Pages

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Navaratri - 9 days of celebration - Day 1

I love navaratri. The memories associated with it are precious to me. As a child, I used to go around to other houses that had a golu (arrangement of dolls depicting Gods) with my friends, sing a song and come back home with some tasty chundal. At the end of the day, the plastic bags in our hands would be filled and we'd come back home, sort through chundals made of the same beans, combine them and share them. I like Navaratri in Chennai for the music concerts in its temples, the festive look that its crowded shopping streets wear, the several beautiful bommais (dolls) that line the streets of Mylapore, and for the little girls and mamis all dressed up in their best. I have set up a small golu this year at home and though to many, it is not a big feat, Iam busy patting myself on the back. Here's a pic of my golu.
Golu at our home

Neivedyam on Day 1 - Rava Kesari

23 comments:

notyet100 said...

nice to knw ur way of celebration,..ucan send this post for festive food navratra,..:-)hppy navratri,..

sowmya said...

wonderful golu picture..the kesari looks yumm..i made sundal with channa dal yesterday!

SpicyTasty said...

Happy Navarathri. lovely gollu pics, looks very authentic.

Alka said...

yeah tht reminded me of my childhood,when we all kids use to hop around in different pandaals to play dandiya and garbha(though all we use to do was stumbling upon the elder ppl)but it was fun..nowadays no festival brings that amount of innocent pleasure..but u guys plzzzz keep up the spirit !

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is a very informative post. Golu looks so good and colorful.

Sangeeth said...

wow! ur golu is small and cute! actually i luved ur krishna doll lifting sanjeevi and also the peacock doll! I always luv to have the kalyana set dolls....i dont see it in ur golu :( but cool yaar thanks for sharing!

Cham said...

Glad to see the golu pict, the marapachi (Wooden doll are dressed) did u made it? or bought it? they re cute :) Happy Navratri!

G.Pavani said...

hi,ur goluvu looks good,and thx for sharing this dasara with us...

Srivalli said...

lovely jay..that kolu brings back so many memories of childhood!...do send this for JFI at my blog this month!

Vanamala said...

Ya same in my native. Liked your pic. Happy Navaratri

Jaya said...

How cute they look , I just loved it .
Happy navaratri to you and yours
hugs and smiles

sra said...

Happy golu-ing!

Vani said...

Oh, honey, that is a big feat! Looks pretty too. Happy Navarathri :)

Madhuram said...

Even we used to celebrate golu in a grand fashion, back in India. After coming to US I do keep golu, but it's not the same. Happy Navarathiri.

Priti said...

Happy Navratri dear...the kolu arrangement is nice...

mitr_bayarea said...

Very cute golu and your rava kesari made my mouth water. I sure will miss golu in Chennai, but, am trying my best to make it up in Bay Area.

jayasree said...

Lovely and cute golu. I miss Navarathri this. I keep golus too. As u said, navarathri in our childood days is really precious.

raaji said...

nice collection of bommalu.....very homely

Nidhi said...

Happy Navratri Jayashree!

Suma Rajesh said...

nice pic and the kesari too looks yum..

Laavanya said...

Your golu is adorable... I miss all the festivities too.

Archana said...

Very cute Golu..Looks great:-)

Usha said...

Your golu looks wonderful :-)