Adpai comes alive as ‘Kutumba Ganeshas’ are immersed



The environs of Adpai a tiny village in Ponda taluka comes alive annually on the fifth day of the ‘Chovoth’ as over a thousand families members scattered across Goa, come together for the immersion ceremony of the 17 ‘kutumba (family) Ganesh’ idols.

The village narrow roads reverberated with devotional songs, as processions of Ganesh idols and tableaux depicting several mythological scenes and current issues pass through these narrow roads for the immersion ceremony.

Ganesh Chaturthi, popularly known as ‘Chovoth’ in Goa, is an event when family members come together to worship Lord Ganesh. Many old houses wear a new bright look and come alive to the sounds of the festive celebration.

Here the 17 ‘kutumbs’ (joint families comprising several nuclear families) – the Kurdikar, Khandeparkar, Borkar, Bandodkar, Mahalaxmikar, Pokle, Soshebhatkar, Khumne Bhatkar, Mardolkar, Lotlikar, Shivamba Lotlikar, Mangni, Khandekar, Khalche Mule, Varche Mule, Naik-Tari and Vasta do not celebrate the festival individually, but come under one roof for a collective celebration. Though members of the seventeen kutumbs are scattered across the state for the sake of livelihood, they flock to their ancestral paternal homes in Adpai to celebrate the festival together

The clay idol of Lord Ganesha is not bought but, as is tradition, is made by a member of the Naik Kurdikar family at the temple. The clay idol of Ganpati, when ready for worship, is brought inside the temple where the final touch – painting the eyes open – is done. It is believed that life is imbibed into the clay idol only after the first prayers.

All the idols are taken to the Datta Mandap in the village and after a last joint prayer, they are taken on canoes and immersed in the Zuari river.

Photos by Lynn Barreto Miranda /


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