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In the past, Pillory of Od goa used to be the center of Old Goa but now its a deserted place. Very near to the pillary are bassalt columns. This area was used by Portuguese to give public punishment to criminals.

There is an interesting story of Fernao Lopes attached to this place. Fernao Lopes was a member of Albuqueresque military force. Fernao Lopes and a few of his collegues got a share of Adil Shahs’ harem after defeating Adil Shahs forces. These people started living as married men and were known as casados. The clergy found this act immoral which led the casados to deflect to a nearby Muslim Post. When Albuqueresque’s forces won the muslim outpost, casados were brought back and given given public punishment near the Pillory. Thumbs, ears and nose of the casados were cut and some bled to death. Fernao Lopes, survived and while on his way back jumped near the island of St Helena.

Fernao survived on the island for close to 20 years and it became customary for ships sailing near St Helena to drop rations for him. The clergy and administration didnt like this popularity of Fernao and he was forcefully brought to Lisbon, where he sought forgiveness from Pope for his sins. Later he went back to St Helena and died there.

It was in use during the Portuguese rule till the end of the 17th century. The pillar, which is of basalt, had iron rings fixed to it and from its shape and mouldings it appears that the pillar might have formed part of a Brahmanical temple.

Where the Kuchcha road branches off from the road to Neura, leading to the Church and Convent of the Cross of Miracles , is a lone pillar on a raised platform, which once occupied the central place in the city square, and was used for punishing offenders of the law, who were tied to it and publicly whipped.

It was in use during the Portuguese rule till the end of the 17th century. The pillar, which is of basalt, had iron rings fixed to it and from its shape and mouldings it appears that the pillar might have formed part of a Brahmanical temple.