Margao celebrated the Dindi festival on November 10 with great pomp. Like always the Dindi procession began from Hari Mandir, Pajifond and stopped at all traditional places. The procession will return to the Hari Mandir in the wee hours of Monday. After the Gopal Kalo at dawn, the Dindi celebrations will conclude on Monday.
The Dindi festival is dedicated to Vithal-Rakhumai and is organised at Hari Mandir in Margao as early as 1909. Thousands of devotees from all over Goa and Karnataka flock to Margao to witness the Dindi festival which is one of the oldest festivals in Salcete taluka.
The Dindi festival had commenced from November 4 and will conclude on November 11. People waited in long queues to get a glimpse of the deity outside the Vitthal-Rakhumai temples at Pajifond and Comba. They offered flowers, fruits and prayers on the holy occasion.
The Dindi with the palanquin of Shree Vithal Rakhumai took off from Shree Hari mandir, Pajifond, evening on November 10 and on its way it will pay customary visit to Shree Damodar Sal well past midnight.
Devotees will be allowed to take darshan on its way as well as near Shree Hari Mandir.
As is the tradition, the Dindi culminates at Shree Vithoba temple at Comba in the pre-dawn hours and returns to Shree Hari mandir, Pajifond by forenoon on November 11.
Every year sangeet bhaitakas are the main attraction of the Dindi festival as several music lovers from all over Goa attend the event to listen to famous artists and take darshan of Lord Vithal Rakhumai.