Kon: म्हापशें mhāpaśēna

‘Large Land Grant’  [Mahapasaita] – Town/Capital

From Skt: mahā, ‘great’, ‘large’; and Mar: pasaita, ‘land grant (in return for services)’.

Mahapasaita was clearly too much of a mouthful for the Portuguese. They called it Mabussa and then Mapuça. Pasaita or service lands were given to village servants, craftsmen or officers in return for employment.

Mapusa had a well deeveloped Gaunkari or Community Farming System, where villages formed cooperatives, shared community land and divided profits among themselves. Mapusa was a central marketplace for produce from all parts of the region.

Mapusa in the HQ/Capital of Bardez Taluka in North Goa District.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Goa place names.


Friday market in Mapusa   Aaron C