A Pond, Temple & Portuguese-era Railway Station

A Pond, Temple & Portuguese-era Railway Station

Calem, also known as Kalem or Kalay, is home to natural diversity and man-made marvels.

Housing a population of around 5,000 persons, Calem lies at a distance of 64.2km from Panaji, on the Curchorem-Ponda route, and is situated in Sanguem taluka. The village is protected by the grand Dongurlem hill range and is traversed by the Calem river.

The village has the famous water body called Vaigond (Tollem), the majestic Kalanath temple, and the Portuguese-built railway station. Kalanath temple is regarded by its residents as the gram devta (village deity). “The origins of the village name is attributed to this place of worship. The sons and daughters of Calem believe that the village name has been derived from Kalanath temple,” says Gokuldas Khutkar of Khutkar Wada.

The tribal community, known as Dhangar Samaj, who live in the village, are famous as cultivators of banana, sweet potato and papaya. Read More…

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