Rangoli Designs

Rangoli is an Indian folk art drawn on the floor with rangoli powders or paste. Rangoli is regionally known as Kolam, in Tamilnadu, Muggulu in Andhrapradesh, and Rangavalli in Karnataka. There are hundreds of rangoli designs in iKolam.com, created by members from all over the world.

The asian symbol of Yin and yang are considered to be of opposites forces. Yin represents feminine, eternity, dark and represents the moon and the left side of the body. Yang is its opposite and represents masculine, history, positive, light and represents both the sun and the right side of the body. This symbol is believed to date back to the 4th century B.C and has been identified with Buddhism and Taoism.
The Swastika is an universal religious symbol of luck and auspiciousness. Its an equilateral cross and has its arms at right angles. This symbol was not only used in the hindu and Buddhist culture, but was also used in Jewish and the Native americans. To the native indians, the swastika signified the sun and the four arms the four seasons. The hindu version of the symbol has a dot in each quadrant.
Triple spiral : Triskele Some of these symbols date back to 3000 BC and can still be seen today on stone carvings in Ireland. The triskele is an ancient celtic symbol related to the sun. Triple centered spirals were also used by the early Christian monks. The single spiral is the oldest of all and it has symbolized the concept of growth, expansion, and cosmic energy. This spiral pattern is used a lot in kolams and rangolis.
The Hexagram also known as the Shatkona is the six pointed star. The symbol is made up of two triangles, one facing upwards symbolizing the male energy,and the other facing down symbolizing the female energy. This symbol also signifies the union of Shiva - a hindu god and his wife Shakthi. This symbol is known as The Shield of David or Magen David in Hebrew and is a generally recognized symbol of Judaism. It can be found on the flag of Israel.
The lotus is one of the symbols used predominantly in the hindu culture as well as in buddism. It stands for the purity of both mind and body.
The right-turning conch is one of the "eight auspicious signs" in Buddhism. The conch is also the symbol of Lord Vishnu and is revered by his devotees as a sacred symbol. The conch symbols are also drawn at the deity's altar in the hindu culture. This symbol is known as the "Shankh" in India.
In India, people recognize this symbol in a kolam form. In other parts of the world this symbol is called the endless knot or the knot or eternity. The endless knot: This symbol is one of the eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism. It signifies unity and purity. The endless knot has also been refered as the Mystic dragon. Fans of this symbol like to wear it as pendants, rings and charms.
This celtic knots are expressed as knots, with lines going over and under, in crisscross pattern. They don't have dots used as grids.
The shield knot is believed to a universal symbol of protection which originated thousands of years ago. This symbol is believed to be an ancient celtic symbol (celtic people were considered to be ancient people of Europe). It was used to ward off evil spirits. Celtic symbols were extensively used in jewelry and art and such patterns weren't derived from the nature. It is also thought to be the origin of the "Qabbalistic Cross" ritual. Some of the other names of this symbol are St.Hans cross and the Earth Square.
Om
OM- The symbol of absolute Om - or the aum is the symbol of essence of Hinduism. It means oneness with the Supreme, the merging of the physical being with the spiritual. The most sacred syllable, the first sound of the Almighty – the sound from which emerges each and every other sound, whether of music or of language. Meditation of Om satisfies every need and ultimately leads to liberation. Nearly all the prayers and recitals of sacred passages are prefixed by the utterance of om.
We had made this kolam during the margazhi season last year. This is a 21 to 11, idukku pulli (like 21, 20, 19...11).
Dots: 13 -1 straight line dots
Dots: 24(4 times)-20(2times)-16(2times)---up to 4(2times).....straight line dots. We can do this kolam with any number of dots, just use even number of dots and use the given pattern....this kolam can be drawn as 16 dots, 20 , 24 ...and so on.
13-1 straight line dots
Dots: 11(3 times)-9-7-5-3(2times)
Revathy Shiva sends her Navarathri pulses/grains rangoli from Bahrain.
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