|May 11, 2016 at 10:24 am #6487|
The popular jatrotsav of Goddess Lairai of Shirigaon-Bicholim will be celebrated on Wednesday. The agnidivya (walking barefoot on burning amber) by thousands of dhonds is the feature of the jatrotsav.
The stage is set for the jatrotsav. The houses in the village are painted and decorated with kamanis and lights.
On the occasion, various rituals will be held in the temple and at the ‘adisthan’ of the deity at Mudder- Shirigaon. Firewood has been piled up near banyan tree where dhonds perform agnidivya.
A special transport arrangement has been made by the concerned authorities for the convenience of the devotees.
Police force will be deployed to see that there is no law and order situation.
Some devotees observe five-day fast and consume only fruits and water.
More than 10,000 dhonds perform agnidivya on the midnight of the jatra after taking bath in a sacred lake. They walk on burning coal by wearing special attire and chanting ‘Shri Lairai Mata ki jai, Har Har Mahdev.’ The jatrotsav concludes following four-day Kaulotsav.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Lairai jatrotsav today“