This annual celebration are held at Vitalapur-Sanquelim on the banks of the River Valavanti and this year were held on 11th November. The highlights of the festival was the procession of Lord Krishna which started at 7pm, followed by floating of lamps in the River Valvanti. After the arrivial of the Palakhi (Palanquin) procession of Lord Vithal and Goddess Rakhumai at 11pm, symbolic killing of demon Tripurasur (Tripurasur Wadh) took place and release of Sarang (hot air balloon lamp) and fireworks. The highlight of the festival was the decorative and artistic models of boat, crafted out of cardboard and thermocol floating in the river at midnight.
At Vithalapur there in a tradition of carrying out ‘deeparadhana’ on Tripurari Poornima within the premises of the Vithala Temple.
The temple premises are illuminated with lamps and the ‘palkhi’ of Lord Vithala is taken out in procession to the River Valavanti where after carrying out the ‘pooja’, lamps are offered to the God and set afloat on the river.
Earlier, earthen lamps placed within small bowls made of leaves were floated. Later, the shape of the leaf bowl or ‘drona’ changed to take the shape of a boat.
However, the core of this festival, worship of lamps (deeparadhana) and offering of lamps to God (deepadana) remain unchanged.
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