Gauladevi: The temple which once had ant hill draping cloth on its own

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By Dipesh Naik

Diggi (karnataka): The roads led to the village of Mhayre-Diggi in Karnataka’s Joida district for the annual festival of Shree Gauladevi Temple on Saturday, March 23.

 

The festival is famous amongst the Uttar Kannada and Goans as the deity is worshipped by villagers living in both the states.

The road to Gauladevi is marked with adventure. One has to cross Tollem mine in Goa before entering the forest area which leads you to two gates. While one gate is entry for Netravali wildlife sanctuary, the other goes to Karnataka.

One has to pass both the gates to reach the temple.

People perform rituals were during entire night. The ant hill draped with colourful cloth (kapad) is worshipped by deities. The mythological stories narrate how the ant hill used to drape the cloth on its own, miraculously.

Down the line, the Pujaris of this temple perform the rituals.

The devotees perform Holi at this temple on the same night, before returning to their villages.

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