Bommai Golu 2012

Its been a busy, crazy, yet awesome Navarathri. Last weekend was probably the first time I ever wished the rains away (RM, listening?!!)because I couldn’t visit many Golus and many people couldn’t come over.. It is hard to imagine a color-less, doll-less Mylapore Mada Veedhi during the Navarathri season!

At the V-house, it was a simple arrangement of all the dolls collected over the last 10 years.

Note: The Japanese set of dolls is a gift from Arthi.

Some pictures from this year:

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Bommai Golu /Kolu2011

Surprise, surprise! No bommai-casualty recorded this year too!! I did not expect Varun to exercise so much caution.. Barring few instances where he would come dangerously close to the assembled gods paddling fast on his tri-cycle, giving me heart-attack moments:)

Some pics from this year’s arrangement:

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PS: The rangoli on the brown base was done using a rangoli-sieve, the reason for perfect symmetry:) The red-base in the others is a red plastic tea-tray.

Golu 2010- Bhakthi Pazham!

Surprise, surprise! All, but the tiniest V of the house were ready for a 10% damage this season. Varun disappointed us by behaving well!! Our hearts skipped a beat when he first lifted a bommai from the 1st box we opened saying ‘haaaii, choopaa ‘ (hai, super), only to drop it in a box nearby. The bommai apparently is made of some mud for there wasn’t a single scratch! Fortunately, there was no repeat performance!

Varun was the priest-in-chief with thatha as his chief aide for the morning poojas. His recitation in front of all the assorted assembled deities with the brass bell ringing non-stop in his hands went thus: “Onn namo naaanaanaa. onnuninnenna, thamathimo….” with a thousand similar words from his dialect, followed by prostrating a couple of times every half-an-hour that he was awake!! During the nights, he insisted on replacing mommy for the harathi. He followed patti’s instruction and held one side of the plate with the patti on the other, and performed the harathi like a pro! All the bommais have crept back into the loft, unscathed:) And you know what the big anna had to say? “Amma, Varun has behaved well no? Just like me!”

The new additions this time were the Krishna pot-breaking (uriyadi) set, and 4 ladies playing dayakattam (dice?)

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I wanted to click pics of the daily rangoli but managed to click only 3.


Now be nice and share your side of Navarathi stories:)


Navarathi is a time of ‘give and take’:)

My MIL and I love to hoard the golu-bommais every Navarathri. We’ve been hopping houses and its been a different experience every year. Peace prevailed the last few seasons. With Varun doing a ‘dhamaal’ and ‘achhi’ of every object that gets in his way, am guessing Diwali would set in much earlier in the V household- another house this time:)

Few pics from last year’s golu where the bommais spent 10 peaceful days:

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The husband says we’ll have just a ‘sample’ golu with just one top row! Me says “NO!”. The little one might surprise us by prostrating in front of the golu a dozen times through the day, and be nice by inviting all his girl friends (the youngest of them being 4 yrs old, and his best friend 13 yrs old) over for sundal! And maybe reduce one or two to clay/pulp which is ok. Wat say?

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