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GOLUPADI – THE FESTIVAL OF DOLLS FROM THE SOUTH REACHES NAVI MUMBAI IN TRADITIONAL STYLE

gaulupadi-2Where on one side, the city is celebrating Navratri on the other hand south Indians are celebrating Golupadi in their traditional style. The main highlight of the celebration is the different kinds of decorated durga idols. This festival is mostly celebrated by women in south India. Golupadi is one of the most important festivals of south India. Golu means statue and padi mean sitiya. This festival is quite similar to the Navratri festival. Residents usually decorate their houses with 150 small different kinds of dolls. Many of the dolls are a reflection of our history and tradition. Golu is adorned with dolls – predominantly with that of the Gods and Goddesses depicting mythology. It is a traditional practice to have at least some wooden dolls. There should also be a figurine of a boy and a girl together. The main highlight is the Krishna Lila presented through these idols men. On the last day of the celebration that is the 9th day, the idols are together kept at home and the next year more new idols are prepared and kept with the old ones. During these days of the festivals, married women are seen in the Goddesses. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Nilofar Shaikh, Milind Tambe for Navi Mumbai News.

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