Narkasur 2006 in Goa.

Photos by Cecil Pinto

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Burning of Narkasur effigies to mark arrival of Diwali

Navhind Times Staff Reporter

Panaji, Oct 20: Diwali, the festival of lights will be celebrated in Goa, along with rest of the country, on October 21 with fervour and gaiety.

In Goa, Diwali eve witnessed display/ procession of effigies of the demon, Narkasur and their eventual destruction at dawn, signifying the end of darkness or evil and the victory of light or goodness.

A number of Narkasur contests were also held around the state, with attractive prizes.

Dhanatrayodashi, Narak Chaturdashi, Amavasya (Laxmi poojan), Balipratipada and Yamadvitiya or Bhaubeej are the five days which comprise Diwali, and each day has a particular religious significance.

This year, Laxmi poojan will be held on the day of Diwali. This ritual is followed by every Hindu household as well as the commercial establishments from shops to corporate houses and seeks the blessing of Goddess Laxmi, the goddess of wealth.

Bhaubeej is the last day of Diwali and deals with the sublime relationship between brother and sister.

Meanwhile, the last minute Diwali shopping has reached its peak with the markets overflowing with the crowds.

The Governor, Mr S C Jamir, the Chief Minister, Mr Pratapsingh Rane and the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Manohar Parrikar have also greeted Goans on the occasion of the festival of lights.

Extending Diwali greetings, the Governor said, “This unique festival symbolises victory of good over evil and its celebrations help in fostering amity, brotherhood and mutual understanding among the people.”

In India, we have many festivals, Mr Jamir said, the celebrations of these festivals help to promote human relationships and strengthen national cohesion. “May the celebrations of Diwali this year help in bringing people more closer and making life richer in happiness and prosperity,” the message read.

The Chief Minister, Mr Pratapsingh Rane, in his message said, “Diwali signifies victory of good over evil.” He further said that the way age-old festivals are celebrated in the country, has helped to maintain unity among the people across the length and breadth of the country.

The Chief Minister adds that the Diwali ushers in more sparkles of hope and scintillations of joy to fill lives of people with brightness and prosperity.

The Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Rev Filipe Neri Ferrao has led the Catholic community in Goa and Daman to greet their Hindu brethren on the joyous occasion of Diwali.

This ancient feast reminds us of the victory of light over darkness, truth over untruth, good over evil and life over death. In brief, it signifies renewal of life, he said in his message today.

“May this festival of lights illuminate our life to acknowledge and experience the beauty of this world, enlighten us to acquire knowledge, truth and wisdom, in order to dispel the darkness of wickedness, violence, greed, fear, injustice, oppression, etc and usher in love, to illuminate a world that has grown dim through the darkness of hatred,” he said.


Narkasur Spotting in Panjim
7.00 pm to 7.30 pm
20th October 2006
Photos by Cecil & Desmond Pinto
Spotting by Fabian Pinto


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Saturday, October 21, 2006 7:30:14 PM (IST)  Diwali-time Triumph over Evil - Narkasur Effigies Go up in Flames

from daijiworld's special correspondent with pics by Rajtilak Naik in Panaji
Daijiworld News Network - Goa

Panaji, Oct 21: Effigies of Demon Narkasur were burnt during wee hours today to usher in Deepawali celebrations in Goa.

Unique to Goa, larger-than-life-size effigies of demon Narkasur who was killed by Lord Krishna, as per mythological story, were taken in procession throughout night and burnt during wee hours. This tradition symbolizes victory of good over evil.

Encashing on the spirit, various organizations had organized Narkasur vadh (killing narkasur) competition. "The competition is organized so that generation next knows about our mythological characters…. It's our tradition and we want to pass it on to future generation," stated Vinayak Naik, a local organizer.

Being a tourist state, narakasur competition also attracted tourists as the tourism season has already begun in this western state. Foreigner tourists were seen in large number to witness the event which went on throughout night.





Narkasur 2004 in Goa.