Festivals of Goa
Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations in Goa
The Festival of Lord Ganesh or Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with a lot of pomp and gaiety all over Goa and people of all religions take part in it.
The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi holds a special significance in almost all the religious cities and Villages of Goa, specially Mapusa, which is famous for its Temples at Ganeshpuri and Khorlim as well as the local association who also worship the Lord amidst great fervour. Marcela is the village where this festival is celebrated the most as it is a village known for its wide number of Hindu temples. The artisans from the village are engaged in making many different idols of Lord Ganesh, with varied ideas springing in their creative minds. There are idols made of the Lord’s own vehicle, wherein mice of various sizes made of fur form the Ganesh idol, another one made of the material from the commercial crops, the Arecanut and the Coconut. There are idols made from Cane and Bamboo in other parts of this village and neighbouring Cumbharjua village wherein the entire pandal and the idol is made of cane itself wherein the idol rests in a half lying posture on a swing, moving with help of a motor. All over these festival days, there are hordes of devotees from different religions besides Hindus, scurrying at these places to worship and pay obeisance to the most loved God of Wisdom.