Know More: Rangoli


Rangoli is a form of decoration commonly used on the ground outside Indian houses. The term rangoli comes from the Sanskrit words rang (colour) and aavalli (meaning coloured creepers or rows of colour)


The motifs in traditional rangolis are taken from nature and mythological legends - the swastik, lotus, trident, fish, conch shell, footprints (of Goddess Lakshmi), creepers, leaves, trees, flowers and animals. The designs may also be geometrical patterns like dots, squares, circles or triangles.

The entire pattern of a rangoli must always be drawn as an unbroken line. Any gaps left anywhere in the design are believed to be ways for evil spirits to enter the household. Others believe that the broken lines possess vibrations that are harmful to the human body.



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Traditional Rangoli: The most common form of rangoli involves the use of gulal (coloured powder) to fill in the designs and patterns. Sometimes a base material like sand, marble dust, saw dust or brick dust can be used to make the colours easier to control.

Floral Rangoli: Fresh flowers in different hues are used instead of powder to fill in the motifs.

Alpana/Kolam: This rangoli is made using rice powder soaked in water. The rangoli is usually just outlined and the motifs are not filled.

Pulse/Spice Rangoli: Gulal is not the only medium to create a rangoli. Everyday cooking items like turmeric, chili, rawa, rice flour, urad, masoor and similar pulses and spices can also be used to create the designs.

Water Rangoli: To make this rangoli, freeze water in a flat dish. Place the flat dish with the frozen ice in the spot where you want your rangoli. Sprinkle a layer of fine saw dust or charcoal powder on the ice. Then use coloured powder (preferably insoluble) to create the rangoli design. The base layer helps to keep the colours floating once the ice has melted.

Bead Rangoli: Beads of various colours are used to create the designs.