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Cuncolim all set for grand Sotriyo

17 Mar 2017 | 08:38pm IST

Cuncolim all set for grand Sotriyo

CUNCOLIM: Famous Sotriyo festival which is also known as Gulalotsav of Shree Shantadurga Kuncolikarin will be celebrated with pomp and gaiety, on Friday.

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CUNCOLIM: Famous Sotriyo festival which is also known as Gulalotsav of Shree Shantadurga Kuncolikarin will be celebrated with pomp and gaiety, on Friday.

The Sotriyo festival is known for its religious harmony and unity, as it is celebrated by both Hindus and Catholics.

Palkhi procession of Goddess Shantadurga Kuncalikarin will start from Fatorpa temple and procession will follow the traditional Palkhi road called Govindghati.

Hundreds of devotees, mahajanas and twelve Gaonkars will participate in procession.

Devotees will dance with twelve sotriyos to the tune of traditional Drums and tashe. Devotees will first offer Gulal to goddess Shantadurga and then all devotees will apply Gulal on each other.

The procession will start from Fatorpa by Govindgathi rite on the way local residents will welcome the goddess Shantadurga and also will offer sweets and cold drinks to devotees. On the way procession will stop at Mollaginim, Sidhanagar, Gotham, Biunsa, Vhoddi, Salemando and finally will halt at the Mulsthan which is the original place of Kuncolikarin at Talebhat Cuncolim.

After that procession of palkhi along with twelve satriyo will go back to Fatorpa which will be concluded by Dhuliwandan.

It may be recalled that Goddess Shantadurga Kuncolikarin is originally from Cuncolim. The mahajanas shifted the goddess to Fatorpa which was a safe place during Portuguese conversion mission. Every year in the month of Falgun Panchami godess visits its original place.

Unique thing of this festival is both Hindus and Catholics participate in the festival. On the way Catholic devotees too welcome the goddess and others by offering traditional plate with rice, coconut, flowers and Gulal.

Personalities like retired SP of Goa Police Tony Fernandes, Present DySP Semy Tavaris, Grade one officer Levinson Martins, NUSI administrator Neeraj Aguiar and other hundreds of Catholics actively participate in this festival of unity.

Speaking to Herald, Martins said, “We have not forgotten our forefathers and rituals we may follow the Catholic faith though, but Kuncolikarin is our goddess.”

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