117th Vasco Saptah kicks off with religious fervour, gaiety

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VASCO: The 117th Shree Damodar Bhajani Saptah celebration kicked off in Vasco on Monday after offering srifal to the lotus feet of the deity Damodar at Shree Damodar temple. Industrialist and senior member of Joshi family Paresh Joshi conducted the rituals in his house and then brought the srifal to the temple premises.

The 24-hour long chain Bhajani Saptah celebration was kicked off thereafter, amidst great religious fervour after local artists Ashok Manohar Mandrekar (Shivalkar) commenced the bhajan by chanting ‘Hari Jai Jai Ram Krishna Hari’. He was accompanied by Anil Kondurkar on harmonium and Radhakrishna Shetye on mridanga.

Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza, Power Minister Milind Naik, Minister for Art and Culture Dayanand Mandrekar, Minister for Forest and Environment Rajendra Arlekar, Industries Minister Mahadev Naik, Deputy Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly Vishnu Surya Wagh, Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida, Panaji MLA Siddharth Kunkolienkar, Cuncolim MLA Rajan Naik, Velim MLA Benjamin Silva, Mormugao municipal council chairperson Deepak Naik, deputy chairperson Shashikant Parab, chief officer Deepali Naik, industrialist Narayan Bandekar, former union law minister Ramakant Khalap, superintendent of police North Goa Umesh Gaonkar, deputy superintendent of police Vasco Sucheta Dessai besides others visited Shree Damodar temple and sought blessings from the deity.

The strong pose of police besides the traffic personnel were deputed in Vasco for the smooth Saptah celebration. The traffic movement was personally being monitored by the Vasco traffic cell PI Sudesh Narvekar. The Vasco PI Sagar Ekoskar besides Mormugao PI Kapil Nayak, Verna PI Shailesh Narvekar were seen camped at the police control room and were monitoring the situation.

With a dry spell throughout on Monday, people flocked for the Saptah fair and to receive the blessings of deity Damodar by standing in long queues in a peaceful manner. There were no reports of any untoward incidents.

Popular singers and artists performed and gave a live presentation on platforms (stage) erected at various locations during the night.  The 24-hour long Bhajani Saptah celebration would conclude on August 9 in the afternoon after the immersion of srifal into the Arabian Sea with the traditional ‘Gopal Kala’ procession.