This is a computer aided paDi kOlam. Please comment.
Regards! - mOhana
Sun, 2009-03-22 15:24
It is beautiful! I think this is THE FIRST padi kolam made by a man (as far as I know)!
Iâ€™m sorry if my comment sounded discriminatory, but, I grew up in a household where men â€œwere not supposed toâ€ make kolams!
I hope my younger (and only) brother takes a moment to check it out, and realizeâ€¦
Sun, 2009-03-22 15:49
Nice use of geometric shapes! Everything is so well-defined and vivid! If I may ask, is the yellow powder in the four circles supposed to be symbolic of something in Indian art and culture?
Sun, 2009-03-22 15:51
Those are flowers Aarushi, looks like Marigold to me.
Sun, 2009-03-22 22:24
mOhanaji, its very beautiful!every morning before making tea i make sure to open ikolam site first and see what's new .daily there are so many innovative creations of our friends &especially its you sir,we are learning many things from you and thankyou for that.
Sun, 2009-03-22 22:57
mOhanaji, your computer padikolam is "Kannukku nalla virundhu". we call this type of kolam as "Kanyaa Kolam" also.They have a devine look.
May be it symbolises temples...The outer square(THe outer Praahaaram) with 4 entances, marked by the triangles, then the inner Praharam,(the inner square) then inside the Garbagraham (defined by a simple kolam with Alankaarams) and in the centre the BINDHU the ALMIGHTY.
Sun, 2009-03-22 23:41
Rajam ma'm ,thankyou for the explanation.very intresting & nice to know about what this particular kind of kolam signifies .
Mon, 2009-03-23 00:32
very beautiful design rao. like some sri chakras. step by step triangles. looks bright and colourful.
Mon, 2009-03-23 01:24
mOhanaji excelent rangoli ,I like it.Asha yes, u said it rightly.
Mon, 2009-03-23 01:27
Feast to the Eyes you always come out with unique concepts. Your explanations are so informative and educative
Mon, 2009-03-23 04:58
We can name this a 'geometric padi rangoli'!
Tue, 2009-03-24 12:37
The moment rAjammAjI mentioned the relationship between the paDi kOlam and the
temple, I remembered the architecture of Borobudur in Indonesia. It is Buddhist
in nature and of mAhAyAna origin. It is also an evidence of the Indian architectural
glory. Today it is a UN world heritage monument. The picture may be viewed at
This is like a three-dimensional paDi kOlam!
Regards! - mOhana
Thu, 2010-12-30 16:46
Rajamma ma'am, & Mohana sir.... your comments are helpful in understanding about padi kolams. Having read a bit a bit on sacred geometry, I also felt the patterns in most padi kolams suggestive of traditional temple plans and yantras. From the little browsing I did, I figure, padi kolams have padis= steps- and hence use parallel lines, and a traditional kaavi outline.
Are there other features that identify a padi kolam?
Is kanya kolam another name for padi kolam?
Were the "Kuzhals" (the perforated tubes) introduced to make the drawing of the parralel lines of padi kolams simpler?