paDi kOlam

jkmrao's picture

This is a computer aided paDi kOlam. Please comment.
Regards! - mOhana

Rangoli: paDi kOlam


Lata's picture

It is beautiful! I think this is THE FIRST padi kolam made by a man (as far as I know)! Smile
I’m sorry if my comment sounded discriminatory, but, I grew up in a household where men “were not supposed to” make kolams!

I hope my younger (and only) brother takes a moment to check it out, and realize…

aarushik's picture

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?

Lata's picture

Those are flowers Aarushi, looks like Marigold to me.

ashanagendra's picture

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.

rajamma_2's picture

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.

ashanagendra's picture

Rajam ma'm ,thankyou for the explanation.very intresting & nice to know about what this particular kind of kolam signifies .

preethirajaganesh's picture

very beautiful design rao. like some sri chakras. step by step triangles. looks bright and colourful.

lakshmiraghu's picture

mOhanaji excelent rangoli ,I like it.Asha yes, u said it rightly.

Sumathi.v's picture

Feast to the Eyes you always come out with unique concepts. Your explanations are so informative and educative

jayamohan's picture

We can name this a 'geometric padi rangoli'!

jkmrao's picture

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

pudhu's picture

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?