Crafts of Andhra Pradesh Ethnic Dolls & Toys Ethnic Wood Crafts

Discovering the Charm of Marapachi Bommai Dolls: A Traditional Treasure of Andhra Pradesh

Spread India's Glorious Cultural & Spiritual Heritage

ॐ श्री गुरुभ्यो नमः ॐ श्री शिवानन्दाय नमः ॐ श्री चिदानन्दाय नमःॐ श्री दुर्गायै नमः 

Source of all Images in this Blog-post : Google Images : ‘Google Image Search’ will reveal the multiple sources of every single image shared here. For more details, kindly see ‘Disclaimer

Golu Dolls for Navaratri 2022 – Buy Online

220 Marapachi dolls ideas in 2021 | dolls, gombe, golu
Marapachi Bommai ( Dolls ) of Andhra Pradesh

Marapachi Dolls, also known as Marapachi Bommais meaning wooden dolls, are traditional dolls made specifically of red sandalwood  or silk-cotton-wood or red wood which are displayed during the Golu festival in South India as part of Dassara or Navaratri celebrations.

Sri Sai Plate Decorations - Marapachi doll done by me for my customer. |  Facebook
Marapachi Bommai ( Dolls ) of Andhra Pradesh

These dolls made in pairs generally of male and female 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 Golu festival.

Wooden Lord Tirupati Balaji Thaiyar dolls Marapachi dolls, Tirupati Balaji  Statue, बालाजी की मूर्ति, बालाजी स्टेचू - Bangaloris Collection, Bengaluru  | ID: 21399663288
Marapachi Bommai ( Dolls ) of Andhra Pradesh

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.

14 Marapatchi dolls ideas | dolls, golu, indian dolls
Marapachi Bommai ( Dolls ) of Andhra Pradesh

The significance of this particular gift made of Marapachi doll in red sandal wood 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

15 Marapachi ideas | indian dolls, festival decorations, wedding doll
Marapachi Bommai ( Dolls ) of Andhra Pradesh

During the Golu festival, which is held in South India, as part of Navratri festival.

This is particularly in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, the Marapachi dolls are part of the display.

The displays are arranged in an odd number of tiers or steps of 3, 5, 7, 9, or 11, but generally in nine steps.

Pin by Nirmala Sringari on MARAPACHI DOLLS | Diy doll, Wedding doll,  Goddess decor
Marapachi Bommai ( Dolls ) of Andhra Pradesh

In the traditional arrangement, the top tier is assigned for the display of Marapachi Dolls. Other dolls, either made of clay or wood, are arranged in specified tiers.

On the first day of the Navratri, which is the day following New Moon Day, worship is offered by women of the house to the Goddesses ParvathiLakshmi and Saraswati.

marapachi dolls...for sale what's up me 8904334149 | Goddess decor, Dolls  for sale, Golu ideas
Marapachi Bommai ( Dolls ) of Andhra Pradesh

Click on the images below to buy online

Click on the images above to buy online

Golu Dolls for Navaratri 2022 – Buy Online


“A country remains poor in wealth both materially and intellectually if it doesnot develop its handicrafts and its handicrafts & handloom industries. It lives a lazy parasitic life by importing all the manufactured articles from outside”.

~ Mahatma Gandhi

Spread India's Glorious Cultural & Spiritual Heritage

By Mala Chandrashekhar

Introducing Blogger Mala Chandrashekhar - a specialist academically trained in modern Western sciences, yet deeply enamored with India's timeless ethnic arts, crafts, and textiles. Her heart beats for the rich and glorious cultural and spiritual heritage of India, and she has dedicated her entire blog to spreading the immortal glories of ancient India worldwide. Through her simple yet impactful blog posts, Mala aims to reach every nook and corner of the globe, sharing India's beauty and wisdom with the world.

But Mala doesn't stop at just sharing her own thoughts and ideas. She welcomes constructive criticisms and suggestions to improve her blog and make it even more impactful. And if you share her passion for India's culture and heritage, she extends a warm invitation for high-quality guest blog posts.

Ready to dive into the world of India's ageless beauty? Follow Mala on LinkedIn and join her in spreading the magic of ancient India to the world.

LinkedIn Profile :

2 replies on “Discovering the Charm of Marapachi Bommai Dolls: A Traditional Treasure of Andhra Pradesh”

Hello mam I am sankar and we are golu dolls manufacturer in kanchipuram, also we need to extend our business apart from our collection searching some unique producta from other vendors, In your blog i saw some decorative marapachi dolls and perumal dolls also I request you kindly provide the contact of the manufacturer of some unique collections pls if you do the needful it could be helpful for us

Dear Madam,
I would like to thank you because of our dolls here. The first pair of Marapachi bommai is our work.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *