outside the temples in goa you may come across flower vendors. in hindu religion it is common to offer fresh flowers, coconut, and vermillion to the lord.
the vendors usually have readymade plates known as thalis/plastic baskets, also included in the plates is "prasad" a sweet delicacy usually known as "pedhas".
womenfolk often offer a "sari"(traditional wrap around dress of indian women) to the goddess which is known as "oti".
when the offering is made at the lords feet the head priest "pujari/guruji" hands over half of the coconut pedhas and some flowers from gods feet as a blessing to be taken home.
big boxes kept in temples for offerings from pilgrims are known as "danpetis" believers donate sums of money into these boxes for various charity and upkeep of the temple and its community.
the flower vendors are usually out to make some business. they might pester a newcomer or a foreign tourist but usually a smile with no thanx is all that is required to dissuade them if u are not to keen on buying their wares.
it is very important to remember to leave out ur footwear at the doorstep of the temple.
important that u wear simple sandals or chappals when u are making a temple trip as u may have to remove them often and shoes may be cumbersome to put on everytime.
To the earlier visitors from Portuguese, Goa was Rome of the East, both for absoluteness and beauty.
This church in old Goa, built in 1600s, is now declared a World Heritage Monument. The church houses the relics of St. Francis Xavier, patron saint of Goa. This church continues to attract the devout of all lands and tourists as well.
Peddlers sell candles outside the church, but there is no point buying them as you are not allowed to light candles inside the basilica BTW Bom means Good
By the end of august there is a festival dedicated to Ganesha Goddes in all India, specially in Mumbai. I was in Goa when it took place. People bring their own little statues of the elephant goddes to the beach shore, they pray, light candles and fireworks… and finally they go into the waters with the little shrines, to purify.
The festivities in Mumbai are crowded, but the ones in little villages are more reachable, you can join the locals and participate too…
Christmas is HUGE in Goa...and is the busiest time of the year. Parties everywhere...and a huge influx of visitors. Its great seeing lots of Father Christmas hats being worn...and its in the 90's!
This imposing monument right opposite the Basilica of Bom Jesus houses the archeological museum which has portriats of Goa's viceroy's