My family has been keeping up with the Navarathri Golu tradition for as long as I can remember, and my husband and I are joining the bandwagon for the first time this year. While setting up our padi this year, I found a few ideas online to get crafty and creative with your exhibition!
The Hindu festival, Navarathri, meaning “nine nights” is just a few days away, and preparations are in full swing. While this festival is celebrated in multiple ways all over India, South Indians carry forward the tradition of “Golu”.
Bommai Golu is a doll or figurine display that is exhibited during the festival of Navarathi in various regions of Southern India. Families come together to decorate and display dolls depicting the Puranas, royalty, temple activities, street vendors, miniature kitchen utensils, and other rural life scenes. The entire family, young and old, actively participate in decorating the padi, odd-numbered rack of shelves, with the various dolls in different themes and set-ups.
Welcome your guests to view your Navarathri Golu with this festive wreath with the Dhashavathar on display. You could even interchange the dolls with Ashtalakshmi or various forms of Ganesha instead!
Bharatanatyam Dancer Matryoshka Dolls
If you enjoy creative projects and want to take up a fun challenge, then check out my blog post from earlier in the year about how to make your own set of Bharatanatyam Dancing Matryoshka Stacking Dolls! You can follow the instructions step-by-step to recreate this however you like!
Change the colours of their outfits, make them into Kathakali dancers or any other dance style if you prefer! The options are endless!Inspired by Studio Yali.
DIY Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswathi Wooden Dolls
Attempt the same DIY as above but make the fierce trinity of Godesses, Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswathi.
Adorn them with various jewels by sticking rhinestones and gold paint. Add them to your stunning golu padi for a personal touch 🙂
Haldi Kumkum No-Sew Bags
Instead of buying gift bags to present your haldi-kumkum to the ladies you invite, transform the blouse bit into a mini parcel with the gift included!
It’s an eco-friendly approach that eliminates paper wastage.
Crepe Flower Wall Hanging
Adorn the walls of your home with this DIY flower wall-hanging thoranam. All you need is some colourful crepe paper and time!
Instructions: Oh Happy Day
Hridaya Kamalam Kolam Board
This kolam pattern was done by mother glass beads, string, pearls, and some hot glue! Add this to your golu set up and place your kalash on it!
Those were all the ideas I had and hope to incorporate into Navaratri this year! If you do try out any of these, please share your work using the hashtag #kadakchaitalks. I’d love to see your take on these fun crafts.