Golu at our house is tradition that has been in practice for generations together. It also is a joint effort. What started as a small Golu when we were newly married in 2005 has grown to a full fledged traditional golu in the yeas that followed. In spite of being a working mom with 2 kids, we have always had the time and interest to create a theme every year for the golu. My daughter had visited Thirupathi last summer along with her dad and she was fascinated by the experience. So this year we chose Thirpathi as the theme keeping in mind the tamil month Purattasi as well, and painstakingly collected dolls related to the theme. Quite an effort it was. Then came the ideation and conceptualization phase which took us a few days and what you see here is the end result. The very natural looking mountain is made out of craft paper and very light in weight. We also wanted to put good use of the Bharatha Matha / Nehru which were handed down by my Grand Mother in law. The dolls are around 60 years old. So we chose to depict India and since the back bone of India is agriculture we have depicted that, Our daughter willingly shared her train set using which we have made the Thriupathi railway station. The Kathakali face Rangoli is done using pulses and acrylic colors depicts lord Rama. My little son who is 7 months old, is captivated by the colors and is always seen making a mad dash to the Golu , with my daugther in her pavadai / chattai running behing him which completes the picture :-) May you blessed by Godess Shakthi this Navarathri and in the years that follow as well.