Rangoli contest -1st Tirthankara shree Rushabhdev and his symbol- the bull

Sandeep's picture
About Rangoli contest -1st Tirthankara shree Rushabhdev and his symbol- the bull:

Entered for diwali rangoli contest 2008.
I call this type of Rangoli a picture rangoli or shaded rangoli. It has a Jain theme, with a statue of 1st Tirthankara shree Rushabhdev and his symbol is the bull. It does look almost like a picture in the photograph.

The powders used are finely ground white marble (in Gujarati it is called CHIROLI) and finely sifted river sand and rubber colours used in industries. To colour the white marble I have used Cloth dyes (like Dylon) and food colours. The rubber colours are available in Kenya at indian shops. Marble & Sand colours are used in the figurative work and shading. The rubber colours are used in making the finer "abhla" the mirror work on the Toranas (or chadar) of the Bulls amd the Blue Green backround. I have very fine netting to spread large amounts of colour evenly and the shading. Used credit cards were used to do the shaping of the required figure work. Small funnels (available from shops that sell laboratary equipment) were used to put dots and circles and sometimes outlining colours.

In the end I have put gltter to compliment the shine in the marble powder

I hope this summary helps in understanding

It took me almost 20 evenings to do this rangoli.

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Rangoli: Rangoli contest -1st Tirthankara shree Rushabhdev and his symbol-  the bull


nkim's picture

Wow...this looks amazing! The details and shadows are really intricate. Wonder how long this would have taken. I have come across similar work and some of the process that goes into making this kind of rangoli. Please write about the process and details about this rangoli when you can.

iyer_prabha's picture

so divine and serene.This is what we need for mental healing

viji_j86's picture

Fantastic work.

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pavan kashyap's picture

very good tell me the procedure pls

pari_swetha's picture

no words to praise.excellent

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arathi_s's picture

excelent one

Deepa70's picture

Fantastic work.

rishy08's picture

Absolutely fabulous.. I can't believe this is Rangoli.. This is the best so far

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shisri266's picture

it's awesome!!! just can't believe it's a rangoli.please explain the procedure .where did u get the colors???
how long did it take for u to finish?? it is really superb !!! lots of patience needed.

jayamohan's picture

Looks extremely professional!
Close to a painting!

lakshmiraghu's picture

no words to praise.excellent

azhagarasi's picture


it almost looks like a painting...hats off to you for putting so much detail and time into this wonderful rangoli!

darshanamoola's picture

amazing, just no words to explain how beautiful it is.
wish i could see u putting one on, and learn from u.

leenakrishna's picture

This is so amazing! Please tell us how long it took you to make this. The thoran hanging on the bulls look like they are real...how did you achieve shadows? I've never seen a rangoli this beautiful before.

yss's picture

Wow, wonderful...... looks like a painting with all the colour effects. Kindly let me know whats the significance of this rangoli... i.e. Buddha with the cows?

Yashoda Shivashankar

Meena Venkataraman's picture

Very natural ... excelent

lakshmiraghu's picture

Sandeep Congratulations

alameluranganath's picture

very very beautiful no words to say. my hearty congrats

Anjna's picture

I have been the fortunate one to see this piece of art in person. It is truly an amazing piece of art, depicting the Jain Tirthankar Rshabdev with two bulls. The work is extremely intricate and the creators have paid attention to minor details. I know that it took them number of weeks to put it together. Congratulations and we look forward to seeing these wonderful Diwali creations.


Lata's picture

Hi Anjna, you are lucky indeed! I've never seen anything like this while growing up in India. I have a question to ask...after spending so much effort and time to create such rangolis, how do the creators go about erasing it afterward? It must be difficult/ a bit sad to see it getting washed off...

Sandeep's picture

Jambo Lata

Well its done on a board and kept on a coffee table in a corner. Surrounding it are big artifacts so that people can view it from an arms length. Most children have been warned by thier mothers to see it from far. After a while dust will settle on it and become dull and then I'll ask someone else to pick it up while I'm not around.

God creates very intelegent men & women but at some point in time they all go similarily this creation will make place for a new one by next Diwali.

Sandeep K P Malde

Lata's picture

Ever since the first time I saw it, apart from thinking how realistic it looked, I couldn't help thinking about what happens (naturally)to any rangoli after the event is over. To tell you the truth, I'm glad to know that this rangoli has a chance to be "there" for approximately an year. Here's a thought...the next time you make such a masterpiece, please also have a glass-covered case, so you could save this for an even longer duration (I think I'm starting to deviate from the very meaning of rangoli...I'll stop for now)

venkyvidya's picture

excellent work awesome beautiful..any more words in dictonary to describe the work..plz add it...keep it up excellent job amazing

ashanagendra's picture

wow! this rangoli is THE MASTERPIECE you mentioned that it took 20 evenings to do this. your hard work&patience must be appreciated .

Nanhi's picture

fantastic creation. ofcourse such art definitely requires patience. I am sure you'd be blessed to come out with such a creation. wonderfully divine

rk's picture

Sandeep, congratulations! This is THE BEST rangoli here or anywhere else I have seen frankly!!! I am a painter and I thought this is a painting! I did my Diwali rangoli this year by first using dots and drawing but ended up painting to fill the large areas using outdoor patio paint. Not sure if that still qualifies to be authentic rangoli? Thanks also for sharing all the materials you have used, I am SO inspired to try something like this with similar materials I could perhaps find in US craft stores. God has certainly blessed with wonderful talent, keep it up!

Lata's picture

Hi rk, nice to know that you ended up creating a fusion-rangoli. Well, fusion or authentic, please bring it on to the table for all of us to enjoy Smile
Don't tell me you didn't click it...all artists take pics of almost all of their works (be it a finished product or the "work in progress".

rk's picture

Sandeepji, may I ask if you drew an outline of the entire design before filling it in?

Sandeep's picture

Dear rk ji
Because it was a big rangoli about 4ft x 2-1/2ft I had drwn gridlines to guide and all the figurea were drawn out by crayons. however sometimes one would need to change as the rangoli progresses

Sandeep K P Malde

sreevalli's picture

Great appeal to the eyes and color combination is excellent .Drawing it on the ground must have been a difficult task. It needs special skills . You have Gods' grace and coupled with your hardwork, the end result is beyond words.
May god give you more energy and zeal for making more beautiful rangolis,enriching our culture and adding spiritual hues for the ever inquisitive minds.



Jimraa's picture

fantastic work yaar - I could only dream of doing that. You have a lot of patients to do that.

G.Padmavathi's picture

It's outstanding. Congratulations.

Sandeep's picture

Dear all

I thank you all for all your kind words of appreciation and encouragement. I hope that a number of people will try out some of my ideas to add a bit of spice into thier kolams and rangolis. (I like traditional ones very much but I also think we can always improve) I have learnt a lot from looking at the other rangolis.

Sandeep K P Malde

Dhruksha's picture

Great work Sandeep. Congratulations. I can imagine you working on it.

Kumaresan PC's picture

Wow...edu...kolamillla.....Oviyam....Drishti.sutthi podunga

Sandeep's picture

Dear Kumaresan PC

Thank you for your exclamation, I'm sorry I do not understand any S. Indian languages

Sandeep K P Malde

Lata's picture

Sandeepji, Mr.Kumerasan has commented in Tamil, he says that this rangoli is not a kolam but an art/a masterpiece! So, aap iski (rangoliki) nazar uthariye!