Panaji: Notwithstanding right-wing Hindu
groups opposition to the processions of Narkasur, scores of effigies of the demon king would dot every nook and corner of
The right-wing Hindu groups in Goa have opposed
organising Narkasur`s processions on the occasion of Diwali
terming it as "glorification" of evil.
"We are strictly against glorifying demon. Instead, Lord
Krishna, who killed the demon should be worshipped," Sanatan
Sanstha`s Managing Trustee, Virendra Marathe said.
Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti last week
submitted memorandums to Chief Minister Digamber Kamat and
other officials in this regard.
Also, corporate sponsorships to such processions and
inconvenience caused to people have been cited as reasons for
the opposition to these practises.
However, despite the opposition, hundreds of Narkasur
effigies will be seen throughout Goa today when they will be
taken out in processions having people dancing to loud music.
Besides, several Narkasur competitions, deciding which effigy
is the scariest, would be held.
Incidentally, it were the activities of Sanatan Sanstha
that were thoroughly probed after some of its seekers
(devotees) allegedly tried to trigger serial blasts near
Narkasur competitions last year.