Rangoli KolamRangolis form an integral part of festival celebrations all over India. Rangolis make use of colors in a very creative way. The Rangolis are drawn by young girls, boys and the women on important festivals as well as auspicious days. Diwali is one of the most important festivals celebrated in India falls in the beginning of Winter every year. The festival of lights and colours as it is referred to is incomplete in India without the traditional Rangolis being a part of it.

Rangoli is not just created on the floor but can also be created on the walls. The word Rangoli has its origin from the word Rangaavali where Rang means colour in Hindi and the word aavail stands for a row of colours. The origin of Rangoli can be dated thousands of years back because it finds its mention in many manuscripts as well. The Rangolis are typically drawn outside the homes of people and outside temples and buildings. They are drawn outside pooja (prayer) halls and even in the balconies.

Ganesha Rangoli DesignThey are considered to be auspicious and lucky at the time of festivals. They are drawn to appease Gods and Goddesses. Specially at the time of the festival of Diwali, the Rangoli is drawn to appease Goddess Lakshmi, who is considered to be the Goddess of Wealth by the Hindus. The Rangolis are a form of showcasing the hospitality which the Indians have to all visitors who come to their houses at the time of festivals.

The colorful designs can be of different shapes. They generally have geometric shapes as the backdrop and are filled with various colours. The Rangolis are drawn by young girls and women. The Rangolis are known by different names all over the country. In the state of West Bengal, the Rangoli is referred to as Alpana. Kolam is the name given to it in the state of Tamil Nadu. In other parts of India, it may be called by different names, but technically the concept behind the Rangoli stays the same all over the country.

You do not have to be a Painter or an Artist to be able to draw Rangolis. There are stencils, instruction lists and designs available which any beginner can use. Creativity is an important aspect of drawing a Rangoli, because you let your ideas and feelings drawn on to the floor in front of you. The Rangolis are usually made with rice powder which can be of different colours. The Rangolis are drawn with great enthusiasm by young people.

Rangoli ArtThere are numerous Rangoli competitions held in India wherein people participate with great fervour. The Rangolis have become a part and parcel of festival celebrations and foreign tourists are awe struck at the creative marvels of these Rangolis which are made. The Rangolis may vary from an area of a few square centimeters to rangolis that cover the area of large halls. Intricate colour patterns, symmetrical as well as asyymetrical designs form a very important part of Rangolis.

40 Responses to "Rangoli"

  • i like rangoli……………i just want to see it

    1 rohit said this (September 12, 2009 at 3:32 am)


    2 QAZY said this (October 10, 2009 at 10:09 am)

  • Rangolis are part of tradition in India. It’s not just auspicious during festivals but also at all the times. Usually Women Clean the palce in front of the house and draw rangoli. It’s believed that Rangolis destroy all the evils and protect home.

    3 Rangoli Chittara said this (October 12, 2009 at 1:56 pm)

  • i want to see all type of Rangoli design

    4 Rupali Gaikwad said this (October 28, 2009 at 6:43 pm)

  • What’s up? just browsing around and dropping you a note to say that I enjoyed your Blog. Keep up with the good work!

    5 Mark Antonini said this (November 17, 2009 at 8:52 pm)

  • its really good. but still i am not yet satisfied with this. these are really common and nothing is different over here

    6 preethi said this (January 3, 2010 at 3:21 am)

  • HI this is rangoli…You do not have to be a Painter or an Artist to be able to draw Rangolis.

    7 rangolidesigns said this (February 15, 2010 at 6:40 am)

  • show all designs nice 1

    8 tiya said this (July 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm)

  • i like new type of RANGOLI. pls send/mail me new disins . can i send yo my patterns

    9 wanita pawan heda said this (August 13, 2010 at 7:35 am)

  • I like ragoli. send it more

    10 rajalakshmi said this (August 23, 2010 at 11:23 am)

  • hallo i am rangoli artist any body want to see design send me ur email account dongre_yogesh@yahoo.com

    11 yogesh dongre said this (September 16, 2010 at 4:31 pm)

  • i like rangoli its full of colours its teach us importance of colours in our life . i make rangoli on every diwali wth different styles n colour i mix my each colour in rice so its spread nicely n lukng grace ful

    12 juhi chawla said this (October 17, 2010 at 8:58 am)

  • Ilke the all above shwn here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all are good one

    13 Deepti sharma said this (October 19, 2010 at 2:45 am)

  • need dotted ragoli designs more n it should be very simple as wel attractive. The collection of ragoli is very good thank you

    14 shilpa said this (October 19, 2010 at 6:22 am)

  • hi this is shilpa
    need some more dotted desing ragoli. it should be very simple as well as attractive. the collection of ragoli design is good thank you

    15 shilpa said this (October 19, 2010 at 6:25 am)

  • can you send me some dotted ragoli desin to my mail

    16 shilpa said this (October 19, 2010 at 6:27 am)

  • I like new type of RANGOLI. pls send/mail me new disigns

    17 pooja heda said this (October 21, 2010 at 7:34 am)

  • great rangolis…. pls mail me some new designs as well!!!!

    18 Riya said this (October 29, 2010 at 3:57 pm)

  • Pls. Send me a letest oilpaint rangoli

    19 Ketu said this (November 1, 2010 at 7:39 am)

  • plz will you send me some rangoli designslike dotted,flower rangoli..etc pease..

    20 Raji said this (November 1, 2010 at 12:03 pm)

  • can u send me some rangoli designs like dotted,flower rangoli anythimg please..

    21 Raji said this (November 1, 2010 at 12:04 pm)

  • Rangoli like a life
    Rango bhari
    isko dekh kar jine k dil karta hai or deewali maanane k bhi dil karta hai

    22 shilpa suryavanshi said this (November 2, 2010 at 6:23 am)

  • i like ur designs of rangoli

    23 avantika goel said this (November 2, 2010 at 8:06 am)

  • i m very much interested in drawing rangolis

    24 reeja said this (November 27, 2010 at 10:14 am)

  • i got first price in rangoli in my street i have came in newspaper…………………………….

    25 kaavya said this (December 17, 2010 at 1:05 pm)

  • i like to draw rangoli…………………………………………..?

    26 kaavya said this (December 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm)

  • Rangolis make our culture more rich and beautiful!

    27 rangoli said this (August 23, 2011 at 6:28 pm)

  • Good collection of rangoli, great designs i really like it. I was surfing a lot to find such kind of designs.
    great work
    Please keep it up.
    upload some more designs.

    28 Nitin Kothari said this (August 29, 2011 at 10:12 am)

  • please send me latest design of rangoli as well as soon

    29 monika sharma said this (September 24, 2011 at 5:36 am)

  • I love to see rangoli designs particularly traditional designs.The site is a good platform for Rangoli lovers.

    30 chandra said this (November 1, 2011 at 7:48 am)

  • i love to make rangoli as it is way to learn to fill colour

    31 umra said this (November 29, 2011 at 4:03 pm)

  • Any rangoli maker from Rajasthan please mail me.

    32 Nayan said this (January 31, 2012 at 5:06 pm)

  • i want some physics based rangoli designs.can you help me?

    33 kavi said this (February 17, 2012 at 6:13 am)


    34 baby said this (April 11, 2012 at 4:39 am)

  • can you please email rangoli or kolam designs-floral or anything.dots,diyas etc

    35 ms.ramyasola said this (June 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm)


    36 ARIBA said this (August 23, 2012 at 5:15 am)


    37 S.ARIBA KHAN said this (August 23, 2012 at 5:21 am)

  • cool fantastic

    38 champy said this (November 1, 2012 at 6:23 am)

  • hi this s subha ,i need rangoli booklet ,can you help me

    39 subha said this (May 22, 2013 at 8:07 am)

  • hi, can you pls email some rangoli designs on modern pattern ..

    40 shalini said this (September 28, 2013 at 7:27 am)

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