Devotees of ‘Devki-Krishna’ celebrate unique ‘Chikhal Kalo’ festival

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Marcel (Goa), July 07 (ANI): The ‘Chikhal Kalo’ festival or ‘Mud festival’ is celebrated on 11th day of the Hindu calendar’s ‘Ashadha’ month in Goa’s Marcel village. This festival is also known as Mud festival in which devotees smear each other with wet, brown earth imitating Hindu God Krishna. Hundreds of devotees play in muddy pool at the premises of Marcel’s temple. Devotees believe that the festival is celebrated to emulate Lord Krishna, who used to play such games with his friends. Devotees also offer prayers at the Devki-Krishna temple. The festival concludes with Dahi Handi wherein youngsters form a human pyramid to reach pot filled with curd that is hung from a tree in the temple’s compound.

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