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Add A Hint Of Colour To Your Life With Beautiful Rangoli Designs!

April 30, 2016 Dr. Farhat Sultana 3 Comments

When I was small, I had bestie who use to draw patterns infront of her house along with her mother sometimes with only white coloured one or sometimes mostly on occasion colourful one. I was very much attracted and intrigued to know more about it and that day I came to know it's called Rangoli. Since then I am so much attracted with it, I wanted to learn myself and wanted to know more about it.
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Rangoli is a very popular folk art that has several religious connotations across the expanse of India. It's believed that rangoli designs started many centuries ago. Some refrences of rangoli designs are also available in our scriptures. In this patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as chalk powder, lime stone powder, colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals. Traditionally rice flour was used to create rangoli designs, since it can act as a food source for tiny insects and birds.
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  The purpose of rangoli is basically decoration, and some believe it brings good luck even. It's also believed that rangolis ward off evil spirits from homes. Design depictions may also vary as they reflect traditions, folklore and practices that are unique to each area. It is traditionally done by women and girls. Generally, this practice is showcased during occasions such as festivals, auspicious observances, marriage celebrations, almost all kinds of hindu religious occasions, and other similar milestones and gatherings.
It is usually made during Diwali, Onam, Pongal and other Indian festivals. Designs are passed from one generation to the next, keeping both the art form and the tradition alive. If you enter any hindu house in India, you are bound to be welcomed by a rangoli design which is normally drawn with chalk powder or lime stone powder on the floor.
The various names for this art form and similar practices in different state is as follows Kolam in Tamil Nadu, Mandana in Rajasthan, Chowkpurana in Chhattisgarh, Alpana in West Bengal, Aripana in Bihar, Chowk pujan in Uttar Pradesh, Muggu in Andhra Pradesh, Golam kolam or kalam in Kerala and so on.
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  Basically Rangoli is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘rangavalli’. Rangoli is an art which precedes sculpture and painting. It is both an auspicious and a preliminary necessity in any religious ritual. Rangoli designs can be simple geometric shapes, deity impressions, or flower and petal shapes making Floral rangoli (appropriate for the given celebrations), but they can also be very elaborate designs crafted by numerous people.
  Generally women get up early in the morning and clean the area just outside the entrance of their houses with cow dung, sprinkle the area with water and draw it. In some areas they are drawn on the doors to ward off or to repel the evil entering home. During festive occasions even flowers are used to make rangoli.

  Whatever the reason is, Rangoli is beautiful and pleasure to look at and add a life to one's home with all it's colours.



  1. Rangolis look so alluring and hats off to the women who create them..

  2. I love rangoli but never tried yet... nice post

  3. I love rangolis! I always wait for occasions to make one... it's so therapeutic :)