A very special day, today. Vasco Damodar Saptah begins in the public temple, attached to our home.
In a Kuppadam, with a Kantha embroidered blouse for the Pooja.
My husband, Parag, had the privilege of keeping the holy coconut ( Shrifal) at Lord Damodar's feet. SWIPE TO SEE PHOTOS.
Now there will be a 24 hour rendition of Bhajans. Like every other thing in Goa, this festival too has a story behind it. Legend has it that in the late 19 century, there was a plague epidemic in the city. The health facilities at that time were not that great and so a cure could not be found. The residents of Vasco could not just sit by while this epidemic disease spread, so they did what every Goan does best, turn towards a spiritual path. The local residents turned to Lord Damodar, an incarnation of lord shiva for help, they went to Zambaulim temple (near margao) of lord damodar and brought back a coconut as prasad to be installed for worship in Vasco. The initial installation was at old mata high school.
Being the devoted goans that we are, full of hope, their prayers were answered and the epidemic died out once the worship began. Mr. Anant Subrai Joshi,(My Great Grand father- in- law) ,a well known citizen and philanthropist, offered his house, to house the holy shreepal and from then on, this festival is celebrated annually by all irrespective of caste or creed.
The devotees offer fruits, agarbhatti, flowers, etc, to God. Prayers are said not only for personal peace and prosperity, but also for the safety and welfare of all Vasco da Gama’s citizens. The religious rituals of the festival concludes after exactly 24 hours.
So happy to be a part of this great tradition.
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