Posts about the events in and around Manickpur.

Vasai Fort City Heritage Walk


When: Sunday, 2nd October 2016

Time: 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM

RSVPVasai Fort City Heritage Walk Facebook Event


An Half day event were, Group interested in Numismatics, Archaeology and History will walk around talking about stories related to the History of Vasai Fort. Pascal Roque Lopes who is a Masters in Numismatics & Archaeology and Researches around the Indo – Portuguese Maratha History will lead the group.

Pascal will guide the walk has his Articles on the Vasai Fort published in Maharashtra Unlimited which is a Maharashtra Tourism Department Magazine. And has conducted this event For Global and Local participants.

Review for the Fort Visit can also be read at About India Travel site Go India Vasai Fort Tour

More details are available on Window Of History

Vasai was initially occupied by the Bongle Raja in 1414 and then by the Bhadur Shah of Gujrat in 1530. Vasai fort city built by the Portuguese occupies 110 archers excluding villages around, in the 16th century there were 2400 soldiers, 300
Horses and 3000 residents, Knights, members of the Royal Family and artisans in the fort city. City because it has a church, hotel, hospital, granary, collage, chapel, library, Municipality, Townhall, Market, The increased trade and monetisation resulted in opening of a coin mint, literature was written in dnyaneshwari Marathi, it had an orphanage, a common bath pool, a court and Jail. International travellers got attracted and were able to travel to the sea port. Saint Francis Xavier whose body is in the Bom Jesus church’s in Goa visited the Vasai City Trice. It was finally take over by the Marathas in 1739. Later by the British after signing a treaty in 1802. ASI took control of the Monument using the Ancient Monument and Preservation Act, 1904.


  1. We will gather and assemble at the Vasai Fort , Near the Chimaji Appa statue 9 am to 9:15 am
  2. We will try to do a quick round up of one line to introduce yourself typically Name, Profession and why you are interested in the fort.
  3. Will introduce myself Pascal Lopes; explain the usage of the document we will use across the walk. And how you can use it for a self tour later.
  4. We will Target to begin the walk at 9:45 am
  5. We can take a Snacks / Tea break around 10:45
  6. Continue with the walk
  7. Wrap-up and closure 12:30 , with a buffer of 30 mins so Max 1:00 pm

Things good to have and wear

  1. Preferred a comfortable T-shirt , Sports Shoes, Tracks or comforting jeans
    ** That’s preferred for your comfort, you can come in whatever you are comfortable with
  2. Cap is a must. Sunglass if they help you
  3. Bottle of water ensure it does not make you feel loaded to carry around, sipping from a Half Liter bottle works.
  4. Sandwiches, and Snacks to ensure you don’t feel hungry, please maintain cleanliness.
  5. Torch sometimes needed, even the mobile torch works.
  6. In case you plan to write a page and pen
  7. Camera if Photography is your interest
    1. If you post photos on Face Book clearly mention if you don’t want other to use it, specify the copyright there. Most preferred if you don’t want people to use it put a copyright on the snap itself, so when they share you get the credit.
    2. If you are using photographs clicked by other person most appropriate directly share it, or ensure proper credit is given. Please don’t crop and use the photographs.
  8. A document related to the fort will be provided for your reference.
    The Heritage walk is a Service and no charges are taken it is to promote the Interest in the Vasai Fort.

Mode to Travel

  • If you are driving take the Western Express Highway diverge at the Vasai and follow the direction for the fort, Its Vasai West , in Vasai Gaon , Killabandar.
  • If you are taking train Vasai comes after Borivali, Dahisar, Mira Road, Bhayandar, Cross the Vasai Creek Bridge (See if you can spot the fort), Naigaon, Vasai Road Station
  • Get down near the bus depot
  • You can see Yellow colored Vasai Virar Mahanagarpalika buses take one coming to Killabandar
  • You can also take a Rikshaw everyone knows Vasai fort.

Thirst – Prayer For Youth


“Thirst” is a meditative Prayer for YOUTH, started in Manickpur in 2013.

THIRST Prayer – for Youth – completes ONE year. We offer this prayer for all the youth of Vasai Diocese, especially Youth of Manickpur Parish in THANKSGIVING to God for this grace of Prayer Service for last one year. This prayer service is organised by the Manickpur Youth Choir, specially chosen and called from among the Youth to work for the Youth and Hoping to be the Power House of Spirituality among the Youth. We pray during this prayer that “Our Youth may LOVE Jesus more and more and SERVE Humanity in and through the Church. May God bless all our Youth.

You are invited for this prayer – on Saturday 22 March, at 8:00 PM in St. Michael’s Church, Manickpur, Vasai.

Speeches on Parliamentary Democratic System


Samarthan an organization that strives to undertake consistent and dedicated efforts toward the establishment of a just society, as envisaged by the Constitution of India is conducting an event where eminent speakers will be speaking on Parliamentary Democratic System. Here is the list of speakers at the event.

  1. Ex Chief Minister and Speaker of Loksabha Manohar Joshi
  2. Senior MLA and Leader of BJP Sudhir Mungantiwar
  3. MLC and spokesperson for Shivsena Dr. Neelam Gorhe
  4. Senior MLA and Ex Minister Nawab Malik, Senior Leader of NCP
  5. Ex Minister Govindrao Adik
  6. Principal Secretary Of Legislature Dr. Anant Kalase
  7. Joint Secreatry U.K.Chavan

Venue: YMCA Hall, Manickpur Vasai (West).
When: Sunday, 2nd February
Time: 9AM onwards

Aptitude Tests – 2013 – Update: Cancelled

Eduation, Events

Once again, the Manickpur Education Welfare Fund has organized Aptitude Tests for school students from class 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12th. Here are the details.

Aptitude tests help to map a student’s personality and aptitude, and can provide
him/her with a sense of direction. If a student takes the aptitude tests when
he/she is in 9th standard to 12th standard, they can identify areas that need to be
improved upon, so that they increase their competence for a career of their
choice. Aptitude tests, can inform students of their proficiency in verbal and
numerical ability, abstract and mechanical reasoning, spatial reasoning, speed
and accuracy, and guide them towards possible and suitable career options
provided they are guided by experienced counselors.

Manickpur Education Welfare Fund is conducting Aptitude Assessment Tests in
association with St. Michael’s Church, Manickpur to help the students in career
planning. The tests will be conducted by a team from Prafulta Counseling Centre,

The cost of doing aptitude tests is Rs. 600/- per students, but Prafulta Counseling
centre has offered to do the tests for a nominal rate of Rs. 450/- for each student.

Details of which are as follows:

Date: 20th and 27th April 2013 (both days compulsory)
For: Students of Class 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
Time: 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Registration: Last date for registration is 15th April 2013 (Limited seats)

Update: The tests have been cancelled due to an unforeseen event.

Fr. Oscar Colaco Memorial Fast Season Speaker Series 2013


Lent is a Christian Season 40 days prior to Easter and is observed by Fasting, Repentance, and Spiritual discipline typically by Catholic community of Vasai with a purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ – his suffering, Sacrifice, life, death, burial and Resurrection.

The family members of Most Respected Late Father Oscar Colaco from Manickpur organizes Lent Period Fast season Speaker Series in his remembrance at St. Michael’s Church, Manickpur every year which attracts a crowd of more than 600 people per session across Vasai, with this year starting on 16th Feb, 2013 for next 5 Saturdays at 4PM. And addressing on Topics related to Discovery of Spiritual Life, Save the Girl Child, Parent Children Relation, Health care for Women, Social Cause, and Family Structure.

Prominent speakers like Padma Shri Doctor Tatya Lahane, Advocate Varsha Deshpande, Doctor Harish Shetty, Doctor Shweta Lata Koylo, Fr. Doctor John Fargos, Fr. Raymond Rumao will address the crowd.

Here is the programme structure.

Fr. Oscar Colaco

The Speaker series is arranged free for everyone and refreshment will be served by Father Oscar Colaco’s Family members Mr William Almeida, Marian Almeida, Rajesh T Menezes, MicPrashant Menezes, Pascal Roque Lopes, Kevin Menezes, Nilesh Menezes with great cooperation from Fr. John Faroz, Parish Priest of St Michael’s Church

Fr Oscar Colaco changed the fate of the Village of Umralla took his Priesthood in 1970 and Passed away in 1999. Honored by all as Great educationist, an Ardent sports lover, and Saint for people who know him Closely was the Principal of Fatima High School at Vidyavihar 1987 and 1993 and was Chairman of the IX Youth National Basketball Championship 1991, referred as the Peoples Priest by Fr. Francis Correa in his book Samvedi Kristi Samaj and Suvarta, a popular magazine in Vasai mentioned that he led his life like a good shepherd as mentioned in Bible.

VVTC Gets Rolling

Events, News

The Vasai-Virar Transport Corporation, the transport wing of the Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation started its own bus service in Vasai on Wednesday, 03rd October coinciding with the birthday of Hitendra Thakur.

The bus routes are as follows:

  • 101 – Vasai Road Railway Station (East) to Sativali
  • 102 – Vasai Road Railway Station (East) to Pelhar Fata
  • 103 – Vasai Road Railway Station (East) to Evershine City
  • 104 – Vasai Road Railway Station (East) to Vasant Nagri (Bhavani Park Chowk)
  • 105 – Vasai Road Railway Station (West) to Killabunder
  • 106 – Vasai Road Railway Station (West) to Sai Mandir, Navyug Nagar, Deewanman Nageshwar Mandir, Ambadi Road, 60ft Road
  • 107 – Vasai Road Railway Station (West) to 100ft Road, Sun City, DJ Nagar Garden, Samata Nagar Ganesh Mandir, Maitri Park, Ambadi Road
  • 108 – Vasai Road Railway Station (West) to Om Nagar, Dhuri Complex, Gokul Aangan, Krishna Township, Saptarshi Garden, Panchwati Naka
  • Vasai Road Railway Station (West) to Chulne Village via Manickpur Naka
  • Virar Railway Station (East) to Phoolpada
  • Virar Railway Station (East) to Jivdani
  • 201 – Chandansar to Vasai Court/Tasildar Office via Narangi Fata, VVMC Head Office, Virar Railway Station (East), Manvel Pada, Nagindas Pada, Tulinj, Achole Police Chowki, Achole Road, Vasant Nagri, Evershine City, Panchwati Naka, Ambadi Road, Manickpur Naka, Bhabola Naka, Papdy, Tamtalao, MSRTC Vasai Depot, G. G. College, Princess Park

Some pictures of the buses.

Vasai-Virar Trasnport Corporation RoutesVasai-Virar Trasnport Corporation

Vasai-Virar to have own bus service

Events, News

The burgeoning population of the Vasai-Virar municipal region living in far flung areas will no longer be burdened by the sharp hike in auto-rickshaw fares. For, the Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) is set to launch its first bus fleet in October.

The swanky new buses, 50 of which will first run on the Navghar-Manickpur Road route, will in due time expand to cover the entire Vasai-Virar region using its full capacity of 380 buses. Apart from bringing relief to the thousands staying at places far from the railway station and in villages, the bus service will give special concessions to students and senior citizens.

“The buses take their color from students, who are represented by the yellow while the green represents the greenery of the Vasai region, the area they will ply in,” said Bharat Gupta, Sabhapati Prabhag Samiti, Ward-D, VVMC. To be run and maintained by the Mumbai-based Bhagirath Corporation Pvt Ltd, which will dispense salaries of the conductors and drivers employed in their buses. Also, the firm will pay VVMC an annual revenue per bus.

Stating that “the demand for a bus service had gained momentum due to the sharp rise in commuters in the region, VVMC Mayor Rajeev Patil said, the bus service will be provided to people at cheap rates. “While initially, contractors will run the service, in the future we will undertake all its operations,” he added.

150 years of St. Gonsalo Garcia

Events, News

Catholics are getting ready for year-long programmes to commemorate the life of St Gonsalo Garcia, the first saint from India.

“We observed three days of spiritual reflections and a solemn high mass was held on Friday evening to commemorate 150 years of his elevation to sainthood,” said Vasai archbishop Felix Machado.

St Gonsalo was born in 1557 during the Portuguese colonial rule in Vasai and passed away in Japan in 1597.

According to some accounts, St Gonsalo was born in Gass village when the Portuguese held sway over Vasai (which was then called Bassein). Local historian Prof Regin D’Silva, who was collecting information in the Lisbon archives for his doctoral dissertation ‘Bassein under the Portuguese’, found documents describing St Gonsalo as ‘natural de Agacaim’, meaning born in the village of Agashi of Bassein.

Some claim that St Gonsalo’s father was Portuguese and his mother was from Vasai, others said both his parents were locals. Prof D’Silva said St Gonsalo spent eight years in the Vasai fort at and had a strong desire to be a Jesuit priest. A Jesuit priest, Sebastiao Gonsalves, was his guide and took him on an assignment to Japan at the age of 15. St Gonsalo learnt Japanese and began work in the mission. However, he could not join the Jesuit order and moved to Philippines as a lay missionary. He later joined the Franciscan order and worked in Japan.

“The Franciscan brothers had considerable clout in the Japanese court and went about preaching. Their growing power led to rivalry with the local Buddhist monks,” said D’Silva. This enmity led to the arrest of several Christian missionaries, including Brother Gonsalo Garcia. They were sentenced to death and crucified on a hill in Nagasaki on February 5, 1597. After an inquiry, Garcia and his companions known as ‘Nagasaki Martyrs’ were declared saints by Pope Pius IX on June 8,1862. Archbishop Machado said several programmes will organized to commemorate the life and teachings of Saint Gonsalo and a large rally will be held in December.

Bruno D’mello sent us this scan of The Herald news paper in Goa which published his article on St. Gonsalo Garcia.

St. Gonsalo Garcia in The HeraldHere is the article in text format: A Saint for India.. From India

Aptitude Tests

Eduation, Events

School… Exams… Results… and the academic year get over… At the end of it there is one question that keeps on revolving in minds of each student and their parents “What Next?” Yes this is the question everyone has while thinking about their future career. Many times we take admission in college or any other course because someone else did that or parents want their children to go for certain course but due to wrong decisions we end up with failure in hands.

How to avoid this at initial stage? Yes we have a solution for this and that is “Aptitude Test”. An aptitude test is an exam to determine an individual’s propensity to succeed in a given activity. It examines your strengths and weaknesses and the inclinations of your success or failure in given areas based on your inherent characteristics.
Individuals might take an aptitude test to determine what kinds of careers they are well suited for. Similarly, high school students might take an aptitude test when thinking about what would be an appropriate college major or whether college is the best choice for them.
It provides you with a concrete framework for making write career decisions.
Keeping all this in mind, ‘Manickpur Education Welfare Fund’ in association with ‘Prafulta Psychological Services’ & ‘St. Michael’s Church, Manickpur’ is organizing an Aptitude Test for our student friends.

Details of which are as follows:

Date: 20th and 21st April 2012 (both days compulsory)
For: Students of Class 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
Time: 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Registration: Last date for registration is 15th April 2012 (Limited seats)

Use this form to register: