Bommai figures are small clay doll-like figures, traditionally made in Southern India. They are mass produced in moulds and then painted by hand.
In Southern India, in states like Tamil Nadu, they are particularly important during Navratri - the nine-day festival dedicated to goddess Durga. During Navratri figures of gods and goddesses are set up on an odd number of steps. This Kolu display becomes a focus of worship, where the family offers prayers to the gods, with a focus on Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati.