Navaratri┬áis a festival which is celebrated all over India┬áwith great enthusiasm┬ábut in various forms and traditions. Just like fasting for 9 days is followed in North India, Golu – a display of clay dolls on steps is a tradition which is followed in South India.
Golu┬áor Kolu┬áis a doll arrangement┬ápredominantly with that of the gods and goddesses depicting mythology, an essential part of Navrathri┬áand Dasara┬ácelebrations in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. As shared by my friend Kala, whose home I visited yesterday to attend the Golu┬ápuja,┬áthe Bommai┬áGolus┬áare proud possessions of a family and they are handed down through generations. But these days as per her their┬áare┬ávarious theme based Golu┬ádisplays as well apart from the traditional golu displays and this concept based celebration is becoming very popular among people in South India but surely these require a lot of effort. However most of the people still follow the traditional method of display of dolls.
On┬á the first three days, the Divine Mother is worshiped as Durga (or┬áShakti, the goddess of power), the second three days as Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth and prosperity) and the last three days as Saraswathi┬á (the goddess of knowledge, learning and fine arts)
I was really happy to see the enthusiasm among kids as well to decorate the entire place around the golu┬áarea.┬áKala’s son decorated a side corner near the golu┬ásteps by making a small nice replica of the┬áchinaswamy┬ástadium along with the┬áother decorations, a┬áchild’s creativity┬áand participation in the traditional festival in his own special way… I loved it though.. not to forget the lamps lit on both the sides and a kolam┬á(rangoli)┬áin the centre….also the display of the Navratri┬áGolu┬ádepicting the ten┬áAvatars of god. One unique thing I saw was idol of Lord Ganesha on each step of the Golu.
I really had a great time looking at those stunning┬ádisplay of dolls. It was my first time experience┬áto attend such a sweet function , simple yet so pious. I also was informed that the Kolu is the royal court of Goddess Durga┬á and is created┬áon 3,5, 7, 9 or 11 steps.
As a tradition, when people come to the houses to see the Golu, they are given prasad, haldi┬ákumkum and a small bag of gift…lucky me!! I also got one ..these are given to the girls or married women.
Golu┬áor Kolu┬áfestival is synonymous with the “Sundal┬áprasad”┬á in the evening. Sundal┬áis a delicious eatable prepared from boiled┬á “dals” (grams) rich in protein. After offering it to the deities in the Golu, Sundal┬áis distributed to the friends and family who have come to see the Golu. The prasad┬áis prepared daily and offered to the god and goddess in the morning and evening, various types of dals┬áare used to prepare the Sundal Prasad.
I also prepared one of the varities┬áof Sundal┬áPrasad at home…. love to put the recipe of Black Chana Sundal┬áPrasad (it was yum)┬áin my journal and share it with my friends too though my friend prepared the white chana┬ásundal when we visited her and it also tasted too good!!
Ingredients for Black Chana Sundal Prasad Recipe┬á-
- Black Chana – 1 cup
- Salt to taste
- Cummin Seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
- Mustard Seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
- Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
- Curry leaves – 8- 10
- Red chillies – 2-4
- Coconut pieces finely slit – 1/4 cup
Soak the black chana┬áovernight in water. Boil the chana┬ánext day for about 40 minutes,┬áafter one whistle lower the flame and let them cook well. When cooked drain them in a collander. Take a thick bottom kadai, heat oil in it and add mustard, cummin seeds, curry leaves, salt,red chilli powder and after few seconds add the boiled chana’s┬áto it. Mix well and stir on low flame for another 5-7 minutes. Now add the finely graded coconut to it and mix well. Black Chana Sundal┬áPrasad is ready, serve hot after offering as Neivedhyam…..
Thank you Kala for these memorable pics of Golu celebrations that I will cherish forever through my blog