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Ganesh Chaturthi in Goa

Ganesh Chaturthi in Goa
Ganesh Chaturthi in Goa

Ganesh Chaturthi in GoaGanesh Chaturthi is the most important festival celebrated in Goa. Observed as the birthday of the elephant-god Ganesha in the Hindu pantheon, Ganesh Chaturthi festival is marked by traditional fervor and gaiety. A festival with a pan-Indian spread, Ganesh Chaturthi in Goa holds the seat of pre-eminence among all other festivals.

Also known as Chovoth, the Ganesha Chaturthi festival usually falls on the 4th day of Bhadarva Shukla-Paksh of Hindu calendar in (August/September). During the festival, pujas are offered to the idol of Ganesha along with Lord Mahadev and Gouri. On the eve of the Chovoth day, a clay idol of Ganesh is installed in a small pandal called ‘matov’ made of bunches of betel nut, coconut, bananas and branches of mango-trees.

Even though the religious observations are held for a couple of days, the Ganesh Chaturthi festivities may continue for 7-10 days. On the last day of the festival, the ritual of ‘Visarjan’ takes place when the idol of Ganesh is carried in a colorful procession and is finally immersed in a water body.

The Ganesh Chaturthi festival ushers in a season of joyous celebration all over Goa. Besides the religious significance, the festival is an occasion for family members to reunite and seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha.




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