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Welcome to our Golu 2020 from the Windy City, Chicago. This is our 6th year of Golu but our first year where we have expanded from our 3 step small traditional Golu to a 5 step traditional and theme based Golu.
Our traditional Golu has 5 steps with all our traditional dolls – Ganesha, Muruga, Annapoorani, Rama set, Venkatachalapathy, Dasavataram, Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Buddha, Krishna, Nataraj, baby Rama, Chettiar dolls and Marapachi dolls adorning our steps.
Our theme for this year is ‘Stories from Bhagavatham Puranam’. We wanted this Golu to also be informative for our guests and my toddler son as many of us might not still be familiar with these stories. We have picked 5 stories based in water – ocean, lake or river to represent here.
The first is the Mathysa Avatar where we have depicted the scene where Manu, the first man saved the world by tying the boat with all the people to the horn on the fish’s head.
The second story is the Kurma Avatar in which we have shown the churning of the ocean with Mandara mountain on the back of the tortoise, with gods and asuras using Vasuki the serpent as the rope.
The third story is Varaha Avatar where Vishnu took the form of a pig/boar to slay the demon Hiranyaksha and raised the earth out of the water with his tusks.
The next story is the Krishna – Kalinga story from the sixteenth chapter of the Tenth Canto of the Bhagavata Purana. In this story, we have depicted here Krishna dancing on Kalinga to subdue him as he was troubling the people of Vrindavan and poisoning the river Yamuna.
The last story in our Golu is the Gajendra Moksham story from the 8th Skandha of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa. In this episode, Vishnu came down to earth to protect Gajendra, the elephant, from the clutches of a Crocodile, and with Vishnu's help, Gajendra achieved moksha, or liberation from cycle of birth and death.
Thank you for visiting our Golu.