Navratri – the festival of joy is celebrated with the enthusiasm with people from all regions coming together for celebrations. Navratri – the nine sacred nights is one of the most celebrated festivals of India. In the south, Navratri is the occasion to invite all the friends, relatives and neighbors over to home to look at the Kolu that is arranged. Every year the young girls in the house along with their mothers vie with each other to create a Kolu with a different look. Navratri is celebrated in a very beautiful way by South Indian community. This festival is devoted to goddesses. On this occasion dolls of Parvati, Laxmi and Saraswati are placed on steps called ‘Kolu Padi’. The dolls depict the mythology in an attractive way. As per tradition a family having girl child must keep kolu, and these dolls are passed from generation to generation. The depiction was done at Vashi Fine Arts Society’s Women’s Wing. During Navaratri women prepare sweets and other savouries. In fact, Navratri is considered a women’s festival, when people come to a house to see the kolu, they are given prasad kungumum, and a small bag of gifts usually containing a mirror, a comb, a small box of kungumum, and fruits. Kolu is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil. Kolu is specifically celebration for women. Arranging dolls is fun. Eating sundal is fun. Spending time with family friends and relatives during kolu is fun. However, in the present times, Kolu is also seen as a best tribute to women for in the 21st century women are marching ahead and with celebrations like these, it makes one respect the power of the Goddess and perhaps of even of women. With cameraperson Raju Sharma, Shilpa Suryavanshi for NMTV News.

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