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Golu – A divine collection

Dec 2nd 2019 at 11:22 PM

Golu means divine presence during the days of Navratri.

India is the land of festivals. The famous one among the other festivals is Navratri, the most loved festivals of Hindus. In various parts of Indian culture, people celebrate this religiously centered festival in different ways.

During Navratri, Tamil Nadu and parts of Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh celebrate Golu. Festivals like Pongal, Nathyanjali Dance festival, Karthigai Deepam, and many others are celebrated with pomp and show. The festival is celebrated all over the motherland post-monsoon season.

Golu is also known as Kolu and it is a means of arranging the dolls. Along with dolls and figurines, miniatures of everything is displayed on the stairs. You can find Golu dolls in the form of animals, people, Vishu, Krishna or also any other mythological character. Golu dolls are exhibited by people on stairs in odd numbers during the festival of Navratri. These dolls are embellished for nine days, and on Vijayadashami which is the tenth and last day of Navratri, keeping one doll to sleep while the other dolls are packed up for the year.

During Golu, there is also rangoli which is called as vibrant Kolam is found outside the houses.

How Golu Dolls are arranged?

Some people keep nine steps for arranging the Golu while some keep the steps in odd numbers and the steps should not exceed 9. The steps are called Golu padigal and the importance of 9 steps is that these nine steps represent the Navagrahas. People were traditionally making wooden Padigals but now there are options to buy the padigals made from steel and iron too.

Golu dolls are arranged, decorated and are worshipped for nine days continuously, and on the tenth day which is Vijayadashmi, on that day one doll is symbolically put to sleep while others are packed up for Navratri next year.

What is the story behind Golu?

Many Eons ago, a demon named Mahishashur, a buffalo demon was creating havoc across the three worlds. No male personality could kill him, he had gain this boom and so Goddess Durga wanted to kill him as the demon was growing ferocious. All the heavenly beings like gods, Demi-gods, and goddesses come together at that time to create a superpower to kill the demon. A female superpower called Mahadevi was formed to kill the demon. All the gods and goddesses who were present there were constantly transferring their energy to the Mahadevi.

From number of years, the tradition is being followed to recreate the same situation by using the Golu dolls. Golu dolls are being arranged and the situation is retain again every year to enjoy the victory of Goddess.

Many dolls are passed as a family legacy and possession from one generation to another. Before the festival of Golu, people visit markets to add a new doll in their collection.

At, we have a collection of Golu dolls that will look appealing during your festival and will be great to add to your collection of dolls.

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