September 25, 2008
NAVARATHRI POOJA PROCEDURES-4Posted by renuka
As I had mentioned in my earlier GOLU is an important event in Tamilnadu.I remember my days of chidhood when we used to unpack,arrange dolls,buy new ones,set theme parks and invite our friends and it used to be real fun.But all households do not follow this and so after my marriage no more of Golu work.I would like to share my experiences and how we used to arrange the dolls.
The GOLU starts on PURATASI AMAVASAI also known as MAHALAYA AMAVASAI which is on September 29th this year.
The steps arranged depends on the collection of dolls and usually in odd numbers
Ready made steps are available and I remember our dining table used along with bricks and wooden planks as steps
Decorate the steps according to your creativity
Kalasam,usually a brass pot is used,is prepared and placed either in the middle of the top step or on the last one
Arrange the dolls,usually all Gods and Goddesses occupy the top step,followed by national leaders etc
Dolls made of mud and wooden dolls were a must those days but today dolls are made with paper.
Buy atleast one new doll every year
After arranging the dolls draw kolam in front of the steps and this can be done everyday
Light the Kuthuvillaku and do pooja with bettleleaves,nuts,fruits and flowers with any NeivediyamThis should be done everyday in the morning and evening
Aarathi should be taken every night for the Golu steps
Give Thambulam and Sundal to whoever visits