Marapachi bommai

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Marapachi bommai or marapachi dolls

Marapachi bommai or marapachi dolls are traditional dolls made of wood, usually in pairs couples.

  • Display during dussera or golu festival.
  • This pair of dolls are made with Tanjore teak wood and decorated using Tanjore art form (gold foil and stone-work)
  • The proportions, symmetry and features of the dolls follow the authentic marapachi format. Display it or gift it and express your ethnic style in a new way


  1. These dolls made in pairs generally of male and female in naked form are dress up by children
  2. As part of plaything and displayed during the Golu or “Bommai Kolu” festival.
  3. Tirupathi is one of the locations where it is specially ornamentally carve, and the dolls are state to represent Venkateshwara.
  4. They are also in Kondapalli as Raja-Rani dolls which are a compulsory display during the Golu festival.
  5. As a tradition Marapachi dolls are a hereditary gift from mother to daughter when the latter starts her Bommai Kolu arrangement.
  6. A particular practice followed in South India is to gift the Marapachi Dolls to newly married couple for their children to play with.
  7. The particular gift made of Marapachi doll in red sandal wood stated to be the medicinal quality of the wood.
  8. When a child licks this plaything made of red sandalwood, the child’s saliva derives an extract of the wood which the child absorbs into its system.
  9. The states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, the Marapachi dolls are part of the display during the Golu festival.
  10. The displays are arrange in an odd number of tier or steps of 3, 5, 7, 9, or 11, generally in nine steps.
  11. In the traditional arrangement, the top tier is assign for the display of Marapachi Dolls. Other dolls, either made of clay or wood.
  12. On the first day of the Navratri, which is a New Moon Day, worship is offer by women of the house to the Goddesses Parvathi, Lakshmi and Saraswati.


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