Shri Damodar Saptah celebrations and Gopalkala religious rituals are in full swing

Office Goemkarponn

VASCO: The Vasco Shri Damodar Bhajani Saptah Utsav Committee has announced that the annual celebration of Shri Damodar Saptah with Gopalkala, religious rituals will go full steam ahead. Devotees and the general public were asked to offer prayers inside the Shri Damodar Temple only after 2 p.m. following Covid19 safety measures like wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing, a said committee secretary Saptah Utsav.

After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid19 pandemic, this year the Vasco Shri Damodar Bhajani Saptah Utsav committee has decided to go full throttle to celebrate the annual Shri Damodar Saptah which will start on August 3 and end on August 4 August 2022.

Industrialist Prashant Joshi of Vasco’s Joshi family said there was a two-year gap due to the Covid19 pandemic. But this year, the Itsav committee decided to celebrate the saptah with great fervor. He further added that this year the saptah committee wrote a letter to the South Goa Collector requesting permission to perform the saptah. Later, a letter of request was sent to the Chief Minister who in return directed all government agencies concerned with the celebration of Saptah. We were given the green signal to celebrate Saptah,” Joshi added.

He further stated that on August 2, Maharudra puja will be performed. Gopalkala and 24×7 Bhajan seva will be done by devotees. Special arrangements have been made by the Saptah committee this year to broadcast the celebration online so that devotees all over the world can have the opportunity to witness this celebration. We have also posted a QR code in some places so that devotees can donate directly. We also advise devotees to maintain discipline, wear face masks and keep social distance while taking darshan of Shri Lord Damodar’, Joshi added.

Meanwhile, Santosh Khorjuvekar, secretary of the Saptah Utsav committee, said that on August 2, there will be a devotional and classical singing program by Pt. Jayateerth Mevundi of Kirana Gharana. He added that there will be performances of Rushikesh Badve and followers of Surya Shetye. This year there will be security arrangements to manage crowds at the temple

Ruth R. Culp