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Can men keep golu during Navathri

prasad1

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Why not?
Having said that let us ask the next question. What is the purpose? And what is your motivation?

The Kolu is predominantly displayed with depictions from Hindu mythological Puranas text, court life, royal procession, ratha yatra, weddings, everyday scenes, miniature kitchen utensils, anything a little girl would have played with. It is a traditional practice to have wooden figurines of the bride and groom together, called 'Marapacchi Bommai' or 'Pattada Gombe', usually made of sandalwood, teak or rosewood or dried coconut and decorated with new clothes each year before being displayed on the Kolu. In southern India, bride is presented with 'Marapacchi Bommai' during the wedding by her parents as part of wedding trousseau to initiate the yearly tradition of 'Navaratri Golu' in her new home with her husband. These dolls come as couples dressed in their wedding attire, depicting husband and wife symbolizing prosperity and fertility and the start of the bride's Golu collection. Display figurines are passed on from one generation to another as heirloom, and are often several generations old. In old Mysore area 'Pattada Gombe' is also believed to be a tribute to the Wodeyars the benevolent and progressive monarchs who ruled of the region for around 600 years.

In the evenings, women within the neighborhood invite each other to visit their homes to view the Kolu displays; they also exchange gifts and sweets. A Kuthuvilakku lamp is lit, in the middle of a decorated Rangoli, while devotional hymns and shlokas are chanted. After performing the puja, the food items that have been prepared are offered to the Goddess and then to the guests. It is generally a woman's social.

Men can wear women's clothes but society still thinks it is odd. But a woman wearing Pants was considered odd, a few decades ago, but now it is common and people ignore it.

Kolu is a social get-together with invitations extended to friends and neighbors. Invitees visit the place beautifully attired. Earlier when festivals and feasts were the only opportunities to socialize, Bommi Kolu (during Navratri) served as one of the best days for socializing. With arranged marriages being almost a custom in India those days, Bommai Kolu (during Navratri) served as one of the ways to engage in matchmaking. The culinary expertise of women also finds expression when they employ their best skills to impress the guests.

Read more at: https://www.boldsky.com/yoga-spirit...avratri-bommai-kolu-dolls-display-131010.html
 
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