The land of Goa or Gomantak or Gomaanchal was reclaimed from the sea by lord Parshuram, the incarnation of lord Vishnu.

Dussehra marks the defeat of the demon Mahishaasur by Goddess Durga. It is believed that after the battle Goddess Durga became very peaceful and took up residence in Gomaanchal (Goa). Hence the name Shantadurga.

Shantadurga Temple

On the first day of Navaratri, a copper pitcher is placed in the temples.

Nine varieties of food grains are sown in clay placed inside the Goddess’ sanctum. This ritual is known as Ghatasthapana.

The nine nights are celebrated by presenting devotional songs and through religious processions.

Artists perform traditional folk musical instruments during the nine days.

Mahalaxmi Temple

During Navaratri, the puja includes swinging of a gold idol of Goddess on a special swing known as “Makhar.”

For each of the nine nights, the makhar swings to the melody of the temple music called as “Ranavadya” while the devotees sing “Kirtan”. It is locally called Makharotsav.

The Makharotsav is followed by a palanquin procession of the idol of the deity and finally culminates with the “Makhar arati.

Glimpses of Ponda

Ramnath Temple

Jagannath Temple

Sunset from Jagannath Temple

References :
Navhind times
Hindu online
Times of India

Picture Credits :  Siddhesh Kalangutkar

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