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South Indian community celebrate Golu with traditional dolls

Come Navratri and you can witness several communities celebrating the festival in different ways. For south Indians, Navratri means Golu — a traditional arrangement of dolls in odd-numbered tiers called as padis, which are draped in a white cloth.

Come Navratri and you can witness several communities celebrating the festival in different ways. For south Indians, Navratri means Golu — a traditional arrangement of dolls in odd-numbered tiers called as padis, which are draped in a white cloth. Essentially celebrated in the households of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh — the golu dolls are possessions of a family which are handed down through generations. Normally comprising nine tiers, each set should be decorated in a certain manner. The first three steps should have the kalasam. Goddess Lakshmi, Saraswati, Siva, Vishnu, Brahma, Krishna and other God and Goddesses can be placed. The tiers four to six are dedicated to saints like Swami Vivekananda, Sai Baba and even national leaders like Mahatma Gandhi who have sacrificed their lives for the country. The seventh tier can be made colourful by setting up dolls that represents human activities. The eight tier can be mixed platter where you can get dolls from various crafts and businesses. It is also a tradition to keep plate of rice, pulses and other commodities as a tradition of respect to agriculture. Women from this community celebrate in this traditional style to keep their tradition alive. With cameraperson Santosh Bodhare, Gangasingh Rajpurohit for NMTV News.

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