How many steps are in Golu?

How many steps are in Golu?

Nine steps are kept for the Golu or otherwise 3, 5, 7, steps are arranged, i.e. in odd numbers only, and more than one and usually not exceeding 9. The popular version of the significance of the 9 steps is that they represent the 9 Navagrahas.

Which is correct KOLU or Golu?

Golu (or Kolu) in Tamil refers to the display and decoration of dolls and figurines of human beings, and idols of gods and goddesses during Navaratri. It is not only popular in Tamil Nadu, but also in Karnataka and the two Telugu states, where it is known as Gombe Habba (Kannada) and Bomma Koluvu (Telugu).

Why do we keep Golu during Navratri?

It is akin to invoking the celestial beings into our homes to celebrate and re-emphasize that good ultimately wins over evil. Thus, the Golu festival of Navaratri celebrates the victory of good over evil, for nine auspicious nights, symbolizing the efforts of MahaDevi and celestial beings to vanquish Mahishasura.

What is Navaratri Golu?

Golu, or Bommai Kolu, is a display of figurines set up during the festival of Navratri in the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh. It represents the assembly of Goddess Durga who set out to battle the demon Mahishasura for nine days, eventually defeating him on the tenth day.

Can we keep 3 steps for GOLU?

Golu can be kept either in a grand manner with 9 or 11 steps OR just in a simple form with 3 steps. All you need is just interest, some creativity and passion.

Why do we do Bommala Koluvu?

It is said the celebration aims to encourage dredging and de-silting of irrigation canals and riverbeds as it utilizes the clay got from such activities. “Koluvu has a significant connection with agriculture economy of ancient southern India,” said septuagenarian B T Rao.

What is GOLU called in English?

Golu is the festive display of dolls and figurines in South India during the autumn festive season, particularly around the multiday Navaratri (Dussehra, Dasara) festival of Hinduism.

How do you arrange navarathri GOLU?


  1. Take bath daily( Preferrably Head bath) on all the 9 days.
  2. Wear clean clothes.
  3. Do not eat non-veg food if possible no onion, no garlic veg food.
  4. Draw small kolam everyday in front of golu.
  5. Offer flowers to God in the display daily.
  6. Light lamp in the morning and evening.

What is the story behind celebrating Navratri?

The festival honours and celebrates Goddess Durga for defeating the demon Mahishasura in a battle. The legend has it that demon Mahishasura was granted immortality by Lord Brahma on a condition that he could only be defeated by a woman.

What time should we keep GOLU 2020?

You can arrange the dolls on amavasya day night after 6pm. keep the kalasam on the next day during paatimugam/Pradhamai time. Remember if you have arranged all the dolls and keep the kalasam, you should start doing the pooja with neivedyam. Keeping Kalasam is more important.

What Golu means?

Golu is the festive display of dolls and figurines in South India during the autumn festive season, particularly around the multiday Navaratri (Dussehra, Dasara) festival of Hinduism. They are also known as Kolu, Gombe Habba, Bommai Kolu or Bommala Koluvu.

Can we keep GOLU without Kalasam?

No matter even if you arrange all the dolls, keep the kalasam at the right time and start the pooja. Do not keep the kalasam on amavasya day.

Which is the correct way to keep a Navaratri Golu?

It is customary to place the Steps against a wall (a corner would be great to give support from two sides) so that the dolls face East or otherwise North. Generally the golu is not kept facing South.

Why are the 9 steps of Navarathri Kolu important?

The Nine steps for Navarathri Kolu are said to represent the evolution of beings from the ‘lower’ animal lives to divine. One version is that these are the 9 steps to attain moksha (as usual there are many interpretations). If you are keeping 3 or 5 or 7 steps, reduce the number for each type below, but follow the descending order.

How many steps do you need for Golu Padi?

U can use the readymade golu padi/Golu steps or use some old boxes, tables, chairs etc to make steps. But keep in mind, the munber of steps should be 3, 5, 7 or 9.

What is the significance of Navratri in Tamilnadu?

While Navaratri ( Navratri) across the rest of India is often associated with ritualistic worship or garba or Durga Puja, the local populace in TamilNadu celebrate it as a ‘nine-day dolls festival’ or Bommai Golu ( Bommai means Doll, Golu is to display and pandigai means festival).

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