The place lying 16 kms from Panjim and 12 kms from Ponda is Banastarim. The feature of this place is its Market, which get start filling from Thursday evening and get full by Friday morning every week.
This market heavy competitor for Mapusa Friday, as the sellers from all the parts of Goa brings their different types of good to sell here; large flow of buyers you’ll find here. This market is more famous for pure monsoon stocks such as dry fish, fine dried prawns, mangoes, raw mangoes, dry chilies, onions etc.
Beside market Banastarim is known for ‘Meta Bridge’, which is important link to Tiswadi and Ponda Taluka as well as to Mandovi River.
Major West side of Banastarim is surrounded by river; on South side you’ll find places like Bhoma and Kundiam, on North Tivrem and Marcel and on the East are kullagar and hills surrounded mostly by cashew trees, below hills are large fertile fields giving it greenery scenes along with flowing is Mandovi River
This village share major Hindu populations and less catholic. Just 20 years ago here a Chapel was built named as ‘Our Lady of Fatima’. Early century catholic people had to visit Old Goa or Marcel to attend the Sunday’s mass or any catholic items.
Banastarim does not have any Educational Institute here; there is only one Government School. There is IFB Club which is total dedicated to Sports. On 25th January of every year, here Banastarkars sets stage nataks in the Bazaar area; it is performed by Zangleshwar Sounstha and the Vadeshwar Sports Club.
The main economic source of these villagers is Agriculture and horticulture and their main cash gainers are rice, arecanut, pineapples and vegetables. Even today some of the villagers are run their earnings on toddy tapping, vinegar manufacture and cashew feni distilling. In shorts, Villagers here are very hard working.
Maina Kullaghar is famous for fresh water spring, where you can cool yourself from heat especially in summer days. The large arecanut trees which swing in airs gives you the hint as if they are singing for you. Overall this nice calm and refreshing place any time.
There are three temples here such as Shree Navdurga Mahishasur Mardini temple, the Vetal-Betal temple and the Shree Ravalnath temple. However it is hard mentioned when they are built as the date is not available.
Banastarim is much improved area from the olden times.