As part of the Navarathri celebrations, everyone, particularly in South India, keeps Golu in their houses on Mahalaya Amavasai which is an auspicious day. This year, Navarathri celebrations began on October 13, 2015; Manmadha varusha Purattasi 26am naal (Mahalaya Amavasai).
Golu is generally kept in odd number of steps (padi) [3, 5, 7, 9 or 11] for nine nights. Ladies of the house set up the Golu with a lot of involvement and exhibit their handicrafts and toys (made of clay and wood) arranged aesthetically. This is a modest way for them to use their imagination and display their skill and vision of various themes. Women visit each other home during this time from the day following Mahalaya Amavasai. Thamboolam is given to sumangalis as its considered very auspicious particularly during this period. Women make varied kolams and light lamp (Villakku) in front of the Golu in the morning and evening similar to that done for the Athu Koil Azhwar (home deity).
Different types of sundals and sweets are prepared for amsai and distributed as prasadams to guests and visitors. The guests are insisted on showing their talent during this time through various means including singing or playing (instruments) carnatic music in front of the Golu among other things. For detailed significance of Navarathri, you could also read this article: Significance Of Navarathiri Celebration
During this Manmadha Varusha Navarathri, readers of Anudinam are invited to showcase their Athu Golu in Anudinam. Kindly send us atleast 5 photographs of Golu kept in your house or nearby temples with a brief description along with your name and address to get it published. These details must be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and whatsapp number 9514526375.
The following details are necessary to publish your Golu photos
- Mail id/ Contact Number
- Send Atleast 5 photos
Here is showcasing the Golu of some of the Anudinam readers…
Golu at Kudil of Arun Kumar Son of Lalitha, Ambattur
Golu at Ayothiya Mandapam, West Mambalam
Golu at Kudil of Upili Iyengar, Kovaipudur
Golu at Kudil of Visranth.V.V, Vandalur Chennai
Golu at Kudil of S. Visalakshmi & R. Rajalakshmi, Ramapuram Chennai
Golu at Kudil of Kousalya N, Bangalore
Golu at Kudil of Srinivasan Vasumathy, Coimbatore
Golu at Kudil of Anuradha Renganathan, US
Golu at Kudil of Mahesh Doraisami, West Tambaram Chennai
- Despite having a 2 yr toddler, We’ve spent lots of hours during his sleep time and late evenings without any external help
- Traditional vs Modern theme – where we have dolls of yester years Ashtalakshmi set, Dasavatharam and current trends like Chotta Bheem, Elmo etc.
- An amazing zoo created with the help of animal dolls integrated with animal sounds to produce the zoo effect
- Kids Paradise arena created with the kids dolls to attract the kids
- Lighting arrangements and hanging decorations add more spirit to the fervour
- Last but not the least, daily sundals and gift items for both elders and kids are served with pomp and pleasurep and pleasure
Golu at Kudil of V.Vijay Kumar, Ambattur
Golu at Kudil of Sathya Kannan, Ashok Nagar Chennai
Golu at Kudil of Priya Viswanath, Medavakkam Chennai
For next set of photos please visit: Navarathiri Special 2015: Part 2 Golu Photos