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November 4, 2009

Unique boat festival mesmerises audience in Goa

     Sanquelim (Goa): A grand and colourful boat festival was organised here recently to mark Tripura Poornima (Kartik Purnima) or Full Moon Day. The festival was organised by the Director of Art, Culture and Communication and Tourism and Development Corporation in association with Sankhali Deepavali Utsav Committee (festival committee). Thousands of devotees from all parts of state turned up on the bank of holy river Valvanti to witness the gala celebrations mark with fire work and illumination. Specially crafted and illuminated miniature replicas held everyone captive. An effigy of demon Tripurasur was also burnt to remember the release of gods and humans from demon Tripurasur. State Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has said that this unique show would provide a platform to boat artists to showcase their creativity. "We get the tremendous response for this festival. People are coming from different parts of state plus we get even tourists, special trips are being arranged for this festival. The young generation gets involved in making this boat show, which is considered as the best boat shows in state. I am sure that this will encourage more and more artistes also to show their ability," he added. Also known by the name of Deva Diwali, this event has grown into a state level competition for the most artistic and technically superior boat. The Government of Goa has declared this as State Festival.
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