GOLU AROUND THE GLOBE

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Vanakkam! I am Sujatha Iyengar from Tamil Nadu, India. I have been keeping Golu for the past 23 years. My main golu steps consists of dolls that are about 50-70 years old and also very recent ones. This setup has been arranged in a traditional way ever since I started. I make variations and try different styles and themes every year by adding new dolls and sets depicting a certain event on the sides of the main steps.
This year I have 5 themes and a Main Golu.
Theme 1: Kailayam
Also known as Mt. Kailash, which is the abode of Lord Shiva. He is seen there with his consort Goddess Parvati and their children Lord Ganesha and Lord Murugan. The scene also consists of the other two members of the Trimurti : Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. Lord Ganesha and Murugan are seated with their respective vahanas by their side. Nandi, Rishi Dhruvasa are also present with a dwarpalaka guarding the entry.
Theme 2: Silappathikaram
We have also included literature to our golu. Silappathikaram is one of the five great epics of Tamil Literature known as “ஐம்பெரும்காப்பியங்கள்”. It narrates, in the form of poems the tragic love story of Kannagi and her husband Kovalan and how she avenges her husbands unnecessary death. It is written by Ilangovadigal. This particular scene is from “Madurai Kaandam : Vazhakkurai Kadhai”which is when Kannagi calls out the King Nedunj Cheliyan’s blunder, by proving her husband’s innocence. I have inserted dialogues in Tamil for both Kannagi and the King. I have also pasted the description of the epic.
Main Golu:
The first step consists of Saraswati, Raghavendra, Perumal on Andal’s lap and Lakshmi.
The second step consists of Ganesha, Shiva, Durga, Amman, Kalasam Statue, Ram, Seetha, Hanuman, Murugan and another Raghavendra.
The third step consists of Krishna, The Dasavatharam, Ramanujar, Lakshmi Hayagrivar, Srinivasaperumal with Thaayaar, Venkatachalapathy, Ram, Lakshman, Seetha, Hanuman and finally Krishna.
The fourth step consists of The kalasam, The marapaachi bommai, Saibaba,Thirunavukkarasar, Kannappar Set.
The fifth step consists of The Ashtalakshmi set, The only female Azhvaar Sri Andal’s life story, Narasimha Avatar set, etc.
The sixth step consists of theme 3 and 4.
The seventh step consists of Chettiar and his wife. They are selling groceries such as dried red chillies, sugar, rice, salt, tamarind and lentils.
Theme 3: Krishna Leelai
This is a very famous theme. This theme revolves around the different stories of Lord Sri Krishna’s life. It shows every main incident and it’s purpose. From his birth, taking him to Ma Yashoda’s house, Ma Yashoda punishing him, Little Krishna stealing butter, dancing on the 5-headed snake, stealing clothes, etc.
Theme 4 : Perumal Thirukalyanam
This scene depicts the subha muhurtham or the exact time at which Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi get married at the presence of other mighty gods and goddesses. This time is considered to be very auspicious.
Theme 5: The village
This village is created with a bit of modern touch. The dolls and houses used are both very old and new ones. The setup consists of a temple on top of the mountain with people worshipping. Right below the mountain is a Buddha statue. Old trucks and horse carts are parked nearby. There are two wells where women are filling their pots with water and a girl is bathing. There are various houses, a school, a post office, a police station, a clock tower, farm land and a river. People are bathing and washing clothes near the river and two farmers are farming in their land. There are various pets and farm animals in this setup. The base is wholly made of cloth, a traditional mat and pebbles.
The unique thing about our Golu are the toys used. The trucks, farm animals, trees, clock tower, horse carts, etc. I bought these when I was very young, we used to buy them during the Koniyamman cart festival and other carnival times.
I hope you all enjoyed our Golu. Thank you.

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