Marapachi Bommalu

 Marapachi Dolls also known as Marapachi Bommais ("wooden dolls") are traditional dolls made specifically of red sandalwood or silk-cotton-wood (Bombax) or redwood which are displayed during the Golu festival in South India as part of Dasara or Navaratri celebrations. These dolls made in pairs generally of male and female in naked form are dressed 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 carved, and the dolls are stated to represent Venkateshwara and his consort.They are also made in Kondapalli as Raja-Rani (King and Queen) dolls which are a compulsory display during the Bommala Koluvu/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 significance of this particular gift made of Marapachi doll in red sandalwood is 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.

add chat to your website