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In devotion to Lord Damodar

Devotees of Lord Damodar from all over Goa celebrated Gulalotsav on Tuesday, a part of Shigmotsav festivities at the Shri Damodar Temple at Zambaulim. As part of the celebrations held annually in the month of Phalgun, a palkhi (palanquin) carrying the idol of Lord Damodar is taken out in procession while devotees en route splash handfuls of ‘gulaal’ onto the deity and smear each others’ faces with colour. Those carrying the palkhi as well as devotees get covered in gulaal and it is considered auspicious to get smeared with gulaal on this occasion. As a mark of respect, all commercial activity in the city of Margao comes to a standstill, shops pull down their shutters, and devotees visit Zambaulim to pay obeisance to the Lord.

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