Satya Pavani Ajjarapu
Significance of Golu:
Golu/Bommalakoluvu means showing all god/goddess in different forms in these 9 days and those who have girl child in their home will be having the tradition of putting Golu . Golu festival signifies the victory of Good Over Evil.
Dussera is celebrated as defeat of the destruction of demon Mahishasura by Goddess Durga in Kali form. On this auspicious day, all the three Goddess Lakshmi, Saraswathi and Parvathi are worshipped along with Sri Rama who has killed the ten headed Ravan on Maha Navami of Sharad Navratri and returned to Ayodhya on Vijaya Dasami with the great Victory.
Bommu koluvu is a court of toys . The top most steps are filled with God , Goddess and later the freedom fighters , police , doctors and finally ends with general themes(school,dinner set , cricket set, park) of decorative items along with people . This is the traditional practice of golu in good olden days , now depending upon individuals interest koluvu is set up.
My Interest on Golu:
My Golu interest on conceptual basis of all Indian Traditional temples started from 2016 but the interest dates back since my childhood. During my childhood Jatara festivals were conducted where I used to buy /collect toys with my saved pocket money. The same interest can be seen in my today's Koluvu.
My first Golu was set up in 2016 and I concentrated mainly on the Andal Thirupavai Pasurams and her description of Gopikas with the birds, people . My first collection sets were SriVilliputur set and Sri Krishna set .
About My 2021 Golu :
My theme in present Golu is on Indian Temples from North to South. I have started the top step with North Kailash of Siva Kutumbam and ended with SriLanka , Ashok Vanam on one side of steps.
Second step resembling Ayodhya , Mithula , Ganges River , River Yamuna , Vrindavan , Mathura , Gokulam can be seen which dates back to Tretayuga and Dwaparyuga and feels the presence of Sri Ramayan and Sri Krishna stories.
The other set of my steps of my golu starts with AstaLakshmi ,followed by Dasavatarams and next step of SriVilliputur Set .(Goddess Lakshmi born as human and reached God with her beautiful 30 Pasurams). The following step is Arunachalam which is one of the Panchlingas . The concept behind this set of steps is usually when we go to temple we should first get the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi and then we ask her for getting blessings of Sri Hari.
Down steps includes the traditional Indian Marriage Set; the humans sets of Music class; Vegetable Vendors, with the concept depicting "Farmer as King"; village with Haridas and a general home along with park and playground.
Ramayan and Goddess Durga in 9 different forms plays a major role of my Golu showing about the Victory and "Good Winning over Evil".
Thank you All..
Wish you a Happy Dussera and Prosperous Diwali.
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