Ghumot must be declared State’s musical instrument, says Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar 

While extending  greetings to Goans on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, the Minister for Tourism, Govt. of Goa Manohar Ajgaonkar  today said, “I will impress on the government to  declare  the Ghumot, the traditional  folk musical instrument, as a State instrument which is unique to Goa and  used  during various festivals  across religious lines.  The beats of the Ghumot resonate and adds rhythm to Goan traditions be it an aarti, folk songs etc. 

Likewise some of the key locations where the ethnic Ganesh Sarvajanik celebrations have become an attraction will be promoted widely by the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Goa on all platforms.” Ajgaonkar said that there are various aspects from the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in Goa that need to be showcased and preserved for posterity.

Ajgaonkar today invoked the blessings of Lord Ganesha on the State of Goa which is bustling with activity and has already started witnessing an influx of visitors to the State for the celebrations and vacations. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with  much gaiety and  fanfare all across the State and Goa is one  of the many states which attracts tourists  who partake in the  festivities and tour  various places to view the  idols of Lord Ganesha installed at Hindu family houses as well as  at Sarvajanik mandals all across the State. 

Ajgaonkar today said, “There is no better place to enjoy Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations than in Goa which showcases the real essence of the festival through various forms like music, décor, cuisine, folklore etc. It is only in Goa where one can experience the spiritual fervor of Ganesh Chaturthi where the local culture is at its fore.” 


The traditional aartis, special preparation of vegetarian cuisine, ethnic costumes, matoli decorations, and  fugdi dance make the occasion unique in Goa. In Goa, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated from duration of one day to 21 days.  In addition to household installations  of the Ganesh idol, some  of the  best Ganesh installations  for public viewing are at  Marcel and Cumbarjua,  Likewise  some  artistic installations  can  be viewed  in the capital city – Panjim and other cities of Margao, Mapusa, Vasco and Ponda. 

Ajgaonkar also said that in Goa a lot of emphasis is on eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Conscious of the environment in Goa, idols of Lord Ganesha are sculptured from clay and decorations plastic free. Ajgaonkar expressed confidence that in the years to come, Goa will be a leading tourism destination during Ganesh Chaturthi for its uniqueness.

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