The Portuguese conquered Goa in 1510. Immediately they began converting Goan people to Christianity. Hindu temples were demolished and churches were erected on those sites. The Hindus carried their deities in canoes through the rivers Mandovi and Zuari to Kumbharjua (Ponda), which was not under Portuguese control. New temples were built for the deities. Even today, the first honour to carry the Palanquin of Gods during annual festivities goes to the boatmen of the village Adpai, whose ancestors had saved the deities 600 years ago. In the story of Noah’s Ark, God intervened to save mankind. In Goa, men intervened to save Gods.