Ganesh Chaturthi or ‘Chavath’ is being celebrated across Goa with religious fervour, pomp and gaiety.
The festival is being celebrated with the installation of idol of Shri Ganesha at homes of Hindus. The idols are installed for a day and half, five days, seven days and 11 days as per the wishes of the faithfuls. The festival is also being celebrated at Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav mandals across the state also. During the festival a ‘matoli’ or canopy is installed above the idol of Lord Ganesh. The ‘matoli’ is decorated with various kind of fruits and other produce found in the season. During the festivities rituals, ‘bhajans’ and ‘aaratis’ will be officiated in the cities, towns and villages across the state.
As the festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and religious fervour in the state, many Goans who stay abroad or in other parts of the country, come back to the home state to celebrate the festival with their near and dear ones.
Though there were reports of soaring prices of commodities in the market in the state but it could not dampen festive spirit of the people in the state. During the last one week, the markets in the state witnessed heavy rush of people to make purchases for one of the most important festival in the state.
Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar, Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao, ministers, MLAs and other political leaders in the state have extended greetings to the people of the state on the occasion.