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
- These dolls made in pairs generally of male and female in naked form are dress up by children
- As part of plaything and displayed during the Golu or “Bommai Kolu” festival.
- Tirupathi is one of the locations where it is specially ornamentally carve, and the dolls are state to represent Venkateshwara.
- They are also in Kondapalli as Raja-Rani dolls which are a compulsory display during the Golu festival.
- As a tradition Marapachi dolls are a hereditary gift from mother to daughter when the latter starts her Bommai Kolu arrangement.
- A particular practice followed in South India is to gift the Marapachi Dolls to newly married couple for their children to play with.
- The particular gift made of Marapachi doll in red sandal wood stated to be the medicinal quality of the wood.
- 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.
- The states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, the Marapachi dolls are part of the display during the Golu festival.
- The displays are arrange in an odd number of tier or steps of 3, 5, 7, 9, or 11, generally in nine steps.
- In the traditional arrangement, the top tier is assign for the display of Marapachi Dolls. Other dolls, either made of clay or wood.
- 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.