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Bhaktimahotsav to open on Jan 30

The third Bhaktimahotsav, Festival of Devotion will be held at Azad Maidan, Panaji from January 30 to February 3, with leading Kirtankar, Balumaharaj Girgaonkar from Parbhani, Maharashtra performing kirtans in a semi-musical form on all five days. A number of other devotional activities will also be held.

The five-day event organised by Panaji Shigmotsav Samiti, Corporation of the City of Panaji, Bharat Swabhiman, Prajapita Bramhakumari and Lokmanya Multipurpose Co-operative Society will be inaugurated by the Union Minister for AYUSH, Shripad Naik on Wednesday, January 30, at 5 p.m.

The working president of the event committee, Anil Counto informed that a 25-feet idol of Shri Vitthal will form an impressive backdrop of the event.

The last day of the event will host a Dindi competition with 32 troupes participating. “The troupes will travel from Goa College of Pharmacy to Azad Maidan in a procession at 4 p.m.” he added.

The opening day of the Bhaktimahotsav will commence with a Bhajan performed by Panvelkar Bhajani Mandal from Ribandar, followed by puja of the Vitthal idol and the inauguration.

On January 31, ‘Swar Vitthal’, a programme of devotional songs will be presented at 4.45 p.m, while on February 1, traditional folk performers from Sattari will present Ranmale, at 4.45 p.m.

On February 2, a drama Dashavatari will be performed by Valavalkar Dashavtari Natyamandal at 4.45 p.m. On February 3, the students of K B Hedgewar, Sanquelim will present ‘Sanskriti Gaaj’, a display of Goan culture, at 8 p.m. Besides, every evening a Maha aarti will be held.

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