Turiya is an ancient word symbolising the Fourth State of Consciousness or in other words bliss or euphoria. The other three states of consciousness which are more commonly experienced are the waking state, dream state and deep sleep state (bereft of dreams). Turiya is a state not easily achieved. It is the mastery over the web of life, after the mind has been separated from our existence. This state is a rare gem achieved after many lives of trials and tribulations. It is breaking the code of the “Matrix” or “Maya” that envelops our existence at all times. We wish our guests and weary travellers a happy journey as they proceed towards this ultimate destination.
Turiya Villa is a luxurious, heritage villa in South Goa (3 km from Palolem beach) spread out on quarter of an acre of landscaped lawns dotted with many trees including Sapodilla (Chikoo), Coconut, Mango, Avocado, Frangipani and Bougainville. There are many common areas such as patio, dining areas, piano room etc. The new wing has four rooms all with attached bathrooms. The original villa has four unique rooms, two with attached baths and two with separate bathrooms. Each room has been named after a constellation of stars, known as “nakshatras” in ancient Hindu culture. Goan Thalis – vegetarian and non-vegetarian are available on request.
RESTORATION PROCESS AND PORTUGESE ARCHITECTURE
The 100-year-old Portuguese-heritage Casa has been resurrected as a heritage property. It has distinctive Portuguese style architecture (influence of neo-Classic and neo-Gothic styles) with its sloping Mangalore tiled roof (a necessity for the long and fierce monsoon season) and large, ornamental balacoes (covered porches) and verandas facing the street. The large balacoes have in-built seating, open to street, originally meant to be a place where men and women could sit together and “see and be seen”, chat with their neighbors, or just enjoy the evening breeze. The balacoes are bordered by ornamental columns that continue along the steps and add stature to the house.
Large ornamental windows with stucco moldings open onto verandas. These may appear purely decorative, but have their origins in similar moldings in the windows of Portuguese houses. There these elements of style were devices to help sailors identify their homes at a distance as they sailed in. The design is therefore an import but serves a similar purpose in Goa, to help construct the identity of the home. The front doors are flanked by pilaster.
The dramatic and startling yellow vegetable dye color of the compound wall and other areas of the house is a result of the Portuguese influences. Color was decorative and used purely to create a sensation. With a color wash, the house looked dressed and therefore displayed the economic well being of the family that lived in it. However, this was not completely a matter of individual choice, since during the Portuguese rule the owner of the house could be fined if his house was not painted.
The rendering or piping in white is the result of the unwritten rule during the Portuguese occupation of Goa that no private house or building could be painted in white. Only churches and chapels enjoyed this privilege. It is understandable that Goan Christians followed this rule, as white was associated with Virgin Mary, but Goan Hindus also respected this practice. As a result of this code, an interesting and aesthetically pleasing trend developed, as competition among neighbors gave impetus to variety.
The front doors leads to a foyer which then leads to the Sala (the main hall for entertaining a large number of guests) or the Sala de Visita (a smaller hall for entertaining a small number of guests). One can still see the carved place for the chapel in the corner wall of the Sala. From here one can directly enter the rest of the house. The bedrooms flank the courtyard. The dining area is perpendicular to the rooms. Kitchen and service areas are at the rear of the house.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Sandesh Prabhu (Sandy), a qualified architect started his career working with renowned architect Hafeez Contractor in Mumbai but as he discovered his passion he veered towards Interiors. This resulted in him taking up a job of an In-house architect for a lifestyle store called “Me Furniture and Beyond” started by the Birlas. There he designed furniture and dealt in International Furniture brands like Rolf Benz, Le Corbusier, Eleen Grey, B&B Italia.
The clientele was the “Crème dela Crème” of not only Mumbai city but also people from all parts of the world. After gaining enough experience in the field of interiors, Sandy set up his own firm under the title IAS (Interior and Architectural Spaces) through which he was able to successfully deliver high end spaces to clients that consists of leading cricketers, Bollywood stars, builders, designers, industrialists etc. all over the country.
Sandy then decided to put to use his skills by investing in a property of his own in his home state in the area that he had come to adore. Life came about a full circle.
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