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Gombe Habba (festival of dolls) – a tradition followed in houses in Mysore and Bangalore as a part of Navaratri celebrations – is being organised at Sharavu Ganapati Temple.— Photo: R. Eswarraj
Gombe Habba (festival of dolls) – a tradition followed in houses in Mysore and Bangalore as a part of Navaratri celebrations – is being organised at Sharavu Ganapati Temple.— Photo: R. Eswarraj

Today will be last day for a glimpse of the Navaratri dolls exhibited on Sharavu Ganapati Temple premises. The exhibition – a tradition followed in houses in Mysore and Bangalore as a part of Navaratri celebrations – is being organised by Nammavaru.

This is the seventh year the organisation has set up the show. “While showcasing our traditional practice, we are also trying to send out a message in each of our shows,” said M.S. Gururaj, a member of Nammavaru.

The centre of attraction at this year’s exhibition is the recreation of Vivekananda Rock in Kanyakumari to mark the 150{+t}{+h}birth centenary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda. A five-foot high Vivekananda idol has been placed before the island. Next to this island are the idols showing “Kalinga Mardhana” (Lord Krishna killing snake) and that of Goddess Sharada, Durga and Saraswati.

In the centre are idols displayed in a traditional form on nine steps. On the top row are pairs of wooden idols known as “Pattada Gombe” (idols of the crown).

A series of other small dolls are arranged on eight steps. It includes dolls showing Dashavatara (ten different avatars of Lord Vishnu) and idols of saints Madhvacharya, Shankaracharya and Ramanujacharya.

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