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Aldona is a village in Bardez, Goa.GeographyAldona is located at at an average elevation of 19m.Demographics, Aldona had a population of 6,320. Males constituted 46% of the population and females 54%. The average literacy rate was 79%, higher than the national average of 59.5 per cent; 49% of males and 51% of females were literate. 9% of the population was under 7 years of age.ReligionThe church is dedicated to São Tomé . The parish chapels include those in the localities of Carona, Quitula and Corjuem .It has several vadde, which include Quitula, Goncoi, Udoim, Coimavaddo, Carona, Santerxette, Castel Vaddo, Naikavaddo, Panarim, Maina Vaddo, Cottarbat and Ranoi.Aldona is connected to Corjuem by a state of the art cable-stayed bridge held by six cables from either direction.The current Archbishop of Goa and Daman, India, Filipe Neri António Sebastião do Rosário Ferrão is from Aldona St. Thomas ChurchThe Church of St. Thomas remains an awe inspiring presence in Aldona. It was built in 1596 on a high plateau on the banks of the Mapusa River. A tributary of the Mandovi River. A flight of broad steps cut into a cliff and lead to an open plain that surrounds the grand white building.Inside, the Church is ornately decorated by symbolic biblical murals and grand statues. The treasures of the church are the subject of a village legend. At one time, the statues of the church were strung with jewellery by villagers as thanks for prayers answered. But Churches were often robbed of these jewels.The Church buildings are white-washed in the tradition of Goan churches. The band stand in the grounds and the cemetery are also white-washed and all together evoke a feeling of awe.
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