Shyamsundar said her children, Divya and Surya Sethuraman, help create the golu displays, learning the traditions and stories behind the colorful dolls in the process. Dasara (sometimes spelled Dasehra in English) celebrates the triumph of good over evil and is centered on Durga, a warrior goddess who killed the buffalo demon Mahishasura, according to Shyamsundar.
The family, longtime residents of Mountain View who immigrated from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, faithfully sets up the elaborate display every year, Shyamsundar said.
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