THE KOLUMS OF SOUTH INDIA
In Andhra Pradesh a Kolam or Treshold Design is called by the name of Muggulu.
These are usually done in white rice powder since ancient times, but now more
and more frequently are done with crushed sand- or lime-stone powder. When they are
made with coloured powder the design is called a Rangoli, it is a colourful sight to see this
powder being sold in the towns and villages, pilled up high in heaps on a cart.
Some of the designs remind me of Celtic art.
Of old the women and girls would get up early in the morning and after cleaning
the treshold of their home with water, they would make these intricate designs.
They are meant to be a blessing for the homestead.
While I was in Tiruvannamalai lately I've seen some perforated rolling tubes for sale
which can be used to create a design.
Every area has their own favourite designs. Though these designs are made every or most mornings, they are also especially made on days of Festivals. I'm fascinated by these Kolums!
Here is a website which helps people understand how these designs are created.
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vinayaka chathurthi festival
on vinayaka chathurthi the birth day of ganapathy andhra pradesh people observe fast and worship the ganapathy idol in their home with different varieties of flowers, leaves, rice, turmeric , sandal powder, kumkum, camphor, lighted lamps etc . Each and everypart of his body is worshipped and finally sweet dishes are offered to him. Then there will be a story telling session extolling the heroics of ganapathy and reason for celebrating vinayakachathurthi . Ganesha is the lord of removing obstacles.
these idols will be immersed in water on the fifth day which is another celebration amidst fanfare.
the sweet offerings are called modakam made of rice and coconut
Daily morning there is veda recital,suprabhathom, nagarasangeerthanam.
if Baba is available he gives dharshan at 7.30 am and 3. Pm following this he gives interviews and there is a bhajan for half an hour .everything revolves around him. During festival times there are cultural shows in the bhajan hall. Daily discourses in the morning
video shows at 7.30 pm
For getting inside bhajan hall you have to queue up. Separate queue for men and women. Drawing lots does seating. If the first person in your queue draws a number allotted to back row you have to go there. Inside you are allowed to take only a small purse and money and have to go bare foot The dress code and frisking and checking using metal detector is meticulous
The sick and the handicapped are allowed to enter through a separate entrance. They are provided chairs .Volunteers allotted to that job will push the wheel chair and return them safely once bhajan s over.
crowd control is done by volunteers .
. During festival seasons the crowd can be so huge that you may see Baba only as an orange spot.
lord vinayaka for immersion
idol of vinayaka is worshipped and on 3rd or 5t day carried amidst pomp and pagentry and immersed in lakes or tanks
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