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Merry Christmas Poinsettia Rangoli
Created by Lata on 2005-12-19,

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.

Crosses and candles christmas rangoli with poinsettia
Created by Lata on 2005-12-19,

During Christmas, people decorate their homes and places of worship (be it an altar at home or church) with strikingly beautiful patterns of kolams.

The following Christmas kolam is a symmetrical design which consists of four crosses and four candles with a touch of poinsettia in the middle. It is mostly made with lines and a few simple loops.

The grid of dots for this kolam has the following number of dots: the horizontal middle chunk has 4 rows of 18 dots each. There are 2 parallel rows above that middle chunk which have 8 dots each, and that is topped with 5 parallel rows of 4 dots each. There are 2 parallel rows below the middle chunk which have 8 dots each, and that is followed by 5 parallel rows of 4 dots each (one row below the other).

This design looks very beautiful when colored with the traditional bright colors of Christmas like red, green and gold.
Please click on the blue arrow located at the bottom of the dot grid, to view the animation.

Karthigai deepam rangoli
Created by Lata on 2005-11-13,

Please click on the blue arrow at the bottom left corner to see the strokes.

Hanuman kolam
Created by Lata on 2005-10-21,

Hanuman- The monkey god

Hanuman is a god of supernatural powers, who posseses great health and amazing strength, wit and wisdom. He has the body of a human and monkey, that symbolizes his extraordinary strength and agility. His physical strength, enriched by supernatural powers, was given to him by birth and blessings of Lord Rama for Hanuman's selfless service and devotion. He represents a life of service to God. He is praised for his devotion, ability to help and serve. We worship Hanumanji with offerings of butter, sandalwood paste and a mala (garland) of dal vadas (fried lentil patties).

Hanuman kolam is drawn in the pooja room to invoke the blessings of Lord Hanuman. The mountain here represents your problems, which get driven away by Lord Hanuman. After drawing the Hanuman kolam, devotees chant the Hanuman shlokas.

Aiswarya kolam
Created by Lata on 2005-10-17,

There are some special kolams which are only drawn in front of deities in pooja rooms (places of worship). Such kolams have some significance with a particular form of a deity, for instance - the Aiswarya kolam is drawn in the pooja room to obtain prosperity in the form of wealth/monetary gains. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped for wealth and prosperity.

In the aiswarya kolam, after all the triangular shapes are drawn, it is customary to place coins in all the corners along with some vermillion/turmeric.
Please click on the blue button located at the bottom of the design to animate it.

The Blue star rangoli for hanukkah
Created by Lata on 2005-10-13,

For Hanukkah.

Dotted Kolam 11 - 1
Created by Lata on 2005-05-12,

Please click on the blue arrow located at the bottom of the dot grid, to view the animation.

Knot of eternity kolam
Created by Lata on 2005-05-12,

The Knot of Eternity or Endless Knot symbolizes the inter-relatedness of all things and the endless interaction between wisdom and compassion. It can also be interpreted as a symbol of longevity, Eternal or the "knot of life".

girls kolam
Created by Lata on 2004-01-13,
This is a dotted kolam (connected dots).
Vilakku kolam - Lamp dotted Kolam
Created by Lata on 2004-01-13,

Please click on the blue arrow at the bottom of the image, to see the animation.

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