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Friday, October 12, 2012

Navarathri Golu at Thiruvallikkeni - Dolls in display

In the Tamil  month of ‘Purattasi’ comes the grand  festival of “Navarathri”- literally meaning ‘Nine fabulous Nights’ – celebrated all over South India.

This comes at the ascendence of moon in the month of Purattasi.  This year the Navarathri celebrations commence on Monday, 15th October 2012 [29th day of Purattasi].  

 It is customary in Southern States to keep a display known as ‘bommai Golu” (display of dolls) in most houses. This is an ornate exhibition of various dolls and figurines of Gods, National Leaders, Fruits, Vegetables, Animals etc., Traditionally the dolls used to be made of earthern soil, now-a-days many are of paper. The dolls are carefully kept packed throughout the year and are displayed during these nine days of “Navarathri”.

Every day, people invite their near and dear. People visit the houses of Relatives, neighbours and friends for seeing the Bommai Golu and for exchanging pleasantries. Gifts are also given to visitors.

Naturally Shops sell beautifully made dolls.  Here are some of the ornate dolls of Gods on display in a Shop in ‘Rukmini Mini Hall’ Near Temple Ther, Thiruvallikkeni.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

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