GOLU AROUND THE GLOBE
Take a peek at Chitra Raman's golu from India (+91)
Tell us about your Golu
I, Chitra Raman, live in New Delhi, India and has been following the tradition of keeping Golu during Navratri. I started this custom almost a quarter century ago, on the advice of my father-in-law to carry on the legacy. Initially, I started in a modest scale with 3 steps and now have expanded it to 7 steps.
Our Golu is based on different themes every year keeping in mind the historical and rich cultural heritage. I use vibrant colors to decorate the steps and the surroundings of the Golu, including Kolam/Rangoli. This year, due to Covid-19, we had to scale down the Golu as there has been restrictions on the visitors.
At the center, beautiful bright deities were seated aesthetically in various steps. Most of the deities are 25 years old. On the one side, we had Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi decorated on a lamp. On the other side, we had a typical village set up consisting of temple, school, playground and street vendors. Also, it depicts South Indian marriage and vallakappu (baby shower), guests eating on banana leaves sitting on the floor in a traditional way and the catering staff serving food.
Colorful kolam/rangoli of deities – Mahalakshmi, Ganesha and Saraswathi, were drawn to enhance the beauty of our Golu.
We hope to continue with this tradition for the years to come.