Curdi – A submerged village that rises once a year
One fine day, I was just going through the new feeds on Instagram and I came across few posts that were about a village that appears only once a year in Goa. Residing in Goa for over 15 years, I had never heard about this place. I quickly made up my mind to visit this place before the monsoons.
Apart from sea and sun, Goa has many historical places and Curdi village is one of them. Curdi, a village in Sanguem Taluka was submerged by the Selaulim Dam project back in the 1970s. It is only in the hot summer month of May that the waters recede enough for parts of Curdi village to rise again. It is in this month that some original villagers of Curdi make a pilgrimage here again, to celebrate the feast of a little chapel that still stands on the hill, just above the water line.
The mud walls of some houses still stand strong; the rammed earth has hardened into a stone-like mass. Pieces of clay roof tiles and shards of pottery lie around, giving the place an appearance of an archaeological dig. And yet, although it is only for a month, new shoots of grass emerge on the dry cracked bed.
Shree Someshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is also located in the village of Curdi and is the only structure that remains intact even after the whole village was submerged. In recent time Shree Someshwar temple and Curdi village is one of the best tourist spot in Goa during May month, but being isolated many people are unaware about this village, as it is totally surrounded by water all the year. Therefore every year Curdi people celebrate utsav at Someshwar temple to recollect their memories and love for their ancestral place.
After the dam project was planned, the villagers of the affected areas were offered compensation and relocation. The Curdikars moved to Vaddem and Valkinim, two hamlets near Sanguem town. Soon the storm clouds of June will come, the rains will lash the land, and Curdi will return to the embrace of deep waters.
Guest Writer: Pauline D’Mello