Golu at Parthasarathy temple
by Sumukhi Foundation, Sponsored by Smart Creations
The ashta dikku
"Thiru Allikeni Alankara Kolu" was arranged by the Mylapore trio at the
Parthasarathy temple. Ashta - eight ; dikku - direction ; Alli -
pink half open water lily ; alankara - beautiful, decorated ; kolu - traditional
display of dolls during Navarathiri.
temple is located at Thiruvallikeni. Keni - pond. The theme
was "Sri Vaishnavam", following the stipulations laid down by the temple
trio, S.Amaranth, S.Surendranath and S.Aparna decided to create the golu
arrangement in the form of a mandapam topped by a golden vimanam in a lily
tank. The floor of the enclosure was covered with a specially printed
sheet showing water with ripples. The artificial lily flowers, the cement
steps leading to the pond painted with white & kavi stripes showed
that the trio had taken trouble to replicate details. On the enclosure
wall of the tank were glowing electric lights fitted in mud agals (lamps).
The dolls were
arranged on steps facing eight directions, with 7 steps in all the four
main directions and three steps at the intersections with a golden vimanam
at the top. The dolls in each direction coincided with the vigrahams placed
in the temple. The top-most step on the four sides had huge idols of Lord
Narasimha, Viswaroopa darisanam, Parthasarathi and the three sakthis. The
lowermost step in every direction displayed the Ashta Lakshmis. Various
religious tales were displayed.
The dolls ranged
in size from a few inches to about 2-3 feet and were made of clay, papier
mache, plaster of paris, metal, fibre. The dolls were hand picked by the
trio - they went hunting to all the major shops in Chennai and also visited
a few other towns to gather appropriate dolls.
On side tables
were placed idols of Ganehsa & Venkateshwara.
Apart from the
main golu on steps, the adjoining mandapam space was also artistically
used up to display huge idols and interesting scenes in three sections.
In the first section were idols of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana & Hanuman
; standing Krishna leaning on a cow, Krishna with gopis, Meera. The
second section depicted the levels of moksham - All the alwars in one step,
Sorga vasal in the 2nd & Vaikuntam at the top level ; in the third
section could be seen huge idols of Vishnu, Andal against the background
of the Srirangam gopuram and a seated Krishna with a cow and calf. Specially
created appropriate posters formed the backdrop in each section.
Krishna with gopikas in the first, sky backdrop for the second and Krishna
with cowherds and cows for the third section.
had sponsored the golu and they also had on display several of their gold
plated & silver items.
will reveal the size & grandeur of this temple golu.
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