Ashram or Stages of life Kolu
The kolu is based on the theme of “Ashrama” or stages in human life as per Hinduism.
Step 1 from below – Brahmacharya (Student life) – Seen below from left to right – A boy and girl praying in front of a temple, a girl and boy studying, a boy on a rocking horse, two kids on a slide, 3 girls dancing, a bicycle and a cricket scene.
Step 2 & 3 – Grihastha (Household life) – Seen below from left to right – Sadhya eating at a wedding and a Wedding scene.
Seen below from left to right – A woman drawing water from a well, a market scene with a man selling pumpkins, a man making pottery, a man stitching clothes, a man making bricks, a couple selling fruits, two women pounding flour, a woman on a sewing machine, an wardrobe with clothes and wooden vessels.
In the back is a pair of wooden dolls called Marapachi which are an indispensable part of every Kolu and most often the dolls are passed on from one generation to another.
Step 4 – Vanaprastha (Retired life)- Seen below from left to right – An old couple with a priest in front of a temple, Naradar
Sanyasa (Renounced life) – Seen below from left to right – Budha, Mira Bai, Mahatma Gandhi and Shirdi Sai baba.
Steps 5,6 and 7 – Various gods which is usually kept in any traditional Kolu