Bengaluru: With the ongoing Navratri celebrations, an elderly woman from Bengaluru, Karnataka has decorated her residence with around 10,000 Dussehra dolls this year. The woman named Bhagyalakshmi hails from Thyagaraj Nagar in Bengaluru and the dolls displayed at her house include dolls that are more than a century old. Decorating the house with dolls during Navratri is a year-long tradition in Karnataka. Also known as Bombay Habba, Golu, Kolu or simply Dussehra Gudiya in Kannada, this tradition is a must for homes in South India. With the onset of Navratri (Dussehra Gombe) every year, South Indians especially in the old Mysore region decorate their homes with Dussehra dolls. Also Read – BREAKING: Earthquake of 4.4 magnitude strikes Faizabad, Afghanistan. see details here
This year, Bhagyalakshmi chose the theme of the ancient story of ‘Mahabharata’ in which she portrayed important scenes related to characters from Mahabharata like Draupadi ‘Manbhang’, Bhishma sleeping on the bed of arrows, Draupadi ‘Swayamvar’ etc. Many pictures of her decoration are now also circulating on the Internet. Also Read – T20 World Cup: Australia won’t be affected by disappointing build-up, says Matthew Wade
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Talking to news agency ANI about her Dussehra doll decorations, Bhagyalakshmi said, “Due to the pandemic situation we could not have dolls in the Navratri of previous years. Since we got two years time, we got about 250 different dolls and decorated with hair, dress, jewellery, etc. Every year we change the theme. This year we have chosen the theme of depicting Mahabharata, where we have picked up the major events of Mahabharata like the game of dice, Draupadi ‘Manbhang’, Bhishma sleeping on the bed of arrows, Draupadi ‘Swayamvar’ etc.
He said, “We have got dolls from different countries. We also have heritage dolls which are 100 years old. We have around 50,000 dolls, this time we have showcased around 10,000 dolls. We are making it a tradition since 60 years. There are different types of dolls here. There are different concepts. Every set of dolls is telling a new set of stories. We have Mahabharata, we have a dice game played before It makes us very happy to see this. It is very special,” said neighbor Vinay.
“It is a wonderful work here. It helps the younger generation connect with the olden times. Every year has a different theme. Each time we get a better perspective, a nostalgic memory for people like me,” says a neighbor Srinivasan he said.