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|There is a special kind of
relationship between the festival of gudi padwa and rangoli. Rangoli
is the art of drawing images and figures on the floor and walls of
one's home. These images and figures are designed with such a
beautiful combination of various colors that they create a magical
piece of art which promises to mesmerize anyone with their charm.
The art of rangoli is also known by some other names such as Alpana
and Kolam. It has been a tradition in culturally rich India to draw
rangoli on the festivals and other auspicious occasions as it is
considered a holy ritual.
The place of origin of
rangoli in India is supposed to be the state of Maharashtra. But the art of rangoli is equally popular all over the country and therefore different styles of rangoli have come into existence. People slip in to the festive mood by drawing rangoli in their courtyards, walls, mandirs (place of worship), entrance of rooms and main entrance of their homes. Gudi Padwa is a festival when people clean and decorate their residence and offices in order to invite Lakshmi Ji, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
Rangoli Decoration Themes
Drawing rangoli designs is all about your imagination where only sky is the limit. The common rangoli themes are the holy symbols like mangal kalash, leaves of Ashoka tree, om, swastik, a lighted Deepak, shree, lotus and other flowers, creepers, trees, rising sun, moon, stars, chakra, fish, birds, elephants, dancing figures, trident, human figures and geometrical figures such as circles, semi-circles, curves, triangles, squares, ovals and rectangles. Often the footsteps of Goddess Lakshmi entering into the home are designed at the main entrance of the home or near the place of worship, which indicates the entrance of prosperity in the home
The designs of rangoli are created by a combination of different colors. It could be decorated either by colored powders or by colored pastes such as painting colors.
The beauty of the rangoli can also be enhanced by adding some decorative pieces to it such as the lighted deepaks, colorful flower petals and leaves, colored rice grains, colorful pulses, and colored sand.
Rangoli patterns could be drawn by paste of rice grains, turmeric paste, vermilion powder, chalk and limewater. So, go ahead and enjoy the diversity of colors.
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