Origin of Rangoli

Rangoli is originated from the Sanskrit word ‘rangavalli’. It is a combination of two words Rang can be referred as colors and Holi can be referred as celebration. So, Rangoli is an artistic festivity of colors. There are different names for Rangoli in different regions of India. In TamilNadu it is termed as Kolam, likewise Mandana in Rajasthan, Chowkpurana in Chhattisgarh, Alpana in West Bengal, Aripana in Bihar, Chowk pujan in Uttar Pradesh, Muggu in Andhra Pradesh, Golam kolam or kalam in Kerala and so on.

History of Rangoli

Rangoli was made first time at the time of Chitralakshana. During that period, son of the King’s highest priest had passed away and Lord Brahma asked him to draw a portrait of the boy, which was an exact replica of the boy. This was the first time the Rangoli design was made.

In Ramayana, Ayodhya people painted Rangoli designs to welcome Lord Rama back after fourteen years of migration in the forest. In Mahabharata, this form had been used by the Gopis in their free time. It helped them rejuvenate their mind and ease away the pain of separation from Lord Krishna.

Significance of Rangoli

Rangoli plays a very vital role in Indian tradition. The purpose of Rangoli is an adornment, and it is believed to bring good luck. Sometimes different shapes, colors define different rituals in Indian culture. Some people make it on special events or festivals. Oil lamps (diyas) would be positioned in the rangoli to give it yet another dimension. Using colors artistically can turn a simple design into a beautiful design.

Important Tips for Rangoli:

  1. Select a design that you want to draw various sources like books magazines, internet or it can be your own design. If you want to make a design of your own, first draw it on paper and fill in the design with coloured sketch pens or any other colors to get a rough idea about how the rangoli will look.
  2. Clean the floor (where you want to make the rangoli) with a wet cloth and wait for the area to dry.
  3. Take a piece of chalk and draw the outline of the rangoli design.
  4. Fill in the outline with rangoli powder is the most challenging part of the design. Take some powder with the help of thumb and index finger and fill in the design through rubbing the two fingers together and sprinkling the powder on the outline. Be careful at the time of sprinkling and it should not cover any extra areas. Focus should be only on the outlining.
  5. Start the process from the center and move outwards.
  6. You can create spaces within the rangoli design to place diyas for lighting. You could also use flower petals of different colors to add an extra dimension to your design.
  7. With a little bit of imagination, aesthetic sense and patience, you can create your own piece of art.