Panaj/Margao/Vasco: Humongous effigies of Demon Narakasur were consigned to flames during the wee hours of Monday to usher in Diwali celebrations in the coastal state.
Several hundred effigies of Narakasur, which were prepared ahead of Diwali festivities, were burnt during the wee hour, representing victory of good over evil.
The cities like Margao, Vasco and Panaji saw Narakasur Vadh competitions which continued entire night, till wee hours with more than 20 groups participating in each of the event.
The effigies were ferried from the respective villages to the competition spot on trucks. A chariot for Lord Krishna also accompanies each of the effigy.
During the competition, the organizers have to demonstrate how Krishna and his wife Satyabhama killed Narakasur in a battle.
“The prizes are also given for the person who plays best role of Lord Krishna,” a member on the core committee of organization named “Solid Party”. Solid Party has been conducting Narakasur Vadh competition in Margao for over two decades.
Hede said that it is a combination of acting and look that is counted for the Best Krishna while main prize is for Narakasur effigy.
Relatively new competition is at Fatorda, organised by Fatorda Yuvak Sangh, mentored by Goa Forward Party President Vijai Sardesai.
The competition which was held at South Goa Planning and Authority Ground at Fatorda in South Goa, saw around 20 groups participating in it.
Sardesai, who is in the opposition camp, claimed that the local police tried to stop the event mid-way despite they having permission from the authorities to have it till 6 a.m of Monday.
After a discussion between the organizers of the event and the police, the competition went on smoothly till the wee hours with more than 20,000 people witnessing it from the stands.
While Narakasur effigies were burnt during wee hour, the personnels of Fire and Emergency Services were seen dousing the flames from the ashes of the effigies those were burnt at the roadside.
Meanwhile, Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant has extended wishes to the people of the state on the occasion of Diwali.
Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant has extended his greetings and good wishes to the people of the State, on the auspicious eve of Diwali festival and expressed hope that the festivity will spread peace, joy and prosperity in the State.
The CM in his message said, “Diwali symbolizes the victory of righteousness over evil, brightness over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and truth over falsity. The illumination on the day marks the joy, happiness on the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana. This festival of light inspires all, to move from darkness to light. Let us all walk on the path of Light and become Self Reliant i.e. Swayampurna in true sense”.
The Chief Minister appealed to the citizens to have a safe and eco-friendly Diwali. “This year, let us think about our environment that gets affected due to excessive bursting of fireworks. Let us have a pollution-free Diwali celebration,” CM said.
He further said, “Diwali is the festival of sharing happiness and strengthening brotherhood relationship in the State. This Diwali let’s take charge and reach out to the underprivileged people. Let us adopt poor and deprived ones by sharing the happiness of Diwali with them”.
“Our State is progressing rapidly. Let us all together spread the light of development to take Goa forward. May everyone uphold true spirit and defeat all the negativities in lives, to maintain social harmony. May this festival remove all darkness from peoples’ life and brighten every household with joy and prosperity”, CM concluded.