Jan 15 2007

Sankranthi Bommala Koluvu (Dolls Exhibition)

Published by mythili at 1:00 am under Indian Festivals,Misc


Happy Sankranthi to all of you !! So finally here it is. Take a deep breath and enjoy the fare.

I got a lot of help from Michael’s (craft store in the US).  I got wooden miniatures of a house( bird house, actually), some planes, some kitchen utensils, some dolls and painted them with acrylic colors. A sample below.

The last time I visited India, I bought a set of dasavataras of Lord Vishnu from a hand crafts exhibition. Check it out.

Matsya, Koorma, Varaha

Hayagreeva, Narasimha, Vamana

Parasurama, Rama

Krishna, Buddha

A bommala koluvu is not complete without this setting. I made a farm with some farm animals and green colored sand.

A truck carrying wheat harvest from the field.  Check out the miniature milk bottles painted white :D :D . I had to dry them under an incandescent lamp and a hair dryer so I could put them out first thing next morning. Heh! Heh!


Jenga steps : ( :P )

The festival of harvest :

And for naivedyam (offering to God) I made the two quintessential dishes that signify this celestial occurance – Makara Sankranthi : Katta Pongal (spicy pongal with rice and green gram dal) and Chakkera Pongal. Check this out.

Katta Pongal and Chakkera Pongal

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18 Responses to “Sankranthi Bommala Koluvu (Dolls Exhibition)”

  1. Manishaon 15 Jan 2007 at 2:27 pm

    Gosh! That is so beautiful!

    I love the little wooden people! My sis gave my daughter a set of wooden people and wooden utensils many years ago. I was thrilled when she didn’t care much for them cos I got to keep them! Yay!

  2. Kiranon 15 Jan 2007 at 11:44 pm

    Jus one word … Amazing!! :D

  3. Kalyanion 15 Jan 2007 at 11:48 pm

    I doubt… is there anyone in India who made the “koluvu” so so so good!! :)

  4. Manishaon 16 Jan 2007 at 12:44 am

    Woweee! That sneak peek was really only just a peek! I wondered if that was the dashavatar …


    Hats off to you!!

  5. mythilion 16 Jan 2007 at 1:07 am

    Manisha –
    The set had these avatars. I know Hayagreeva (the horse) is not that popular. This is a little known fact, but the actual number of avatars is 21. Mohini avatar, Lord Venkateshwara, et.al. I didn’t know about this either until I read Srimad Bhagavatam. And I don’t know how the number 10 came up.
    The usual avatar that shows up in sets like these is the Kalki avatar.

    I will get a complete list of 21 soon…. I am so happy looking at your comments.


  6. swapnaon 16 Jan 2007 at 11:54 am

    hi vindu
    happy pongal..
    bommala koluvu is wonderfull…

  7. Pavanion 16 Jan 2007 at 3:55 pm

    Wow.. Mythili.. Bommala koluvu chala bavundhi.. very creative and interesting… Brought back memories from my childhood. Though we never had bommala koluvu in our home, we used to go for “perantam” in our neighbors houses to compare how good their “koluvus” were.
    Good job keeping up the tradition in the U.S. You made me think of doing something like this for next year..

  8. Ushaon 17 Jan 2007 at 3:56 pm


    First time here, that is a nice kolu. Can you explain why you keep this kolu this time of the year and how do you keep it? So far i have only known the Navarathir golu which comes in sept/oct.


  9. mythilion 17 Jan 2007 at 5:19 pm

    Swapna, Pavani and Usha – Thanks a lot !!!!

    Usha – Here is a link. Check it out ! http://www.gourismitha.com/IndianFestivals/Sankranthi/san.html

  10. Ushaon 18 Jan 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Thanks, the link was very informative.

  11. sailajaon 21 Jan 2007 at 12:43 am

    Beautiful, Mythili! That’s all I can say..:)

  12. chittion 29 Jan 2007 at 11:50 am

    simply superb!!!!!

  13. arunaon 15 Nov 2007 at 11:58 pm

    rich tradition is followed by you.continue the wonderful bommala koluvu……….

  14. Vindu » Sankranti Bommala Koluvuon 14 Jan 2008 at 12:30 pm

    [...] Last year’s Bommala Koluvu here. [...]

  15. jayaon 26 Jan 2011 at 12:06 pm

    hey vindu
    chaala chaala bavudi meeku bogi pallu posinappudu pillalaku pade paatalu thelsaa?????

  16. Mehar prasad reddyon 06 Sep 2011 at 10:39 am

    i recollected my chaid hood days

  17. janakion 14 Sep 2011 at 3:02 am

    nice presentation try for dasarah also

  18. Radharaopvon 14 Jan 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Very beautiful and graded BOMMALA KOLUVU.Thank you

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