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Marapachi Bommai Kolu Dolls during Navratri – Wooden Couple Dolls

Marapachi Dolls are an indispensable part of Navaratri Bommai Kolu doll arrangements. Marapachi Bommai literally means wooden toys. Golu or Kolu is the display of dolls during Navratri in South India especially in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Kerala. In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the display is known as Bommalu Koluvu. Marapachi wooden dolls are figures that were made for children from dark wood. They were toys for children in ancient days. But today they are confined to the Golu display.

Navratri in Tamil Nadu – Navarathri

In Tamil culture, nine nights of Navratri are dedicated to Goddesses Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. In Tamil Nadu, the festival of Navarathri is famous for the Kolu doll arrangements. Women arrange Kolu dolls in homes on decorated steps made from wood. Navarathri 2018 begins on October 10 and ends on October 19. Navaratri is observed in the Tamil month Puratassi.
Special Navratri pujas and rituals are performed for Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi. The first three days are dedicated to Durga, the next three to Lakshmi and the final three days to Goddess Saraswati.

Saraswathi Puja on the last three days is of great importance to many Hindu communities.
A kalash symbolizing the Goddesses is prepared and worshipped during the Navratri period.
People avoid non-vegetarian food during the period and some people also perform Navratri fasting on certain days. A partial fast is also observed during the period.
But for most Tamil women, Navratri is dedicated to Kolu doll arrangements. Th…

Story of Origin of Veni River

Story of origin of Veni River is associated with a curse by Goddess Saraswati. Legend has it that Brahma was ready to perform a yajna. Vishnu and Shiva arrived to witness the yajna. But Brahma could not start the yajna as his wife Saraswati did not turn up.

As the auspicious time was passing over, at the instance of Shiva, Brahma started the yajna with his second wife Gayatri.

But soon Goddess Saraswati arrived at the yajna and got angry for not waiting for her.

She cursed the gods present there to take the form of rivers.
Thus Shiva was cursed by Goddess Saraswati to take the form of Veni River.

Navratri Food – Best of Navaratri Vrat Recipes

Food offered in the form of Prasad to ‘Mother Goddess’ is an essential part of Navaratri festival. Those people who observe Navratri Vrat (fasting) also prepare traditional Navratri dishes which are first offered to Goddess and then shared by family members, neighbors and friends. There is no dearth for Navratri recipes on the internet. Here are a few websites with good Navaratri Vrat recipes – emphasis is given to blogs written by mothers and females who have prepared the dishes and then written about it. Please note that the selection is not based on any criteria. If you have a blog and Navratri recipes included please do let us know so that we can include it in this list. Makhane Aur Beej Ki Mithai This is a simple home made sweet and this is by Bhawna. You can find the recipe here at her blog. Chickpea Sundal This is a simple home made food offered as Naivedya (Prasad) and this is also by Bhawna. This recipe can be found here. Peanut Ladoos

Takli Gomaya Maruti Mandir in Nashik in Maharashtra – Hanuman Idol Made Using Cow Dung

Gomaya Maruti Mandir at Takli in Nashik in Maharashtra was established by Sri Samarth Ramdas. The Hanuman murti or idol worshipped in the temple is made using cow dung.

The temple was established in 1633. The Gomay Maruti is facing west; and is depicted as if walking towards south.

The murti is nine feet in height. The left hand is on the chest and the right hand is in abhaya mudra.
The temple is part of the Sri Samarth Ramdas Ashram. In the ashram there are various other murtis of Hanuman and of gods and goddesses in Hindu pantheon.

Symbolic Meaning and Spiritual Importance of Navratri – Sri Sri Ravishankar

Sri Sri Ravishankar in this article explores the symbolic meaning and spiritual importance of Navratri. What is the meaning of Navaratri? Ratri, "ra" means giving solace. Solace from three types of problems, that is "tri" - physical, ethereal and causal. Ratri relieves you and puts you to sleep. No animal needs to worry at night. Whether happy or unhappy everybody goes to sleep. In Sanskrit, words are connected to the meaning.

Switch off our sense organs that we are not using at that moment

Brooding on the past and worrying about the future are the most common leaks of the mental energy.

The best way to conserve the energy of the sense organs is to restrain from taking in any sensory input that one does not need. Then, the eyes would see only what has to be seen, the ears would hear only what has to be heard, the tongue would taste only what is to be tasted, the skin would touch only what has to be touched, and the nose would smell only what has to be smelled. Trained in such a fashion, not only would the distraction caused by the senses be reduced to a bare minimum, the sensory experience of such trained senses would be accentuated and superfine with a remarkable intensity.

We constantly blame the mind for distractions and for losing focus. Our complaint is that the mind is wandering all the time.

Imagine a person who is served several plates of mouth-watering dishes at the same time, all dishes exuding mind-blowing scents, and served with royal dressings. How can tha…