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A devotee busy to clean her ustensils with water+ashes, is sitting under a red tent in the paddy field in front of the temple.

Every year in the first week of January, Zatra festival is celebrated for 5 days at Shri Bodgeshwar Temple in Mapusa (a small town in north Goa, situated 13kms from Panaji).
Surrounded by greenery, it is a small shrine dedicated to Kanakeshwar Baba or Bodgeshwar, locally known as Bongini.
Thousands of devotees flock to this temple, and an endless crowds pile up in the paddyfields.

The god is regarded as agngavani i.e. to whom vows are made and who fulfills desires of the devotees. On the fulfillment of desires, people offer presents(flowers, bananas etc.) to the God as promised by them earlier.

A big fair bristling with local sweets called "kaddio-boddio", eats, toys, utensils, tea stalls, game stalls like the giant-wheel, tattooists, etc.

(INFO PARTIALLY TAKEN FROM : http://www.goacom.org/goanow/2001/jan/feasts.html)

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