‘Celebrating legacy’ – Navrathri is a festival which goes by the phrase strictly . As most of us would know,in Tamil Nadu, Navrathri is celebrated by setting up Golu(Arrangement of Dolls). This Golu would comprise of dolls that had been passed on from different generations and each time the collections getting bigger in size with the addition of a new set of Dolls. These dolls would fall under different categories, which includes depiction of events sited in Puranas, day to day activities of people in Tamil Nadu, the rituals they perform during the course of one’s life, etc. Golu is one of the most exiting way to educate the kids on the stories of our epics , customs and beliefs of the families and thereby keeping the traditions intact. Here are few pics from this year’s Golu displays which I found really interesting and enthralling (Unfortunately I could capture only a few before the shop keeper chased me out of the shop 😛 )
Epic : Ramayana:
Lord Vishnu in Garuda:
Lord Vishnu In Narasimha Avatar:
Lord Shiva’s Marriage:
While in olden days, the Marriage set was very common where the Bride and the Groom sits in the middle with the priest performing Homam, the grooms’s sister holding a lamp behind , now this Marriage ceremony itself has been expanded a lot with the inclusion of Groom welcoming ceremony (Mapilai Azhaipu), Bride welcoming ceremony (Pen azhaippu), Marriage feast , Musical concerts etc.
Apart from this we have the Baby shower ceremony, tonsuring ceremony for babies, House warming ceremony, the ritual of taking bath in a pond and worshipping God, Worship of Cows etc.
We can find these dolls a lot in Kuralagam and Mylapore areas in Chennai during the Navarathri Season. Its also good to visit Khadi which sells these dolls at reasonable prices. In Bangalore, I could find these dolls in Malleswaram 1oth cross street.
This practise of Golu is common in Karnataka and Andhra as well. But there are different sets of Dolls in these places specific to the customs and traditions of that particular places. More on these on my next article. *Stay connected*