Narkasur 2015 in Goa.

Recycling the introduction from posts in years past –

The Hindu festival of Diwali (Deepavali) has multiple interpretations, all having their basis in the triumph of virtue over vice.

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 November 09, 2015, the eve of Diwali. A short video below captures some of the scenes.

My earlier posts on this theme are consolidated here.

Narkasur in Ekoshi

5DS, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

Narkasur in Ekoshi

In Ekoshi
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Narkasur in Nagueshi

In Nagueshi
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Narkasur in Campal, Panjim

Krishna battles Narkasur in Campal, Panjim
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Tableau in red sandstone.

Within an hour’s drive from Las Vegas lies the wondrous Valley of Fire. We were there on a couple of evenings last month to find a landscape limned by the rising moon.

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Post-sunset glow
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Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Moon rising
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Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Twilight colours
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A nod to America’s Hindus.

Seen last week at the McDonald’s restaurant window in Mountain View, California.

McDonalds Diwali

Diwali at McDonald’s
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  • Naren J - December 23, 2015 - 4:38 pm

    Not even one vegetarian option in the lunch menu, this empty gesture is meaningless.ReplyCancel

  • vnm - December 1, 2015 - 11:19 am

    If Hindus can tolerate the food at McD, then surely they are a tolerant lot.ReplyCancel

  • Bob_B - November 29, 2015 - 8:07 pm

    I can’t help but smiling at the “I’m lovin’ it” logo. Great capture.ReplyCancel

Start of a new day.

Seen on my morning constitutional through Panjim.

Offering to Tulsi, Panjim, Goa

Offering to Tulsi
iPhone 6s

 
Shaving session in Panjim, Goa

Group shave
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Reading newspaper in Panjim, Goa

Fresh off the press
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  • Premanand - November 15, 2015 - 9:45 pm

    Dev, Swatachi niwallsan ani khabron…Goen-karacho dis sooroo zaalo…Ooni padta ti phakta chow. :-) (Worship, personal hygiene and news…a new day has begun for the “Goen kaar”… what is missing is the cup of tea)ReplyCancel