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Dasara at Home

Dasara (Navarathri) has just concluded and here is a small video of Dasara doll arrangements at house. More than Dasara it was known to us as ‘Gombe habba’ (ಗೊಂಬೆ ಹಬ್ಬ) back when we were kids. For all the ten days during the festival, 50 to 60% of our living room used to get occupied with the dolls. Below is a small video shot by my sister of this year’s festivities (since there is no narration, I’ve tried my level best to explain the arrangements below the video) –

Top most step has ‘pattada gombe’ (ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ) – depicting the royal family of Mysore. Next two steps goes for the Gods and Goddesses. Fourth and fifth has miniature crockery which my mom has collected over 40-45 years. Sixth step is a grocery shop (ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ ಅಂಗಡಿ/ನ್ಯಾಯಬೆಲೆ ಅಂಗಡಿ) – most of the groceries in the shop (especially cashew and Raisin) used to get emptied by me. And now my little nice has taken over that task from me. :)

This video was taken on ‘Saraswati pooje’ – right side of the arrangements has an idol of Goddess Saraswati, books. Left side of the arrangement has three different sets – first one is a wedding ceremony, left side of this set is of ‘Dasara Ambari’ (ದಸರಾ ಅಂಬಾರಿ). Behind the amabari is a 2 ft tall wooden doll which is dressed as Chamundi/Durga. My mom got this doll as wedding gift from her mother 35 years ago.

To the far left has a mini zoo and a small park which has toy train ride, food court, a fountain, a temple at the far corner atop a small hill.

PS: As there was no commentary during the video, my little nice offered to lend her voice with her humming and singing for the whole five minutes :)

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