PANAJI: The beautiful state on India’s southwest coast, recently won the title of “Best Fairs and Festival State” at The Economic Times Travel & Tourism Annual Conclave & Awards. This recognition highlights the state’s diverse festival calendar, showcasing its rich culture.
An important part of this success is the inspiration of Prime Minister Narendra Modiji, who strongly supports the ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ initiative for cultural and spiritual tourism. Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant, whose able leadership supports the initiative.
A notable example of Goa’s unique approach to celebrating its culture is the “Chikhal Kalo” festival in Marcel, North Goa.
This festival, happening on the eleventh day of the Hindu month of Ashadha, which is also the Aashadhi Ekadashi, the day is very spiritual and important for the devotees of Vitthal Rakhumai. Chikhal Kalo is also known as the mud bath festival. It pays homage to Lord Krishna and his friends, symbolizing the deep bond between the farming community and Mother Earth.
Under the guidance of Tourism Minister Rohan A. Khaunte, the Chikhal Kalo festival has grown into a three-day celebration, combining devotion and entertainment. Hosted at the Devki Krishna temple in Marcel, it features classical and traditional Indian and Goan music, ending with a day-long sports and play event. Tourism Minister Shri.Rohan A. Khaunte & Sports Minister Govind Gawade playing Chikhal Kalo is an inspiring example for the public.
The festival has become a major attraction for both local and international tourists, drawing large crowds and contributing significantly to Goa’s cultural tourism initiatives. Shri Rohan A. Khaunte’s vision for Goa as a Cultural Tourism destination is gaining attention with initiatives like Chikhal Kalo.
The state’s commitment to preserving its history is evident in the grand 350th Coronation Year celebrations of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the upcoming Shiv Jayanti festival in February 2024, spanning across six cities in the state.
The Narkasur Vadh, now Shree Krishna Vijayotsav, is a noteworthy transformation appreciated by many. Shree Krishna Vijayostav Spardha received widespread participation, and the Tripurari Poornima Utsav, concluding the Deepotsav, attracts national and international tourists, making it a significant event. Cultural and Spiritual Tourism is thriving under the leadership of Shri.Rohan A. Khaunte.
Goa’s festival calendar, with events like NoMoZo, the Carnival festival, and the Veerbhadra Festival and Shigmo festival, showcases the state’s rich cultural diversity. The recent recognition at The Economic Times Travel & Tourism Annual Conclave is a testament to Goa’s flourishing tourism sector. Guided by leaders like Shri Rohan A. Khaunte, Goa’s success in cultural tourism not only preserves its heritage but also boosts economic growth through increased tourism. As Goa continues to celebrate its cultural legacy through events like Chikhal Kalo, the state’s tourism economy is set for sustained growth, promising a vibrant future.