During the festival of Navratri in South Indiaa it is customary in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, as well as in some Tamil communities within Sri Lanka, to display"Golu" .These display ,teaches kids about the custom and stories about the god.When people come to a person's house to see the Kolu, usually they are given prasadam (the offering given to God that day), kumkum and a small bag of gifts. These are only given to girls and married women. In the evenings, a "kuthuvilakku" (small lamp) is lit, in the middle of a decorated "kolam", before the Kolu Kolu is displayed for 9 days (nights) ,they are called navaratri.
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. Also, tools are placed in the pooja as part of "Ayudha Pooja". Vehicles are washed and decorated, and puja is performed for them.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. New ventures started on this day are believed to flourish and bring prosperity. In the evening of "Vijayadasami", any one doll from the "Golu" is symbolically put to sleep and the Kalasam is moved a bit towards North to mark the end of that year's Navaratri Golu.These are the interesting facts about Kolu from wikipedia.
Recently, we were invited for a Golu at my friend Gayathri's house.This is my first Kolu in US.So I was impressed with the theme and the display.I wanted to write a post elaborately to show and teach Rohith about the custom and story behind each god.So here is the display of all the gods .
Kalasam is the main feature of Kolu.Where it is decorated as the goddess's face and offered poojas daily.Where deeparadhanai is performed daily for this kalasam.
Here is the Kailash mountain,where Lord Shiva resides with Parvathy,Lord Ganesha and Lord Muruga.Nandhi serves for Lord Shiva.The whole family enjoying a narthanam .
Ashtalakshmis are a group of eight Lakshmis ,who gives eight forms of wealth to people.They are Adhi Lakshmi - who is a great Lakshmi, Dhana Lakshmi - who gives money,Dhanya Lakshmi - who gives grain,Gaja Lakshmi - who gives animal wealth ,Santana Lakshmi - who gives offsprings,Veera Lakshmi - who gives courage,Vijaya Lakshmi - who gives victories, Vidya Lakshmi - who gives knowledge,Aishwarya Lakshmi - who gives riches,Saubaghya Lakshmi - who gives prosperity,Vara Lakshmi - "goddess who bestows boon"
Dasavatharam is the ten incarnations took by Lord Vishnu to save the world. Here are they.
* Matsya Avatar - Lord vishnu ,took a fish avatar to destroy a asuran,who stole all the vedas and shastras form the pandits.*Koorma Avatar - In this,Lord vishnu took a tortoise( Koorma) avatar ,to balance the mountain while the devas and asuras started churning the ocean to get "Amirtham"
*Varaha Avatar - Lord vishnu took a Pig (Varaha ) avatar to save the earth ,which was hidden by the asura named "Hiranyaksha"*Narasimha Avatar - Lord Vishnu took this Lion avatar to save his devotee "Pragaladha " from his demon father "Hiranyakasibu"
*Vamana Avatar - This is the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu ,who become like a vaman ( A dwarf ) to destroy the arrogance of "Mahaballi ".Lord vishnu,disguised as a vamana and asked 3 foot land.One foot of Badhala Logam,one foot of mel logam and mahabali gave his head for the third foot.This way,Mahaballi lost his arrogance and the wish to conquer all the world.
* Parasurama Avatar - This is the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu,where he took that of a obedient son Parasurama.* Rama Avatar - This avatar is also known as Dharma Avatar ,to tell the world that one should have only one wife and should also be loyal to her.
* Balarama Avatar - Balarama is the brother of Lord Krishna in Mahabaratha.* Krishna Avatar - This is the very important avatar,where Lord Krishna destroys the Gauravas and saves Pandavas.
* Kalki Avatar - This is the last avatar,where Lord Vishnu,saves people from all sins .
Here is Madhurai Meenakshi,enjoying the vilakku pooja offered by Sumangalis at her temple.
Pittuku Mann Sumandha Kadhai:
This is very intersting story about Lord Siva at "Thiruvanaikkal Temple" . The King wanted to build a temple for Lord Shiva.He ordered all the house hold to send a man to work as a labourer.There was one lady,who was old cannot go and work.So she asked a man,who was walking near her house to go for the temple's work ,in turn he will get Pittu ( A sweet dish ) for his work.
This man,went to the temple,and danced,slept without working.The supervisor got angry and whipped him ,immediately the pain was felt by all the people in the world.Yes the man who worked for pittu is Lord Shiva .And he came to help that old lady and to shower the blessings to the people.
Here is the beautiful statues of Lord Rama,Lakshmana and Sita,with Lord Hanuman.
Radhe and Krishna , having good time together, swinging on a swing....
Here are the different kind of vinayagar statues playing the musical instruments.
This set of dolls ,depicts the marriage ceremony of Hindu people.Where the bride and the groom are dressed in dhotis and sarees.They were seated in front of the kalasam to tie the holy thread " thaali".With friends and relatives offering blessings.
This set ,displays the jungle with lot of animals.
This set displays the park,where kids enjoy watching animals and musicians.