Navaratri Golu

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By Reks

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Navaratri golu is celebrated by south Indians during the nine days navarathri festival. Golu is the toy or doll arrangement made on steps of odd numbers. The marapachi dolls, husband and wife set is made of a special reddish wood. It is a custom for parents to gift a set to their daughter at the wedding. And the girl then keeps this pair first to inaugurate the golus at her new home.

The Gods and goddesses dolls are displayed around a theme. One can see the colorful mix of radha-Krishna, ram-Sita, saraswati, Lakshmi, Ganesh, hanuman, etc.. There is the very known dasavatar or 10 avatars of Vishnu also on display. In most homes it is a tradition to buy one new doll every year to add to their collection.
Ladies and girls are invited to visit one s place to see the kolu and  participate in chanting hymns and shlokas. Before leaving all of them are given kumkum, Prasad and a goody bag.

After the 10th day or vijayadashmi, all thank God for making it a successful one this year and wishing to continue it in the years to come. the dolls are then removed ,packed neatly and put away for the next year.

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