The festival of Navrathri is called Kolu or Navratri Golu, where women set up decorated Steps in the house and decorating it with dolls which are collected over the years. The origin of the word Kolu can be traced to Tamil Kolu or Telugu Koluvai, which means a sovereign sitting in his royal durbar. As per belief the concept of arranging these Navrathri dolls is to depict that Goddess Mahishasuramardini is sitting in her Kolu, prior to the slaying of the demon Mahishasura.The dolls are only decorated during these ten days but the collection of dolls may have started over years. These dolls can be very simple to very complicated ones as per ones likes. Every year women enthusiastically arrange these dolls as per their tastes. They either re modify the existing dolls with some new additions or they add couple of new dolls to the existing stacks to decorate the plank every year.
various Gods are arranged here. The kumbham or the ceremonial jar for holy water, which is a conical vessel, is filled with fresh water. A silk cloth covers the mouth of the vessel, a coconut and mango leaves are placed on top of it. This is kept on the first step.
These Navratri dolls are arranged in several tiers. Maximum no of tiers in which dolls are arranged are 9 depending on time and space constraints.
Kolu Festival at Our Home This Year.
We Bought a New 5 Steps Slotted Angle Assembly from KhadiCraft. Kolu Was Arranged on Amavasya Day. We have a large Collection of Dolls Saved over period of Time. Some of The dolls are more than 100 Years old , and Preserved for Display in Every Year's Kolu. Dolls Included Ashtalakshmis, Azhvars,Kailayam, Aarupadai Veedu, Brindavanaththil Kannan Arranged as Sets.Arranging Navrathri Kolu is also an event in itself it means inviting neighbors, friends and other relatives to visit your home and view the Kolu decorated. Search For This years Gift Lead us to T Nagar , and a Circulat Box with Floral Design Was Chosen. This Box with a small mirror, turmeric, comb, beetle leaves with supari was given to Friends and Relatives as Small Presentation to mark the Occasion.
Highlight of this Years Kolu was a Music Concert by My Music Guru Thepperumanur Ramachandran on Sunday 2nd Oct 2011. Br. Pavithraji Graced The occasion. We had an invited audience of 40Plus Friends and Close Relatives.
I am Happy to Share some Photos and Videos taken on this occasion.
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Thepperumanallore Sri Ramamoorthi ', Music Performance Held in our Home On the occation of Navarathri 2011Video Of Music Program