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About Gudi Padwa
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Gudhi Padwa is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month, and is celebrated as New Year's Day by Maharashtrians and Hindu Konkanis ( called as Samvatsar ( Sausar ) Padvo or Yugadi by Konkanis ). It is the same day on which great king Shalivahana defeted Sakas in battle.
This is also first day of Marathi Calendar. This festival is supposed to mark the beginning of Vasant (spring). According to the Gregorian calendar this would fall sometime at the end of March and the beginning of April. According to the Brahma Purana, this is the day on which Brahma created the world after the deluge and time began to tick from this day forth. This is one of the 3 and a half days in the Indian Lunar calendar called "Sade-Teen Muhurt", whose every moment is considered auspicious in general to start a new activity.
While the people of Maharashtra use the term Gudhi Padwa for this festival and the Konkanis use Sanvsar Padvo (sanvsar derived from samvatsar meaning year) the people of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka term the same festival, observed on the same day, Ugadi. The Sindhi festival of Cheti Chand is celebrated same day.
Main Utsavs of the temple : Shigmo
The main festival of the temple is Shishirotsav or popularly known as Shigmo in Goa. Its a 10 days long Auspicious and festive celebration includes procession of deity in diffent Vahanas, other rituals like Ganga Pujan Bhiwri resembles Bharwari at Kali temple in Calcutta, Homa , Dhwajarohana , Gulalotsava , Rathotsava and ends with Vasant Puja.
Nine-day festival begins on Falgun Dashmi and closes on Chaitra Trutiya.
Shigmo brings together two major aspects in the lives of Daivadna community - prosperity promised by good business being the result of hardwork, as well as the seeking of spiritual blessings from a divine power that oversees all human achievement and endeavor. The Shigmo brings in inextricable relationship between the devotees and Shree Mahamaya kalika maintained by unassailable and unflinching faith on the one side and a continuous and loving care for the devotee on the other.
One remarkable and appreciable moment of this festival is volunteers who take charge of all points right from parking to catering engraved with praises, portrayal, depiction, and experiences of joy and sweet tussles between them and devotees.
On every Chaturdashi, one day prior to full moon day, Devi, dressed in traditional costumes and jewellery, is taken around the temple in a floral decorated Palakhi. Local bhajan artists take pride and privilege in reciting bhajans (devotional songs). During the procession, there are twelve halts at particular fixed places. At all these halts there is a karpuraarti with recitation of Vaidic Ashtak and devotional music. After the completion of the round when the palakhi enters the sabhamandap, aarti is shown to the idol and a "coconut ovalani" is made. Devibhaktas enjoy special darshan by moving below the Palakhi seeking blessings and the palakhi enters the temple. After that the Archak takes the idols inside the garbhagar keeping some “flower Prasad” for the palakhi bearers. When the idol is placed in the original position in garbhagar, the devotees who had been standing on the chowk until then will now take their seats and the aarti begins. Auction of fruits is held and Prasad is distributed to every one. Bhaktas will then join bhojan mandap for food and leave with attachment and inspiration to attend next month’s Palakhi. A service of volunteers at every moment is worth appreciating.