- Author: Adam Floyd Feb 15, 2018,
Feb 15, 2018, 6:09
India is a country of many festivals. One of these is "Navratri" which is celebrated throughout the country in the month of September or October, depending on the Hindu calendar. Dolls play an important role in South India during the nine-night Navratri time and it is a home-like celebration.
In a similar fashion to the Christmas tree in the west, dolls exhibition calling "Golu" is central in this social celebration of South India's homes. The wrists are mounted on each odd step as 3, 5, 7 or 9 of the ladder for good luck. These dolls are passed through generations in the family. At the same time, each year new dolls of recent themes are available in stores.
These dolls are Hindu gods, mythological characters, humans, animals, etc. They represent histories of Hindu myths and daily scenes in the streets of India and present us with the belief that gods remain among us.
The interesting thing is how the dolls are arranged on the stairs. The first staircase is for the supreme gods who are worshiped by people.
The second is for the doll of the bride and groom made in wood that popularly called "Marapaachi bommai" (the word bommai means doll in the Tamil language) and for other gods. The third is for the ten incarnations of the god Vishnu. The fourth is for enlightened saints and people, the fifth is for freedom fighters, social workers and philanthropists, the sixth is for humans as farmers, dancers, singers, poets etc.More news: What do the Mexican skulls mean? | Dystopia Mod
The septa is for dolls different from animals, the octave is for birds. In the ninth and last plants, insects, conches and creeping animals are placed etc.It is a belief that to reach salvation (freedom of the life cycle and death) we have to go through these nine stairs to the end as a low creature and meet with God that is above all so we explain the cycle of birth.
The Indians believe in the saying "Aithi Devo Bhava" meaning "The guest is God", the visitor who comes to see Golu receives an elegant reception. Visitors are greeted with "payasam" or almond milk and a vermilion spot on the forehead. In addition, they will offer them gift packages made up of betel leaves, walnuts, turmeric, coconut and sweets.
The way to celebrate the Navratri varies in other parts of India but the common theme of this nine nights festival is dedicated to the force of goddess "Shakti" or "Durga".
India is a land of many festivals, one of them is Navratri which is celebrated usually during the month of September or October depending on the Hindu calendar The dolls play an important role in South Indian during the Navratri period. It is a festival of nine nights and is a complete home based celebration.
Similar to the christmas tree in the west the exhibition of the dolls is central to this social celebration of south indian homes. The dolls are mounted on a series of steps which is always an odd number like 3,5,7 or 9 for good luck. These dolls are passed on through generations in the family. At the same time every year new sets of dolls that represent the latest social themes are released in the market. These dolls are Hindu gods, goddesses, mythological characters and they represent the belief that Gods exist among ourselves.
These dolls are arranged on the steps. Though there is no hard and fast rule, there is usually an order in which the dolls are arranged. The first step from the top is for the supreme gods n goddesses that are worshiped by people.The third is one for the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu, the fourth is for saints, enlightened people, the fifth is for freedom fighters, social workers, philanthropists, the sixth is for farmers, poets, singers, dancers etc, the seventh is for various animals, the eighth is for birds and the ninth is for crawling insects, plants, fruits and vegetables.
Also, a small statue of Goddess Shakthi is decorated by the side of this exhibition or sometimes The doll representing this goddess is made out of silk cloth and ready-made in the stores.
It is a belief to attain salvation one has to go through these nine steps starting from the bottom like a low life creature and finally merge with God who is at the top of the stairs thus explaining the cycle of birth.Indians believe in the saying "Atithi Devo Bhava" which means "Guest is God", the visitors who come to see the Golu receive a gracious reception.The visitors are greeted with payasam or badam mil k and a vermillion dot will be placed on their forehead.They will be given a return gift pack consisting of beetle leaves, nuts, turmeric, coconut and a sweet. The way Navratri is celebrated varies in the rest of India but the common theme of the festival of nine nights is dedicated to the power and energy of Shakti or goddess Durga.