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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 :)

Dasara is here…

Dasara festival (also called as Navaratri ), the state festival is here. After two years of gap, the ritual of arranging the dolls is back in our home. Here is a photo taken this evening while arranging the dolls.

Well, its just a sneak-preview. More photos to follow soon. And here is another photo (an old post)


Last Sunday, I played Lagori again. I had been to a temple near Tumkur with family. I saw two guys (Udaya & Chandana) playing Lagori in the temple premises. I was tempted to join them. As an ice-breaker, clicked few of photos of them playing, showed them and asked whether I can join them. And next minute I was playing with them. I played with them for more than half an hour. I was back to my school days.

After sometime, my sister came looking for me as it was lunch time. She stood at a distance watching me playing with the kids. After some 10 minutes she called me for lunch as everyone was waiting for me. At the end, I left reluctantly, soaked in sweat, totally tired of running-around. Thanks Chandana & Udaya for those lovely moments :)

About Lagori (for those who don’t know): Lagori is an interesting outdoor game which we used to play during our school days. It’s a team game involving two teams – seeker & hitter. Team size depends on the availability of the players, varying from as low as 3 to sometimes 15-16 members per team. To play Lagori, we need a soft rubber ball or a tennis ball and 7 to 11 flat stones placed one above the other, with bigger stone at the bottom and smaller at the top and an open space for the players to run-around.

Stack of stones is placed in center. Members of Seeker team gets three chances each to unstack the stones by hitting them using the ball. If one fails, next member comes in and gets his chance. When all the members of Seeker team fail to hit the stones, the role changes. The real fun starts when someone from Seeker team scatters the stones. At that point, goal of Seeker team is to pile up all those stones before Hitter team hits any of the Seeker team member by the ball. And goal of Hitter team is to hit one member of the opposite team before stones get piled up. The team whoever achieves the goal will get a point and game continues again by hitting the stack.