Cuncolim Revolt

The Cuncolim Revolt (also termed the Cuncolim Martyrdom by the Roman Catholic Church ) was a massacre of Christian priests and civilians by Kshatriyas in Cuncolim, Goa on Monday, 25 July 1583, as a protest against attempts by the colonial Portuguese administration to demolish Hindu temples in the locality and forcibly convert the local population to Christianity.

Five Jesuit priests along with one European and 14 Indian Christians were killed in the incident. The Portuguese government retaliated by summarily executing most of the Gaonkar leaders without trial, and destroying the economic infrastructure of Cuncolim.

The incident was the first show of defiance against the Portuguese by the local population since the conquest of Goa in 1510.

Read more about Cuncolim Revolt:  Background, The Massacre, Portuguese Retaliation and Aftermath, Canonization of The Priests

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Cuncolim Revolt - Canonization of The Priests
... Francis Xavier chapel situated at Maddicotto Cuncolim and is opened for people to view once a year on the feast day of St Xavier, celebrated in the first week of December ... ever since then been kept with great solemnity at Cuncolim, even by the descendants of those who participated in the revolt ...

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