In line with this year’s Navrathri Golu, Mrs. Sangeeta Shankaran Sumesh, CFO, Dun & Bradstreet Technologies and Data Services Pvt. Ltd.,Chennai, has set up her Golu inspired by our PM Mr. Narendra Modi’s “Beti Bachao ; Beti Padhao” campaign (Save the girl child, educate the girl child).
She has beautifully set up her golu that passes message on violence against women and girls.
Navarathri is a festival dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga over nine consecutive nights and ten days wherein different forms of Devi are worshipped. Thus signifying the importance of women. However in the current day scenario, there seems to be a rise in violence against both girls and women.
Hence, in order to create awareness on some of the current issues, the themes chosen for this year are “Beti Bachao ; Beti Padhao” and “Sthree Sukraksha”, which form part of my regular golu.
The former concept has been inspired by our PM Mr. Narendra Modi’s “Beti Bachao ; Beti Padhao” (Save the girl child, educate the girl child) scheme to generate awareness on improving the gender ratio of our country. This has been depicted by:-
• Save the girl child, save the nation
• Importance of education in development, multi-tasking, etc.
• No to child labour ; yes to Beti Padhao
• Gender equality (Ardha Narishwarar)
• Important quotes by famous personalities like Poet Subramanya Bharathiyar, Gandhiji, Nelson Mandela, Malala etc. (thus also representing religious diversity, international diversity as well as gender diversity)
The second theme is “Sthree Suraksha”. This is in light of the rising crimes against the weaker sex from rapes to murder. This has been portrayed by the messages:-
• Stop sexual violence against women
• United we need to stand for this cause and protect girls and women
• Meaning of “Sthree” and importance of “Suraksha”
• Encouraging the evil elements not to indulge in acid attacks, sexual harassment, eve teasing, chain snatching, murder for gain etc.
• The concluding message is from the last two slokas of Bhagavad Gita wherein Krishna tells Arjuna that – Whenever there is a decay of righteousness, He will be born from age to age to establish righteousness. Thus portrayed by Dasavatharam.
The regular golu is depicted in the middle which starts with “Durga Lakshmi Saraswathi” to go in line with the theme of women and navarathri. The new additions to the golu are the Jagannath Poori idol along with Balabhadra and Subhadra, Radha Krishna and Kali.
The 3 hand drawn rangoli is made from pebbles and beads.