GOA: THIS YEAR, FEAST OF ST FRANCIS XAVIER IS ON DEC 4
Panaji (Goa): As against the usual date of December 3, the feast of St Francis Xavier will be celebrated on December 4 this year.
“Since the festival of St Francis Xavier comes in the advent season, which is a time of expectant waiting and preparations for the celebrations of Christmas, the feasts of Saints are not celebrated on Sundays,” Fr Alfred Vaz said.
He said that the date December 3 is on Sunday and that is the day which is dedicated only to the services of Lord Jesus in the Advent period.
“We have an option to observe the feast either a day in advance…READ more..
GOA CELEBRATES DIWALI, NARAKASUR EFFIGIES BURNT TO ASHES
Panaji (Goa) As the larger than life effigies of Narakasur were burnt to ashes, the State celebrated Diwali. The rains which has been hitting the State since last few days took a break for a day allowing Narakasur revelers to display their creativity.
Last night, the lanes in cities including Panaji, Margao, Ponda, Vasco and others were packed with the people as the roads were dotted with the Narakasur effigies. While traffic jams prevailed till mid-night, the traffic police were seen standing helpless.
Goa is amongst the rare states which has the tradition of burning Narakasur effigies. Various groups which…READ more..
SANTER WORSHIP: TRADITION IN GOA
RAJENDRA P. KERKAR
Throughout Goa, from Pernem to Canacona, the cult of Sateri worship is dominating. However, Sattari taluka has a large number of Sateri temples. There are also the sacred groves wherein the forest cover along with the biological wealth has been given protection by the local community. Some of these sacred forests contain the stone sculptures of the goddess Santer in the forms of Mahishasurmardini.
The land of Goa since time immemorial has the rich and varied tradition of Santer worship, aniconically in the form of an ant-hill and iconically during the later period in the form of Mahishasurmardini….READ more..
THE PLACE WHERE SARAVAJANIK GANESHOTSAV STARTED..
Ganesh Chaturthi is the most important cultural event of Pune. Among other famous Hindu festivals, Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most popular festivals celebrated, not only in Maharashtra but in India as well. However, Pune has its own unique traditions to celebrate this festival.
Pune is the birth place of Ganesh festival. People here come together and celebrate Ganeshotsav with utmost devotion. This year, Pune’s sarvajanik Ganeshotsav is celebrating its 125th year. It was in the year 1893 when Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak started sarvajanik Ganeshotsav.
Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak started this concept and mobilised people through Ganesh festival….
THE PAPER GANESHA: A UNIQUE LEGACY OF KHANDEPARKARS
Ganesh Chaturthi, locally known as Chavath, is celebrated with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm in Goa. The Goan households are filled with joy and festivities. Every Goan who stays in cities, flocks back to his native place to celebrate the festival of Lord Ganesha. This festival celebrates the essence of fertility of Mother Nature. As the legend goes, Goddess Parvati created Lord Ganesha by moulding the mud from her body. Thus, the tradition of worshipping mud idols is in practice. But, there are some households in Goa which have another tradition altogether…
The Khandeparkar families from Ponda taluka have…
CHATURTHI CELEBRATIONS THROUGH THE AGES
Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Chavath, celebrated during the Hindu month of Bhadrapad is a perfect example of how our ancestors connected together and worshipped the lord. Lord Ganesha, known best as the lord of good fortune, is revered in a variety of manners across the state. Every village has its own unique tradition, but the basic thing is getting the families and communities together.
In most parts, worship of lord Ganesha ranges from 1 and half day to 5 days, but many joint families in Goa continue the festivities for up to 21 days. All the people who…
PIMPALKATTTA SARVAJANIK SHRI GANAPATI UTSAV 60 YEARS AND GOING STRONG
The Pimpalkatta Sarvajanik Shri Ganapati Utsav has completed 60 years since inception and has earned itself the title of the oldest Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav of Goa. This year, The PSSGU will be celebrating its diamond jubilee.
Beginning from 1957, it was a small union of some Madgaon bazaarkars who started the Ganeshotsav, and now, the small union has grown to a massive 60-year-old Pimpalkatta Sarvajanik Shri Ganapati Utsav Mandal Trust. The trust is now led by president Motiram Parodkar and vice president Umakant Sawant and has a committee of 25 members.
The celebration has a profound history of lakhs of devotee’s,…
SARVAJANIK GANESHOTSAV… PONDA
The festival we wait for the entire year, is finally here! Ganesh Chathurthi, or as we call it, Chavath, without a doubt, is one of the most special festivals of Goa’s, and we would be lying if we said that there isn’t a month of the year that doesn’t make us count down the time left till Lord Ganesh finally arrives in our homes.
As a kid, there always used to be two Chavaths in my mind; the one we celebrated at home, and the other one being ‘sarvajanik’ Ganeshotsav. Having stayed in Ponda my entire life, I…
1. BALLALESHWAR, PALI
In the Konkan Pallir village now known as Pali there lived a young boy Ballal who was a very sincere devotee of Lord Ganesh. Son of a rich businessman, his pre-occupation with worship at a young age displeased his father. Ballal spent a large part of his time in worship and influenced his friends to do so too. His friends’ parents felt that Ballal was misleading their children by showing them the Bhaktimarg at such young age. They asked Ballal’s father to restrain him. His father went to look for Ballal and found…READ more..
A DIVINE DREAM
Redi is a small coastal village that belongs to the district of Sindhudurg in Maharashtra. Originally known as Revati or Redipattanam, Redi is located very close to the shores of the majestic Arabian Sea, just across the border of Goa and is dotted with plenty of coconut trees.
The Ganapati temple of Redi is located approximately 30 kms from Vengurla. The town in which this temple is situated contains manganese and iron ore mines. The Ganpati idol was found in one of the mines near Redi port in 1976. The Ganpati idol is in sitting position and approximately 15…