Every year Navaratri means a new themed golu at Janaki and Sabesh's residence. Preparation begins well ahead with the theme being chosen, dolls chosen or bought or both; and the props and return gifts made... this is not a mean feat; just take a look at the awesome backdrop created for this year's theme - Karnataka. It recreates in minute detail, the ambience of the Mysore palace.
The entire backdrop was made by Sabesh and lit from behind. The steps were custom made for their golus some years ago. The dolls have been selected for the theme. Take a look at the individual tableaus.
This one is the royal procession.
Goddesses Durga, Saraswati and Lakshmi... and a closer look at the intricate detailing of the backdrop.
A wedding amidst the royal settings
other vignettes of daily life
This is a mini golu in case you did not guess...