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Why do we keep Kollu or Golu during Navratri? - Navratri Dolls

Bommai Kolu, or Bommala Koluvu, is the artistic display of dolls by women during Navaratri and Dasara in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and among certain communities in Kerala. Kollu, or Golu, is kept during Navratri to honor Goddess Durga who is getting ready to fight Demon Mahisha and restore Dharma. The Navratri dolls, called Kollu or Golu, represent the durbar or assembly of Goddess Durga.

Kollu or Golu represents the assembly held just before Mother Goddess ventures on her mission to slay Mahishasura, the buffalo-headed demon. Therefore when depicted along with the ‘kolu,’ Goddess Durga is also referred as Mahishasuramardini.

The Navratri kolu is displayed on stairs created from wood. The number of steps depends on the availability of the dolls. The maximum number is nine – representing the nine days of Navratri. Usually, the steps erected are even numbers – 1, 3, 5, 7, 9.

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