Yes a blog after a looooonnnnnnggggg time……
This is a photo blog of the Navaratri golus I had the chance to visit this year
First two days of Navaratri went without much activity though I very much wanted to see a temple golu
I called up the Mylapore Trio and they said they were having the golu this year at Madurai Meenakshi Temple. They were kind enough to invite me to see the golu in Madurai as well as the golu they intended having at their residence post Navaratri.
Unfortunately the same commitments at home and office did not give me time to even go to the golu at their house!
Anyway, getting back to the golus I visited which were quite interesting
My sister Jayashree: I had the chance to see her golu twice – the first time along with my mother and a friend and taking more friends the second time. It was a traditional one with the addition of her craft paruppu thengai koodu.
My sister Sabitha: Here it was a brand new golu with all new bommais. I could notice that there were a few old ones only when Sabitha pointed out.
As usual I missed a few invites as I was not available when people came to call. Despite that, Bhanumathy left a message with Ranga and I went to her block dragging Deepti along. It was a lovely golu filling up the hall.
On one side of the regular golu steps was the theppa kulam and lovely depiction of Krishna stories.
On the other side on a table, Bhanu had arranged the traditional toys like maakal choppu as well as artefacts collected from many parts of the world
Bhanu as well as another friend recommended that we visit a golu in E block. Both of them insisted that this family welcomed one and all for their golu as it was very innovative. I believe they won first prize for the golu competition held by Nilgiris the previous year. Looks like I am sitting with my head immersed in my commitments like a turkey unaware of what is happening around me!
This lady along with her family welcomed us warmly and showed us around her golu. Yes, we had to be shown around as there were many things to see - the five steps had idols of various Gods, Chettiar set, etc.
The lamps were beautifully decorated with flowers right below the steps. On one side there was both Kailasam and Vaikundam. Kailasam had a pradoshakala puja and Vaikundam had all the avatharams of Vishnu!
There was also a Krishna set and Kalyana set nearby.
and a cute park
The Kamba Ramayanam with scenes from the episode of Hanuman crossing the sea to meet Sita in Ashoka vanam and then Lanka dahanam was the highlight of this Golu!
It began with Hanuman flying across the Indian Ocean, reaching Lanka, reducing himself in size and hiding on a tree in Ashoka vanam, meeting Sita and then sitting in Ravana sabai on his tail throne. The Lanka dahanam was depicted as a picture. This chapter of the Ramayana was also written on a board for people to read! The Hanuman doll was so cuddly that Deepti and I were tempted to pick him up!
The greenery for the Ashoka vanam effect was so beautiful with real and artificial plants blended well. They said it was a family job with a few cousins also helping. One should see how humble the lady was after such achievement!
Next was visit to Deepti's periamma's house in L block. This traditional golu had a lovely kundan rangoli
On Saraswathi puja, Amma and I went my cousin Ranjini's house. Here was an amazing golu. My nieces Shwetha and Shreya had taken a lot of effort to create such a beautiful golu. They were also eager to describe in details about the many Ganeshas (their favourite God) in different postures and activities. This was in one of the rooms. The hall had the Goddess in many forms!
The sad thing was there was power cut when we went and the invertor was quite weak and I also do not have any photographs of this golu.
Next my mother and I went to my sister Sujatha's house. This was another traditional golu with a few cute marapachis.
Finally on Vijayadasami, I found time to visit a couple of friends in KK Nagar.
First was Sujatha - very pretty golu.
Next was Renuka. It was she who motivated me to blog about the golus. Thank you Renuka!
Here Renuka and her family had taken pains to create Thirupathi hill with clay. The effect was very good.
The Lord's procession below the temple was also cute.
On the sides they had created shops which were looking very very sweet.
A special mention about Renuka's husband Murali for his effort to create the shrubs on hillside!
All in all it was a satisfying golu visit this year though less in number!