Dual themed Kolu by Srividya Nandhakumar

First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a ‘Happy Navarathri’. Our main Kolu is made of 7 steps. This carries dolls such as Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Ganesha, Radhey Krishna, Lakshmi Narashimar, Lakshmi Narayanar, Perumal-Thaayar, Pandurangan-Ragumayee, Ramar Set, Dasavatharam, Ashtalaklakshmi, Azhwars, Karthigai Pengal etc.

In addition to this we have a dual themed kolu this year- (i) 'Nectar of Thiruppavai' & (ii) Family Occasions.

(i). 'Nectar Of Thiruppavai' - The Tiruppavai is a collection of thirty stanzas (paasuram) in Tamil written by Andal, in praise of the Lord Perumal (Vishnu). I have selected only the important Paasurams. Here comes a brief description of them.

1. Periyazhwar finding Andal Near a Tulsi plant
2. Paasuram 1 – Grown up Andal waking up the girls to join her to obtain 'Pavai Nombu',
3. Paasuram 2 – 'Vaiyathu Vaazhveergaal' depicts Lord Vishnu sleeping in 'Parkadal' with Goddess Lakshmi.
4. Paasuram 3 – ‘Ongi Ulagalandha ‘ depicts the praise of 'Ulagalandha Perumal' (Thiruvikraman).
5. Paasuram 4 – ‘Aazhi Mazhai Kanna’– Aandaal asking Lord Krishna for heavy rain.
6. Paasuram 5 – ‘Maayanai Mannu Vada maindhanai’ depicts the scene in which Lord Krishna was tied to the “Ural”.
7. Paasuram 6 – ‘Pullum Silambinakaan’ depicts Lord Vishnu in Garuda Vahanam and man blowing conch.
8. Paasuram 16 – ‘Naayaganaai nindra Nandha Gopanudaiya’ - Girls requesting the door keeper to let them in.
9. Paasuram 19 – ‘Kuthu Vilakkeriya’ depicts Lord Krishna sleeping on the bosom of Nappinnai.
10. Paasuram 24 – ‘Andru ivvulagam Alandhaai’ depicts Krishna carrying Govardhana giri.
11. Paasuram 25 – ‘Oruthi Maganaai Pirandhu’ depicts Krishna’s birth at one place(As Devaki’s son) and transported to another and brought up as Yashodha’s son.
12. Paasuram 26 – ‘Koodaarai vellum seer Govindha’ – Gopikas serving sweet pongal to Lord Krishna.
13. Paasuram 30 – ‘Vanga kadal Kadaindha’ – Gopikas dancing with Lord Krishna after winning the parai.
14. Aandaal joining Rangamannar

Some of these dolls were handmade by me. Paintings which depicts Paasuram 1 'Margazhi Thingal', Paasuram 4 'Aazhi Mazhai Kanna', and Paasuram 16 'Naayaganaai Nindra' were all painted by me..

(ii) 'Family Occasions' - the theme 'Family Occasions' starts with a child's 'Naming Ceremony', followed by the 'Ayush Homam/Ear Piercing'', 'Upanayanam', 'Engagement', 'Wedding', 'Seemantham', 'Shastiapthapoorthi' and ends with 'Sathabhishekam''(This year's new addition). As some of these sets were not sold, I had to create them on my own. The cradle & the baby, Brahmobadesam in Upanayanam are few examples of my creation. These dolls were handmade by me.

I would also like to point out that the dressed up 'Aandaal' statue is made up of one piece. It took more than 2 hrs for me to drape the Saree for her.

Srividya Nandhakumar


aver's picture

superb andal decoration

MJ23's picture

Really like the decorations on Family occaisons, especially the naming ceremony doll

lakshmiraghu's picture

nice decoration

vid_nand's picture

Thnx aver

vid_nand's picture

Thnx mj23.. That one is all of our favorite..:-)..

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Thanks 4 the comment lakshmi Raghu .

vijaysowmya's picture

Very nicely arranged golu and the andaal decor is superb Smile

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sudhabalakrishnan's picture

Superb Andalusia decoration and very grand too

meenasakthi's picture

Golu looking excellent!! Nectar of Thiruppavai & Family Occasions theme looks very good and neatly set. Aandal decoration looking pretty! Smile

Jkannans1's picture

Nice theme and set up nicely!

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Meenasakthi, Sudha Balakrishnan, riaiyer, vijaysowmya, thanks for your comments..

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very interesting and informative.... :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:

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Nalla irukku solla varthaiya illa

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super super super

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Anirudh, Umaraja & Pattabi, Thanks for your comments..