Madurai Meenakshi Amman Navarathri Golu Durbar 2011
October 18, 2011
The Mylapore Trio of Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation was greatly blessed to put up a grand thematic golu for the first time in the history of Madurai at Meenakshi Amman Temple in Sept - Oct. 2011. Thousands of devotees from far and near including Tirunelveli, Virudhachalam, Virudhunagar, Sivakasi, Rajapalayam, Nagercoil, Mumbai, Delhi, UP, Maharashtra, Gujarat and abroad had darshan of Meenakshi Amman and the golu.
Surendranath, along with his brother Amarnath and his sister Aparna conceptualized, created, designed and executed the golu. The theme was Aadhi Sankara’s SHANMADHA VAZHIPAADU – Gaanapathiyam, Kaumaaram, Saakhtham, Shaivam, Vaishnavam, Sauram on one side and 6 other sections depicting Paddathi Golu, Ramayanam, Krishna Leela, Navarathri Naayakigal, Madurai Mahimai and Meenakshi Sundareswarar Kannunjal on the other side. A massive 12 by 12 Pottraamarai Thadagam was created and at the centre Meenakshi Thirukalyanam on three tier golden lotus with sanga palagai placed and Adi Sankara on the other side, surrounded by Navanaayakigal and lotuses.
Since the motto of the Foundation and the mission of the Trio is to promote culture and tradition, to inculcate values to children and to enlighten and educate the masses on history and culture, the temple Joint Commissioner Mr. Jayaraman invited the Trio to arrange the theme based golu for the first time down south, a totally new idea and concept in that area. The golu was arranged with the all round support of the temple authorities, dolls sponsored by Smart Creations (Chennai) and Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation (Mylapore, Chennai). The Mylapore Trio felt it was a god given opportunity to arrange this golu in the sanctified golu mandapam, where Goddess Meenakshi on all 9 days in different alankarams, gave darshan to thousands of devotees.
The Foundation children performed “Paattum Bharathamum” – a thematic program on Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar on the evening of Saraswathi Pooja day. The singers of the evening were VC Srinithi, S Jayanthi, V Karthik, R Swathi (vocal and keyboard) with the support of temple mridangist Suresh. The dancers were S Varsha, R Lavanya, S Sindhuja, with choreography support by Vidhyalakshmi. The event happened at the Kalyana Mandapam of Meenakshi and Sundareswarar with a spellbound audience of around 1500 people.
The golu team camped at the temple premises for the fortnight. On the final day of Vijayadasami, the Mylapore Trio and the golu team performed the traditional south Indian Mangala Aarati singing relevant songs. The group then circumambulated the sacred Pottraamarai Kulam (Golden Lotus Tank) and immersed the sacred aarati in it. This is believed to be the exact place where sage Nakkeerar was resurrected to life by Lord Chokkanaadha, where Saint Thiruvalluvar's immortal ‘Thirukkural’ placed on a Pottraamarai emerged out of water, in symbolic recognition and acceptance by Lord Chokkanaadha.
Last year, the Trio put up Thiru Allikeni Alankaara Golu at Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Chennai, and the year before last, Ashta Dhikku Alankara Golu at Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple, Chennai.