Goa Tourism Development Corporation is organizing a special tour to Vithalpur, Sanquelim to celebrate and witness Tripurari Purnima, a unique boat festival organised annually in the State. This year the festival will be celebrated on Monday, 14 November 2016.
This festival has an interesting story behind it and is celebrated to mark the end of the Diwali season. According to mythology, Lord Krishna defeated and killed the demon Tripurasur on the day of Kartik Purnima. The people celebrated Krishna’s victory and the end of the demon’s tyranny by releasing lamps in the river. Since then it has been a tradition all over India to release small lamps in the river during the time of Diwali and especially Kartik Purnima.
An interesting element about the way this is celebrated in Goa is the distinctive local touch. The tradition takes the form of a very unusual competition – that of making miniature models boats and ships made out of thermocol and other materials. Besides the main boat competition, there are a host of cultural programmes including songs by well known artistes, performances of various Goan traditional folk dances along with a display of fireworks.
The special tour on the eve of Tripurari Purnima is open to all locals and tourists.
The tickets are priced at Rs. 100/- per person. Children above 6 years and below 12 years will be charged Rs.50/-. A 10% special discount on rooms will be offered to the guests at Panaji/Mapusa/ Miramar and Calangute Residency to those who will book the tour to Tripurari Purnima.
All GTDC guests will be collected by coach from Miramar Residency and Panjim Residency at 8 pm and Mapusa and Calangute Residency at 8:30 pm.
Programme details include:
7:00 pm: Procession of Lord Shrikrishna
7:30 pm: Sailing of Lamps in river Valvanti
8:00 pm: Cultural Programme
11:00 pm: Palanquin procession of Vithal Rakhumai
11:30 pm: Tripurasur – Vadh
11:35 pm: Release of ‘Saranga’ balloon in the sky
12:00 midnight: Traditional Boat Show
For bookings please contact Mr. Anil Dalal – 9422057704 and for more information contact Mr. Deepak Narvekar – 9422847166 or visit www.goa-tourism.com