their spouse. Local legend has it that this stone was erected in memory of a local queen, who set herself on fire after she learnt of her husband’s death. Her ashes were immersed in the Kushawati river, on whose banks this stone was erected. (Photo courtesy Pantaleão Fernandes)