Gorvancho Padwo is celebrated a day after Diwali after Laxmi puja is being celebrated. On this day Cows are worshipped. On this day in certain villages in Goa. Early morning the cowshed is cleaned and decorated with flowers along with mango tree leaves. Oil is applied to the cow and after that it is bathed. Later Arti and Puja of cow is performed and a tilak of kumkum (vermillion) is applied on its forehead. Cow is decorated with garland of flowers, colorful design are drawn on its back and then it is draped with a cloth. A thick pole(roti made of rice) is made of boiled rice flour and urid dal is hung around its neck, which is later eaten by members of the family and also offered to others. Delicious food is offered to the hard-working animal and it is allowed to rest on this day.
Beside this a small model cowshed is made of cow-dung just below Tulsi Vrindavan, which has various rooms and “Gairi” too, which is used by farmer to collect ash and cowdung. Inside this cowshed, tiny model of cows are made using wild fruit “Caarit”, also at last a doll is placed in this shed to symbolise “Gavli” Cowherd. Some people also places idol of lord Shri Krishna.
Cow is worshiped on this day as Goa has always depended on Cow to work in the fields and due to this once a year a farmer holds this festival as a thanksgiving to this loyal and hardworking animal. People from Ponda, Marcel celebrates this festival with great magnificence.
In some villages tribal community of the village celebrate “Dhendlo” on this day. Dhendlo exemplify Shri Krishna, who was companion of the cowherds. They carry Dhendlo an idol of Krishna in around the village, a square-shaped box like a “Devaro”, which is carried by a man on his head. He is accompanied by other villagers as they move around singing. Villagers also plays instruments like dhol, taashe etc and singing:
Dhendlya Paus shendlyo,
Dhendlya Ayi Matari,
Shelle Uun Khatali,
Dhendlya Paus shendlo.
Person carying the Dhendlo visits every house from village, when he visits a house his feet are washed by the housewife. Then kumkum is applied and flowers are offered to Lord Krishna. Aarti is performed and
rice, jaggery and coconuts are offered and in the evening womenfolk cooks “Godshe”, which is also distributed all over the village.
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