Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ಬೊಂಬೆ ಹಬ್ಬ (DOLLS FESTIVAL)

We visited couple of dolls exhibition in Bengaluru, which is part of Navratri Festival.
First was at the house of Dance school director,Vidwan Pulikeshi Kasturi at Yeshwanthpur. As the hall is used for dance classes, large number of dolls were exhibited creatively in major area of the hall. The tradition has been carried on from generations and had very good collection also.

Bombe Habba (DOLLS FESTIVAL) is a toy festival celebrated during the festival of Navratri in Southern India, it is customary in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, as well as in some Tamil communities within Sri Lanka. This is an exhibition of various dolls and figurines in odd (usually 7, 9, or 11) numbered tier.

When people come to person's house to see the BOMBE, usually they are given prasad (the offering given to God that day), kumkum, a holy powder and small bag of gifts. In the evenings, "kuthuvilakku" (small lamp) is lit, in the middle of a decorated "kolam"(Rangoli), before the Kolu and devotional hymns and shlokas are chanted. After performing the puja, the food items that have been prepared are offered to the goddesses.
Kolu is adorned with dolls – predominantly with that of the gods and goddesses depicting mythology. It is a traditional practice to have at least some wooden dolls.
On the 9th day (Saraswati Puja), special pujas are offered to Goddess Saraswati – the divine source of wisdom and enlightenment. Books and musical instruments are placed in the puja and worshipped as a source of knowledge. Also, tools are placed in the pooja as part of "Ayudha Pooja". Vehicles are washed and decorated, and puja is performed for them.
The 10th day, "Vijayadasami" – is the most auspicious day of all. It was the day on which evil was finally destroyed by good. It marks a new and prosperous beginning. New ventures started on this day are believed to flourish and bring prosperity. Kids often start tutoring on this day to have a head start in their education.
 In the evening of "Vijayadasami", any one doll from the "Kolu" is symbolically put to sleep and the Kalasam is moved a bit towards North to mark the end of that year's Navaratri Kolu. Prayers are offered to thank God for the successful completion of that year's Kolu and with a hope of a successful one the next year. Then the Kolu is dismantled and packed up for the next year.

Another was at Girinagar, at the house of Shubha Ravindra, had good collection of dolls and nicely exhibited.   
written on Thursday, 2nd October 2014

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