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Traditional artists at work. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is just around the corner and artists in Goa are imparting finishing touches to their Ganeshas. The celebrations begin on September 5 when the idols will be installed in Hindu homes all over Goa for the 2-day festivities. I visited three traditional artists over the past […]

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Religious and cultural heritage of Goa. The next installment in my ongoing series features the Vetal from Priol, once a village of great beauty, shade, and quiet. These images, taken in 2007, assume an added sense of value as historic records given the pervasive trend of taking down the old temples on the pretext of […]

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Salutations to the God of Intellect and Wisdom. This year the festival in honour of Ganesha will be celebrated on Monday, September 9. Excerpts from my introduction to the Ganesha photo gallery in The Huffington Post, 2010: The story is told that the elephant-headed Ganesha and his brother Kartikeya, the god of war, were once […]

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The village of Mashel (also spelled Marcela) in Goa holds a unique distinction: it is said to be the only site in India where Krishna is worshipped alongside his biological mother, Devaki. The origins of this unusual practice are lost in the mists of antiquity. What we know is that an ancient temple of Devaki-Krishna […]

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Greetings to all on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. It is one of the major festivals in Goa and this year the celebrations fall on September 18 through 20. The heavily forested taluka of Sattari in Goa‘s northeast holds some of the most remarkable surprises. This ancient image of Ganesha, embraced by the roots of […]

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