Friday, December 5, 2014

Shanti Avedna Sadan, Loutolim - Goa

Did you know that Goa has Free Hospital for terminally ill Cancer patients?
As for me, I was not aware of, only found out recently.

I am just told that one of my friends’ uncle was here some years ago and that they found the hospital good, clean and tidy.

Talking high about the hospice, young Jude of Cansaulim who died recently and was also an inmate here said ‘I wish I was here long before’

28 years old, Goa’s first Free Hospice Shanti Avedna Sadan is now been extended with  extra wards - 30 more beds.

Shanti Avedna Sadan
A hospice for terminally ill Cancer patients.
A hospital which is free of cost to all, irrespective of Community caste or creed.
Run by Sisters of Holy Cross and managed by the Charitable Trust

Cardinal Oswald Gracias blessed and inaugurated  the new wing of Shanti Avedna Sadan at Nacorda Loutolim Goa on 2nd December 2014.

Some pics and Video

Mass service

9 priests concelebrated mass






 Cardinal blesses the new wards

 Cardinal blesses the inmates


Sister, Fr. Lucio Dias, Cardinal, Fr. Joaquim Loyola and Dr. Luis Jose De Souza (Luzito)



Cardinal with the people


Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai


Dr. Luzito De Souza, Cardinal, Fr. Lucio Dias, Fr. Joaquim Loyola


Dr. Luzito De Souza

Luis Jose De Souza

Managing trustee

 I will Praise the name of God with a song:

I will magnify Him with Thanks giving.


Engineer / Architect

 Floor, Ward, blocks named after benefactors / donors

Dr. Joao Manuel and Dona Alcina Pacheco Figueiredo

 Zenia Mendes

 Original House and Land donated by Elvira de Noronha


Phyllis Anjali Mendes

 External wall

 Buffet table

Video: Mass, Blessing etc

Shanti Avedna Sadan
Nacorda, Loutulim, Salcette, Goa 403718
Tel. 91-832-2777024

With Branches at Goa, Mumbai and Delhi, please visit the site for more info and details

Friday, November 7, 2014

Tripurari Purnima - Boat Festival at Vithalpur Sankhali, Goa

Tripurari Poornima -  Unique Boat Festival at Vithalapur Sankhali (Sanquelim, Goa)
on 6th November 2014 around 11.30pm
  This day marks the end of Diwali, which is celebrated as the festival of Tripurari Purnima. Tripurari Purnima, is declared as a state festival by Government of Goa as a part of its effort to promote local fairs and festivals.
Tripurari purnima is jointly organized by Department of Art and Culture, Goa Tourism Development Corporation, Department of Tourism and Department of Information and Publicity in association with local Deepavali Utsav Committee, Vithalapur, Sankhali.
The festival of Tripurari Purnima marks the celebration of a mythical legend based on Lord Shiva and a demon named Tripurasara. The demon received blessings from Lord Shiva to build three cities made of gold, silver and iron, after which he became extremely powerful. His inflated ego knew no bounds and he started attacking and tormenting humans and demi gods (devas). Brahma and Vishnu failed to contain Tripurasura who was armed with several boons from Shiva.
Eventually, Lord Shiva had to intervene and destroy the demon. This great victory happened on the full moon day in Kartik month and therefore the day is celebrated as Tripurari Poornima. Traditionally, the festival is celebrated by lighting of lamps.
Vithalapur in Sanquelim, near the Pundalik Temple, will be lit up and ready for a boat contest which is the main highlight of this festival. The river Valvanti which flows nearby makes it an ideal spot for the boat competition. Diyas or lamps are placed in the water before the boats enter. The boats are miniature replicas of actual ships while others are traditional crafts mostly made of thermacol and cardboard. This colorfully lit up scene forms a visual treat for the large numbers gathered.
Apart from the boat competition, there are a host of cultural programmes which includes songs by well known Goan artistes and performances of various traditional folk dances such as Goff, Dhalo, Tonyamel, Veerbhadra, Samai dance etc. As the competition progresses the competitors boats are brought and displayed near the shore. The night ends with an extravagant firework display. Prizes are awarded to winners of the boat competition.

GTDC arranges for transport facilities for in-house guests (at the Residencies) and local Goans to witness the Tripurari Poornima celebrations. GTDC Coaches/Buses leaves from Miramar, Santa Monica Jetty & Mapusa Residency 8 pm onwards and will return at 12.30 pm in the night. Tickets  charges @ Rs. 100/- per person. 
 Every year nearly 15000 spectators attend this festival. International tourists staying at five star hotels also attend this festival in large numbers through special tours conducted by hotels.
Come visit the Goa and experience the unique boat festival which will take your breath away.
 Contact Goa Tourism 0832-2438866, 2464154, 2262694 or visit website  (info taken from GTDC site)

Wanted to go there for last several years, finally made it lastnight.
We left 8.30 and arrived there after 9.30pm
Panaji, Mapusa, Tivim, Asnora, Bicholim and then Sankli.
The boat show started 11.45 and ended just before 12.30am with fireworks etc
We were back home around 2am

This year, there were about 46 colourful boats.
I wish I could see the beats day time too to know or to appreciate the art.
Lot of enthusiasm and hard work.  Well done boys!

some pics


Float, Mythological characters
 shigmo boat


Moon above the temple, River


 Shri Vithal Temple

 Section of the crowd watching boat show in the river


Video 1 - Photo Show

Video 2 - Boats show in the River

Video 3 - Temple, boats etc

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Narkasur 2014, Panaji, St. Inez, Goa

Narkasur 2014
Demon gods of Panaji and St.Inez, Tonca, Miramar Area.

in crises..
Struggling to fix up even after 8pm
Lovely boys Dhempo Bhatt

 Not ready yet..8pm

St. Inez main Road


 Colonies opp St. Inez Church
African Narkasur with afro hair

Near Taj Vivanta
St. Inez junction

Next to GT

 Altinho Road

 Palacio de Goa Road

Near Models HO

City Narkasur, Panaji
Near Canara Bank

D B Road, Miramar

 Sky lamps Akash deep

Pro Kabaddi league

 caculo Mall


Monday, October 13, 2014

Colva Fama 13.10.2014

Minin Jezu pau

COLVA:  13.10.2014

More pics and videos visit here

Infant Jesus, Minin Jezu, kissing, veneration


Mian Altar
Our Lady of Mercês


Priest Mass, Altar


Double line Q for Veneration, kissing of the Miraculous Statue
Of Infant Jesus

 over bridge


the Church
Our Lady of Mercês (1635)


Wax Items, Angovnn


Feri, dos, Khajem, reuddio


Blessed Cords, Counters etc


Bhoje Kapam Sango
Rs10 for 10 boje




Inside Church, dog, puppy, pulpit


Vcds DVDs CDs

Video 1 - Photo Show

Colva Fama Infant Jesus special

Video 2  - a short tour

HD version video