Cumbarjua Ganesh Sangodd



The green banks of the Cumbarjua canal come alive with music, crackers and floats on boats on the seventh day of Ganesh Chaturthi. The occasion is the traditional ‘Sangodd’, on which the people of Marcel and Cumbarjua take their Ganesh idols for immersion in the river on flotillas of boats strung together and decorated with floats depicting mythological, social and other themes. The bursting of crackers and playing of music on speakers enliven the celebrations.

Villagers say that the origin of the unique celebration can be traced to about a century ago. A vodekar (boatman) family had installed their idol of Lord Ganesha at Shantadurga Cumbharjuvekarin temple, across the river in Marcel. At the time of immersion on the seventh day, the family used a canoe for the immersion. But over the years, the crowds for the immersion grew and several canoes had to be struck together to accommodate them. The sangodd or the flotilla of boats became a colourful tradition with decorations and introduction of mythological themes.

Photos by Lynn Barreto Miranda /

Clicked on 17th September 2018.


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