On the first day of Navaratri, following Ganapathi pooja, a welcoming ritual is
performed for goddesses Saraswati, Parvati and Lakshmi by Hindu ritual called Kalasa Ahvanam
which is performed by an elderly male or female of the family. This is then
followed by building a rack of odd-numbered shelves of Kolu (or Padi)
(usually 3, 5, 7, 9, or 11), set up using wooden planks. After the Kolu has
been covered with fabric it is then adorned with various dolls, figurines and
toys according to their size, with the deities at the top. At Galorekart we're sworn to deliver the best online golu dolls with quick delivery.
The Kolu is
predominantly displayed with depictions from Hindu mythological Puranas text, court life, royal procession,
ratha yatra, weddings, everyday scenes, miniature kitchen utensils, anything a
little girl would have played with. It is a traditional practice to have wooden
figurines of the bride and groom together, called 'Marapacchi Bommai' or 'Pattada Gombe', usually
made of sandalwood, teak or rosewood and decorated with new clothes each year
before being displayed on the Kolu. In southern India, bride is presented with
'Marapacchi Bommai' during the wedding by her parents as part of wedding
trousseau to initiate the yearly tradition of 'Navaratri Golu' in her new home
with her husband. These dolls come as couples dressed in their wedding attire,
depicting husband and wife symbolizing prosperity and fertility and the start
of the bride's Gollu collection. Display figurines are passed on from one
generation to another as heirloom. In old Mysore area 'Pattada Gombe' is also
believed to be a tribute to the Wodeyars the benevolent and progressive
monarchs who ruled of the region for around 600 years.
In the evenings,
women within the neighborhood invite each other to visit their homes to view
the Kolu displays; they also exchange gifts and sweets. A Kuthuvilakku
lamp is lit, in the middle of a decorated Rangoli, while devotional hymns and shlokas are chanted. After performing the puja, the food items that have been prepared
are offered to the Goddess and then to the guests.
On the 9th day Saraswati Puja, special pujas are offered to
goddess Saraswati, the divine source of wisdom and
enlightenment. Books and musical instruments are placed in the puja and
worshipped as a source of knowledge.
The 10th day, Vijayadasami, is the most auspicious day of
all. It was the day on which evil was finally destroyed by good. It marks a new
and prosperous beginning. Later, on the evening of Vijayadasami, one of the doll from the display
is symbolically put to sleep, and the Kalasa is moved a bit towards North to
mark the end of that year's Navaratri golu. Prayers are offered to thank the
Lord for the successful completion of that year's Kolu and with hope of a
successful one the next year. Then the Kolu is dismantled and packed up for the
next year. Hurry up & buy online golu dolls now !