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Bengaluru: Mahabharat Comes Alive With 10,000 Dasara Dolls At This Year’s Navratri

Also known as Bombe Habba, Golu, Kolu in Kannada or simply Dasara dolls, the tradition is a must for households in South India. Every year with the beginning of Navratri, South Indians decorate their house with Dasara dolls.

With the beginning of Navratri festivities across India, a resident of Thyagraj Nagar in Bengaluru has amped up the celebrations as she decorated her house with nearly 10,000 Dasara dolls.

The dolls exhibited by Bhagyalakshmi at her home include dolls older than a century. 

Decorating the house with copious dolls in Navratri for the exhibition is a year’s tradition in Karnataka. Also known as Bombe Habba, Golu, Kolu in Kannada or simply Dasara dolls, the tradition is a must for households in South India. Every year with the beginning of Navratri, people living in south India decorate their house with Dasara dolls.

This year, Bhagyalakshmi chose the theme of the ancient story of ‘Mahabharata’ wherein she depicted the crucial scenes related to its characters like Draupadi ‘Maanabhanga’,  Bheeshma sleeping on a bed of arrows, Draupadi ‘Swayamwara’ to name a few.

The decoration has prompted many to come to her house and witness the beauty in person. According to Bhagyalakshmi, due to the pandemic situation, they got two years of time in which they managed to assemble and decorate around 250 different dolls. She also claims that the dolls have come from various countries.

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