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Ladakh - Planning The Trip

Over 2000 Km by road, in around 10 days. Stunning landscapes, wonderful people. That sums up our Ladakh trip. But how did it actually work? How did we make it happen? Read on to find out!  Leh, the capital of Ladakh , is accessible by air and road. Flying into Leh is the easiest, and time-saving option, while the road is the time consuming one, but with the added advantage of driving past some of the most beautiful landscapes in our country. Each option has much to recommend it, and we chose the road for just one reason – altitude sickness. Altitude sickness was one of my biggest concerns, since I suffer from motion-sickness. Yes, I do travel a lot, but that is despite my condition, and, over the years, have learnt how to handle it. I struggled with it when we visited Nathu-La in Sikkim, and wondered if I would be able to manage a week at the even higher altitudes that we would encounter in Ladakh. This was the reason we stuck to a basic plan, of only 9 days in Ladakh, though we

Navaratri Preparations - Part 4 - Samples for the Golu....




Taking a break from navaratri preparations, I went to Matunga yesterday to buy some essentials for the puja. A trip to Matunga is never complete without a visit to Giri Stores – the one-stop shop for every kind of book and CD we South-Indians would ever need. Every navaratri, Giri stocks up on the ‘Kolu Bommais’ – dolls for keeping in the golu, and I love having a look-around, though there’s no place for more dolls at my place.

It would have been great to take Samhith along, but he was at school, so I brought back photographs instead! Here they are –


An assortment of dolls - from Krishna to the Devis  and the Dashavatar , Tirupati Balaji and Sri Raghavendra.


More of the same... 

Rows and rows of Gods and Goddesses.....





Different types of Krishnas.......




and a Karthikeya too.....



Some beautiful representations of sculptures, recreated in clay.....



The divine musicians - Samhith asked me whether asuras knew how to play musical instruments, and when I asked why, he replied that they looked like asuras!!!





The marriage of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi

The birth of Krishna....



Gajendra Moksham...



Lord Ayyappa.... and also the Paramacharya....


Rows and rows of Kamadhenu - the divine, wish fulfilling cow.....


Bala Krishna, stealing butter, Radha and Krishna, and Narashimha with Prahalada..... more detailed tableaus of the Dashavatars....


Moving from divinity to the human element - representations of professions - from the brahmin priests to blacksmiths and cobblers....


and vegetable sellers......


... labourers, dancers and sanyasis.....


to tribal dancers...


and village life....


One of the most popular sets of all time - a cricket team!


Mahishasura Mardini - a representation of the Durga Puja in Bengal.....



Here's something for the kids.... the ever popular stories of  "The Hare and the Tortoise" and "the Lion and the Rabbit"...



And finally, it is not only the animate, but also the inanimate which find their place on the golu - cartons of wax  fruits and vegetables!



Hope you all enjoyed these toys as much as I did! Samhith loved them, and I have promised to take him next time!


Comments

  1. thanks for all the pictures! Glad u posted them I have no way of seeing them in singapore otherwise :)

    Did you notice the idols that comes these days are not as beautiful as the ones we had back in our dad's time ? The face is dis oreinted, hands and legs not under any propotion , painting awful and they mostly look like a pulp of clay given to a child for making a doll and painted by 11 year old. :)

    yet some of the dolls stands apart, It makes me believe true workmanship is still alive
    somewhere :)

    p.s: the marriage is shiva's not vishnus :) and yes asuras play musical too

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  2. Wowww... Rhomba porumai!! lovely dolls, wish i was there to come over see them in real...

    The lions n well was damn cute... [last but one pic] :)
    This time a friend has invited me over to help her n her son put up the golu.. looking fwd to it..never done it ever!!

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  3. Giri Stores is the epitome of Matunga. And how the place has grown over the years. Now it is completely air-conditioned, has a separate section for eatables and powders/chutneys etc. Had been there recently after a long time and all those earlier memories came rushing back.
    Really beautiful bommais. Loved the cricket one.

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  4. hi people

    i was wondering if anyone can help me?

    i reside in london and have a business in religious goods. i have come across suplliers for kolu dolls but not what i am looking for.

    i have been told kancheepuram would be good to go.

    please if anyone can help me i would apreciate i also have pictures of what we stock now and what we are looking for

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