According to a popularly recounted legend in Goa, once there lived a rich man by the name of Mahadar. Mahadar was known for being very kind and never returned the needy empty handed. Often people took advantage of him and took money from him. Puram, a man from the same village was one such person, who kept on asking for more and more money, till Mahadar had nothing left to give him. Mahadar sold off his house to make sure he could help all who asked for money.