Night of the demon.
Recycling the introduction from an earlier post –
One version tells of the vile Narkasur, embodiment of the forces of darkness (tamas), ignorance (avidya) and baseness (adharma). The puranas recount his comeuppance at the hands of Krishna who deployed the sudarshan-chakra (discus) to behead the fiend. Narkasur‘s vanquishment lead to the restoration of dharma, and the Diwali celebrations represent a renewal of the memory of Krishna‘s triumphal moment.
In Goa is prevalent the quaint practice – perhaps unique in India – of the reenactment of the Narkasur mythos. On the eve of Diwali, effigies of Narkasur are mounted at village squares and towns. After a night of boisterous revelry, they are consigned to flames at dawn.
These photos were taken last month on October 21, 2014, the eve of Diwali. I have also put together a short video below that captures some of the sights and sounds of the revelry.
All my posts on this theme are consolidated here.
Music credit: Raga Shankara by Bismillah Khan.