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KAUL PRASAD: (Mall Pakli)
‘Kaul Prasad’ can be obtained daily at Shri Ravalnath Temple between 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. except during Navratra (Padwa to Punav), Shigma (Holi, Gulal), Mannipunav to Panchami. Details are available on the calendar.

KAUL PRASAD (Darshan):
“Darshan” of Shri Dev Laxmi Ravalnath is now revived. Traditional annual kaul Prasad for “rakhani” from devine “bhar” (darshanpatra) can be had for five days from Dashmi to Pournima after Navrati in the month of Ashvin. Don’t miss this great occasion.

TRAYODASHI PALKHI:
On every “Shukla” and “Krishna paksha” trayodashi except during Chaturmas, palkhi procession takes place exactly at 6.30 p.m. and ends at 7.30 p.m. join in this celebrations for bliss and happiness.

MAJOR UTSAVS:
Note these major annual festivals to time your visits at Devasthan.

 

MAIN UTSAVS

Chaitra shukla Navami

Shree Ram Navami

Ashwin Shukla Pratipada to Navami

Navratotsava

Ashwin Shukla Dashami to Pournima

Kaul – Prasad (Darshan of Shree Ravalnath)

Pausha Shukla dwitiya

Biyechi Jatra (Ravalnath Gavanvada)

Pausha Shukla Dwitiya

Malini Pournima Jatra

CALENDAR OF ANNUAL EVENTS :
Every year the managing committee publishes the calendar of all annual events of the Saunsthan. This is sponsored by Shree Raghunath Guinde (Shree Sainath Printers Dombivali Mumbai), and is available free of charge. Please give your name and address to book free copy of the calendar and collect during your visit.

Some peculiarities and specialities of the deities and their festivals In this temple of Devakikrishna.

In the entire territory of Goa, one comes across one and the only one temple of Shri Devakikrishna deity. Besides, during the days of his infancy or childhood, Lord Krishna is seen here happily in the lap of his dear mother Devaki. Such a beautiful, affectionate, lovingly tender form of a deity is unique here. Nowhere else such a scene or form is seen or heard of by anyone. Moreover, during the festival called the ‘Shibikotsav’, Lord Shri Krishna is seen in his mother’s lap, while he sits in the chariot, he sits all alone. Again the idol of Lord Shrikrishna which sits in the chariot is of blackish (‘shyamavarnni’) in colour and made of Tulsi wood and it looks so attractive and eye-catching that even an atheist and a strong non-believer would fall in love instantly and having been so infatuated would surely change his/her views and become a believer! One should go there and see the thing actually to be experienced! Is it not true that ‘seeing is believing?’

Having known this much about the actual idol, let us now get to know some details about the major festivities, rituals and celebrations that take place at this famous Devasthan from time to time.

The Annual Zatra of Shri Devakikrishna comes in the month of Margashirsha in the Shukla trayodashi (thirteenth day of the first half of the month of Margashirsha). And throughout the year with the exception of the ‘Chaturmas’ period, ‘Shibikotsav’ is held there every fortnight regularly; and that too on the day of ‘trayodashi’. This shows that this particular ‘tithi’ (the day) has special importance in this temple. In fact as far as Lord Krishna or any of the observance or festivity about Him can go, ‘Ashttami’ or the eighth day should have been more logical, reasonable and understandable. However, some people conjecture that in ancient times, when this deity was established on the Chudamani or the Chodan island, it might have been the thirteenth day. Or may be when it was shifted to Mashel via Mayem, and finally established in Mashel, these days too might have been the ‘trayodashis!’ Of course there is a special significance and importance for the l3th day or the ‘trayodashi’ in the Hindu Dharmashastras. There is a popular saying coming down to us from the ancient tradition called ‘trayodashi sarvasiddhi’ (trayodashi is the most auspicious day for all accomplishments). This is a populr belief among the Hindus eve today. This day is supposed to be a good ‘muhurt’ day for any endeavour. But it is doubtful whether this belief alone is responsible for special significance of this day at this day. On the contrary the theory that the deity was originally established on this day sound more plausible and trustworthy. So the annual zatrotsav or the usual shibikotsav carry the significance of ‘trayodashi’.

More Important Specialities : The ‘Dahimkaalaa’ and ‘Gaullannkaalaa’
‘Dahimkaalaa’ and ‘Gaullannkaalaa’ are the special festivities connected with the Devakikrishna’s childhood. Particularly, the Dahimkala is concerned with the child Shrikrishna and his pranks. In Mashel, on the next day morning the perched rice brought by the ‘sevekaris’ (people working for the temple) and the devotee villagers is mixed with curds small balls (laddoos) are made and are distributed to all and sundry. And in the evening the festivity of ‘Gaullannkaalaa’ is celebrated. This is again connected with the chilhood pranks and mischief of Lord Shrikrishna. There is a continuous tradition of hundred of years behind this festival. In many other temples too, this ‘kaalaa’ celebration and also the ‘Gaullannkaalaa’ is regularly held every year. But the strong tradition, joy and the status which the ‘Kaalaa’festival at the Devakikrishna temple is unique and this can best be perceived by the real lovers of Lord Krishna indeed!

‘Kaul Prasaad’
In Goa, in almost all the temples, there is this tradition of taking ‘kaul prasaad’ (permission of the deity before any endeavour) since ancient times. By way of exceptions, only in the temples of a very few deities like Shri Dat’tamaharaj, Shri MarutiRai, Shri Vitthal- Rakhumai this custom of kaul prasaad is conspicuously non-existent. May be, taking God ‘s permission through this ritual called the kaul prasaad or simply prasaad should depend upon the wishes and beliefs of particular individuals purely by choice. However, by and large, in Goa, overall Hindus, before any ceremony likethe thread ceremony, marriage and other auspicious occasion, makes it a point to observe this ritual by approaching their family deities. This is a well known custom and a settled tradition which has been continuing since ancient times. Besides, even at the times of calamities or supposed obstacles of superstition-based problems, Goan Hindus go to either the family deity or the deity of the village or any other deity in whom they have faith to take the ‘prasaad’. But there is no temple in Goa where and when this ritual can be observed on all the days throughout the year. Just as some days are earmarked for observing the ritual, there are also days fixed on which this ritual of taking prasaad cannot be held. Many a time a devotee comes from far away place and somehow after coming to the Devakikrishna temple he might come to know that the prasaad cannot be held on that day. Such instances naturally put devotees to great hardships and inconvenience. In order to avoid this, below are mentioned for the benefit of devotees the days on which the prasaad can be held and also on which such a ritual cannot be carried out.

The following days are regarded as ‘prasaad varjya’ (no prasaad ) days :-
The month: ‘Tithi’ (The day according to Hindu calendar)
Chaitra        Shukla Pratipadaa ( Guddhi Paddvaa)
“                Krishna Dashami
Vaishaakh    Krishna Dvitiyaa
Aashaaddh   Shukla Ekaadashi (Aashaaddhi Ekadashi)
Shravann     Pournnimaa (Naralli Pournnima)
“                Krishna Ashttami (Shrikrishna Jayanti)
Bhaadrapad  Shukla Chaturthi (Shri Ganesh Chaturthi)
“                Shukla Panchami (Rishi Panchami)
Aashwin      Shukla Pratipadaa Ghattasthapanaa Navratri
Commencement right upto Kojaguiri Pournnimaa. Krishna Chaturdashi (Narak Chaturdashi)
Kaartik        Shukla Pratipadaa –Balipratipadaa (Dhenddlo Paddvo)
“                Shukla Ekaadashi, Dwadashi and Trayodashi
Pousha        Pournnima (Malini Pournnimaa)
right upto Maagha
Maagha       Pournnimaa (i.e. for one full month)
“                Maagha Krishna Chaturdashi (Mahashivratri)
Phalgun From Pournnimaa upto Rangapanchami (Holi)

The ritual of these ‘prasad’ entails applying the pieces of Karmali leaves to the idol from whom the permission or blessing is sought. There is no custom of applying prasad to Shrr Devakikrishna, as a matter of fact. Prasad is sought from Shri Ravallnaath-Pandav wada (Shree Piso Ravllu) so also from Shree Ravallnaath -Gavonn wada (Shri Laxmi Ravallnaath) deities. The ‘Kaul’( permission ) is also sought from the Shree Bhumikadevi deity but only in case the problem or issue is of public nature.

As has been already said elaborately, formerly, in ancient times, the deity Shri Devakikrishna alongwith the family of His other deities was dwelling on the island called Chudamani (now called Chodan or as in English or Portuguese: ‘Choraon’). During the times of conversions in Goa the deity was shifted to Mashel where He now stands. Some more details about His history and ancestry.


SHREE DEVKIKRISHNA RAVALNATH SAUNSTHAN
MASHEL – GOA.
SHREE GOKULASHTAMI UTSAV IS FAST APPROACHING THIS YEAR ON THUSDAY, 9TH AUGUST 2012 BEGINNING WITH MORNING MAHABHISHEK AT 9:00 AM; THEN AT 10:00 AM DEPARTURE OF LORD DEVKIKRISHNA IN PLAKHI PROCESSION FOR TIRTHASNANA AT HOLY PLACE AT TARIWADA, MASHEL.
ON THIS GRAND UTSAV DAY FROM 5:00 TO 7:45 PM THERE WILL BE A PLEASANT KIRTAN (HARI KATHA) PROGRAMME ON SHREE KRISHNA JANMA BY H.B.P. SUHASBUA VAZE FROM BORIM – GOA.
SHREE KRISHNA JANMOTSAVA AT 8:00 PM; FROM 9:00 TO 10:00 PM ABHISHEK-SEVA WILL BE OFFERED TO LORD DEVKIKRISHNA BY MAHAJANS/KULAVIS & BHAVIKS. ALANKAR SEVA AT 11:00 PM THEN TULSIDAL-ARCHANA AT 11:30 PM FOLLOWED BY MAHAARATI, MAHANAIVEDHYA, SAMUHIK PRAYER (GARANE) & CONCLUDED WITH PRASAD DISTRIBUTION.
ALL MAHAJANS/KULAVIS & BHAKTA-BHAVIKS ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS AUSPICIOUS UTSAV WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS AND SEEK DEVINE BLESSINGS.
ON NEXT DAY FRIDAY 10/08/2012 EVENING AT 6:00 PM THERE WILL BE DAHI-HUNDI COMPITITION ON SHREE DEVKIKRISHNA GROUND FOR WHICH 1ST, 2ND & 3RD CASH PRIZES OF RS.1500/-; RS.1000/- & RS.750/- RESPECTIVELY WILL BE GIVEN TO THE PARTICIPATED WINNERS. ALL ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THIS ANNUAL PROGRAM.
YOURS FAITHFULLY,
MANAGING COMMITTEE.
MASHEL – GOA,
DATE: 29 JULY 2012.

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