Our family has been keeping golu for over 15 years, and we are highly passionate about it. Every year we choose a unique theme and arrange our dolls extensively. Few of our past themes include Arupadai Veedu, Bhakthi, Ahobilam etc.
This year, our Golu theme is “𝗦𝗮𝗿𝘃𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝗵𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗺𝗮𝘆𝗮𝗺”, covering Panchabootha Sthalangal, 12 Jyothirlingam temples, Mylapore Sapthastana temples and Thiruvaiyaru Sapthasthana temples.
𝗣𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗯𝗼𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗮 𝗦𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗹 - refers to five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, each representing a manifestation of the five prime elements of nature - Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether. The five elements are believed to be enshrined in the five Lingams of the temples, with each lingam named on the element represented. Kanchipuram (Earth), Thiruvanaikaval (Water), Thiruvannamalai (Fire), Kalahasthi (Air) and Chidambaram (Ether)
𝟭𝟮 𝗝𝘆𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗿𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗺 𝗧𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 - is a devotional representation of Lord Shiva. Originally there were believed to be 64 jyotirlingas, while twelve of them are considered to be very auspicious and holy. Each of the twelve jyotirlinga sites takes the name of the presiding deity, each considered a different manifestation of Lord Shiva. At all these sites, the primary image is Lingam representing the beginningless and endless Stambha pillar, symbolising the infinite nature of Shiva.
𝗠𝘆𝗹𝗮𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗮 𝗧𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 – Karaneeswarar, Thirthapaleeswarar, Velliswarar, Virupakshieswarar, Vaaleeswarar, Mallieswarar, Kapaleeshwarar are the 7 temples in Mylapore. It is believed that if we visit all the seven temples in this order on a single day, it is equivalent to visiting Kailasa Parvath
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝗿𝘂𝘃𝗮𝗶𝘆𝗮𝗿𝘂 𝗦𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗺 𝗧𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 – highlighting Nandikeshwarar celestial marriage at Thirumalappadi followed by Palanquin festival and items from all the seven temples honouring lord Ayyarappar for performing Nandikeshwarar marriage by showering of flowers. Ayyarappar (birthplace of Nandikeshwarar), Thiruchotruthurai (Rice), Thiruvedhikudi (Priests), Thirukandiyur (Jewels), Thirupunthuruthi (Flowers), Thirupalanam (Fruits) and Thiruneidanam (Ghee)
Other Attractions include:
· 𝗣𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗵𝗮 𝗨𝘁𝘀𝗮𝘃 – showcasing Karthigai Deepam, Arudra Darisanam, Shivarathri, Annabhishekam, Pradosham.
· 𝗠𝗮𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗶 𝗠𝗲𝗲𝗻𝗮𝗸𝘀𝗵𝗶 𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗿 𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲 - dolls depicting Meenakshi Jananam, Thirukalyanam, Kadothgajan, 3 Nayanmars, Thiruvilayadal Puranam (Nettrikan Thirapin Kuttram Kuttarame, Pittuku Mann Sumantha story and Kalyanai Karumbu Thindra Padalam)
· 𝗛𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗺𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝗖𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 – quilling & fabric dolls depicting Dances of India, Brides of India, Sports and other assorted dolls are showcased.