Dhendlo celebration in Goa

Dhendlo represents Lord Shri Krishna, who was himself a cowherd.

“Dhe Dhendlo
Dhendlya Paus shendlyo,
Dhendlya Ayi Matari,
Shelle Uun Khatali,
Dhe Dhendlo
Dhendlya Paus shendlo.
Ghancha Katar Ghann…. Katar Katar Ghan”

Dhendlo is celebrated in some parts of Goa after Laxmi Puja. Dhendlo celebration is also a day where Goans worship cows, known as “Gorvancho Padvo”.

Dhendlo represents Lord Shri Krishna, who was himself a cowherd. Goans carry Dhendlo as an idol of Shri Krishna around the village. A Devaro is carried by a man on his head who visits every house when he visits his feet are washed and kumkum, flowers are offered to Lord Krishna.

Villagers accompany the Dhendlo by chanting and dancing on the tunes of dhol & tasso.

“Chanyecha pilha re teen patha
Aani Raavanan Sityek yela dhakay vatha…
Vosoi Vosoi….”

Photo credit: Manish Chopdekar