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Book Review: On Philosophising, Philosophers, Philosophy and New Vistas in Applied Philosophy, by Dr. Sharmila Jayant Virkar

A little bit of context before you begin reading this book review. I have recently enrolled for an MA in Philosophy at the University of Mumbai. Philosophy is something I have been getting interested in, over the past few years, as those of you who have been reading my blogs and Instagram posts would know. During the pandemic, I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do next, and this is what I eventually came up with. It has been a challenge, getting back into academics as a student at this age, especially in a subject I have no academic background in. However, it has also been very exciting, especially thanks to my wonderful classmates (who, surprisingly, are of all age-groups, including some quite near my own) and my teachers, who have been very supportive and understanding. How well I will do is something that remains to be seen, but so far, I am enjoying this new journey and look forward to where it leads. Now that you know the background , you probably get an idea of how

Navaratri 2010 - Day4 - A Temple Golu

I live in an area which is predominantly South Indian, and has three temples within the colony itself. Today, I am taking you along to the smallest temple - dedicated to the Goddess Mariamman (the most popular form of the goddess worshipped in the rural areas of Southern India). This temple keeps a Golu every year, and the interesting thing is that all the dolls have been donated by people. I enjoy visiting this temple during Navaratri just because I can see some old and wonderful clay dolls of Gods and Goddesses, which are infinitely more beautiful than their newer counterparts.

Here is the overall view.... there are two sets of steps which have been combined to keep all the dolls...


And here are some interesting dolls....

These are Samhith's favourites....
The houses.....


..... and this pumpkin!


I liked this Dakshinamoorthi with his disciples - the four sages.


There are two sets here... one is the marriage set and the other is a group praying to a Ganesha near a tree.


I loved these two dolls... one wearing  a six yards saree and the other wearing the traditional nine yards one...


And here is a closer look at the tree. There are idols at the base, such as a Ganesha and a lingam. There are also four statuettes of snakes, a sight commonly seen in temples in Southern India. Wish I had one of these!


Here is a new set I have not seen before. This one depicts the Lakshmi Kubera Puja. The pair at the centre are Kubera, the God of wealth and his wife Sittarini. Above is Goddess Lakshmi, pouring Gold Coins, symbolizing wealth. On the two sides are Yakshas, and in front are pots of puffed rice and coins covered with sugar candy. To read more about Kubera Lakshmi, click here. Incidentally, there is a lotus placed in front of Kubera with a golden fish on it. I have been unable to find the significance of this, except that the fish is considered auspicious and signifies the presence of Lord Vishnu in Matsya avatar. If anyone can throw any light on this, please do write in and I shall update this post with your information. 


And finally, here is the Devi herself, all decked up for the evening pujas....

A closer look at her...


Thats all for today....Lets see what tomorrow brings!

Comments

  1. Lovely pictures all, I like the pumpkin.

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  2. This is a grand Golu! Thanks for posting this.

    (To read more about Kubera Lakshmi, click here. - This is not hyperlinked).

    :)

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  3. @Mridula: thanks... it was so real...

    @Bindhu: thanks so much.... seem to have missed linking it... have done it now!

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  4. Sooper
    was just wishing I could take my kids to see an authentic Golu, and here is one... I shall show it to them surely

    BTW where is yours in its completed version

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  5. sorry I somehow missed your first post on N...

    wonderful

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  6. By showcasing a golu each day, you are sparing us a temple visit. Lovedthe previous blogs. Excellent photos. will watch regularly.

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  7. Very colorful! You have started a wonderful series.

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