Chikku Kolams

Chikku kolam

This is a chiku kolam from my mom's collection of designs. I had borrowed her notebook of kolams a few years ago, when I had started this site. This design is also for a member of this site (Mr/Ms ilavenil), who had asked about how to get started in making this chiku kolam (

Rangoli: Margazhi dew drops Kolam contest - 2008-2009

This is straight dotted kambi kolam. 65 dots straight line and 33 dots horizontal line.

I have put this Vinayagar kolam for the Times of India margazhi kolam contest and I won the prize worth Rs.25,000/- Designer saree from RMKV. First I put this vinayagar on paper with pencil. It took 2hrs. Then I thought if I drew this kolam with rice flour, would it take more than 3hrs? So, I started this kolam at 3am in the early morning. Dots tooks 2 hrs, after that I finished Vinayagar at around 8.30am in the morning. Behind my house there is space to draw my Vinayagar. In that place we didn't have proper lights. My father and brothers made some temporary arrangements and fixed a small light, and my sister and brother's wife were also up early morning, and they stood in both sides and gave some feedback every now and then ( looks nice, good, draw the line properly, correctly). My family supports to me a lot.

Hard work never fails. Its god's gift.

With Regards

Chariot kolam / Ther kolam

Some of the well known temples in India initiate a procession with the devotees and the temple chariot also called the rath in the festival season.

Idols of gods are placed in large chariots or raths which are drawn by the pilgrims. The chariots are approximately 45 feet high and have six wheels. Each year, the rath yatra (procession) draws huge number of devotees from all over the country.

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This is a chikku kolam.
6x4x2 rangoli

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This is a chikku kolam.
2 x 2

A very simple kolam. Actually, this probably is the first kolam that kids would be taught when they begin to learn the art of kolam.

Dotted kolam - 5x1
This is a chikku kolam.

These little christmas angels are adorable! Lay down the dots and draw an angel in all four directions. There are four angels and four christmas trees around a small symmetrical rangoli.

Merry Christmas Poinsettia Rangoli

This Christmas kolam is an ideal design for your frontyard during the Christmas holidays. It not only beautifies and makes the outside of your home more colorful, but also wishes every passer-by a very "Merry Christmas"!
The grid of dots for this kolam has the following number of dots: the horizontal middle chunk has 4 rows of 16 dots each. Above that, there is a row of 12 dots, followed by 14, 12, 14, 8 and finally 4 dots (one above the other in the sequence given all the way in the UP direction). Now for the other directions: put the same number of dots as in the UP direction i.e 12, 14, 12, 14, 8 and finally 4 dots respectively one below the other row in the DOWN direction. You have to see the picture of dots to make the row of 8 dots (in both up and down directions) because they are irregular, but not difficult to follow. Similarly, you would've to be a bit creative while writing the letter Y in the word MERRY, because you're going to be left with 2 stray dots on either side at the bottom of the Y if you use the capital Y instead of y. Please see the animation to understand what I'm referring to. The flowers in this kolam could be colored red and green to make it look like Poinsettia (keeping the Christmas theme in mind). Dual colors are recommended for the candles. Please click on the blue arrow located at the bottom of the dot grid, to view the animation.