One of the messages on whatsapp received recently, said “The last week end of 2014 - Enjoy it”. Our swimming group ‘The early Birds’ took it seriously and decided to do something about the suggestion. An invitation from one of the members to visit his village near Cuncolim for the annual ‘Jatra’ of ‘Shantadurga kunkallikarin’ and have dinner in his house came in handy. The invitation had been there for a week on the ‘whatsapp’ group and had not received any response. I do not know who let out the word that the major component of 'Teerth' in the ‘Teerth-Prasad’ is going to be ‘Chivas Regal’, suddenly on the Sunday morning there were half a dozen takers. We have another friend whose in - laws live in the nearby village 'Betul' and own a fishing boat. He offered to provide ‘Tea’ - Just real tea - and take us for a ride on the fishing boat in the sea if we could leave a bit early. A full fledged plan of a ‘pleasure cruise followed by Darshan and teerth prasad’ got in place in no time and was notified.
We were to leave by four but we left by five due to force of habit and when we arrived at Betul it was just past six. Just a few minutes spent exchanging pleasantries and we were in the boat.
|Getting into the boat - carefully|
|Heading towards the open sea. Calm water, cool breeze, beautiful sights, pleasant going.|
|The family watches our departure.|
|A resort across the waters. If only the 'teerth prasad' was served here!|
|It is not so calm in the open sea. The nose rises up and dips down constantly. It is getting dark and some stomachs are turning queasy.|
|Our hosts do not mind going on for some more time but it is getting dark and there are a few requests to turn back. The light is low and the camera refuses to work. We head back.|
|What looks like some christmas decoration is the fishing net hung out to dry.|
|'Deepasthasmbha' in front of the Shantadurga temple at Cuncolim.|
|And the temple at 'Jatra' time.|