We visited a few homes for the golu, and I was most impressed by the collection of dolls the ladies seem to have acquired over the years:
I loved this representation of of the Carnatic Music Trinity, Saint Thyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshithar, and Shyama Sastri, with Raghavendra swami at the right:
Even male children sat and sang for Amman:
(That's Siddharth Rajagopal, and he sang very well!)
Of course, the food was an awesome spread in each household:
From another home:
We're enjoying it all:
Some of us try out others' playthings:
The centerpiece in this golu was a "crawling Krishna" which was pinched by the baby of the house, and used to hit the passage walls :)
Here's the hostess, holding the baby who's holding the Krishna. Her elder daughter, Neha, is singing:
I loved seeing this Tanzania diorama, with the jungle, the wildlife, and Mt. Kilimanjaro!
Some of us were grappling with the wildlife, too:
Ofkose, the dressing-up must be documented!
Here are two of MY dolls:
And here’s the dusk, deepening into the “ratri” (night) of the Navaratri!
My child and her child:
We thoroughly enjoyed the golu visits, and ate our way through a lot of food :D