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Friday, November 03, 2006

Thousands attend Dhindi festival

Thousands of devotees from all over Goa attended the famous Dhindi festival which was celebrated with great pomp today at Margao.

The main attraction at the festival was ‘Sangeet bhaitakas’ staged by famous singer, Ramdas Kamat from Mumbai. Besides Kamat noted singer Mugdha Samant from Pune also performed. Sai Baker and Djhanjay Puranik from Mumbai and Abhijet Ekavade from Goa were on tabla while Rajee Paranjmpe from Pune and Mahesh Dhamsker from Goa accompanied them.

The organisers had also invited several other famous singers and musicians. A large number of the music lovers attended the bataikas held in the heart of Margao city. They were held at three places; in front of the Hari Mandir, near UCO bank and at the municipal square. Local artists who attended Dhindi festival also participated in the Dhindi utsav. Special buses and other vehicles were hired by the devotees from rural areas to come to Margao.

In the morning various religious activities were held at the temple, which were also largely attended. Special arrangement was made in order to for devotees entering the temple. Policemen were also posted at various places. The South Goa SP, Mr Shekhar Prabhudessai said that the police had made special arrangements at both the temples to ensure the safety of the devotees.

The Dhindi procession of Lord Vithal Rakumai, which was accompanied by Dindi groups from various part of Goa, was taken out in the evening. Margao city looked colourful with buildings, shops and houses decorated. The Margao municipal garden, besides several buildings were also illuminated.

On November 4 in the morning Dhindi procession after taking a big round will return to the Hari Mandir where religious ceremonies will be held.

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