Diwali Rangoli 2015: Rangoli art is an adornment that has different names in India, “Rangoli ” in Karnataka,”chaookpurna” in Chattisgarh, “Aripan” in Bihar, “Alpana” in Bengal, “Maudana” in Rajasthan, “Sanskar Bharti” in Maharashtra, “Kolam” in Tamil Nadu, Muggulu in Andhra Pradesh. So just as the names, designs also vary as per the regions.
In the middle of India mainly in Chattisgarh, Rangoli is called Chaook and in generally drawn at the entrance of the house.They use dried rice flour or other forms of dust powder.
Rangoli is considered auspicious as it signifies showering of good luck and prosperity on the house and in the family. Generally women get up early in the morning and clean the area outside the entrance of their houses with cow dung and sprinkle water and draw the chaook in Maharashtra.
Diwali Rangoli 2015
Rangoli’s are drawn on the doors of home so that the evil forces attempting to enter are repelled. The most important elements of Rangoli is “Utswdhernita”, for their auspicious symbols are selected.
Traditionally, each new generation learns the art and thus a family sustain the tradition intact.
The second element of Rangoli is incoming material. Material which is easily available everywhere. Therefore, the art rich-poor is prevalent in all homes. Major ingredients use to make Rangoli is pice rice solution, dried powder made from the leaves colour, charcoal, burned soil, wood sawdust etc.
The third important element is the background for rangoli. It should be a clean floor or a wall where it has to be made. Rangoli yard in the middle, corner, or as a bell is created around. Hospitality and tourism have also had its effect and it has been commercially developed. Rangoli is drawn for welcoming the guest in Indian traditional way.
Nowadays Rangoli art is getting its own importance in school, colleges, office, institutions and many other. During Diwali celebration, rangoli making has become a tradition to rejuvenate festival.
Schools, colleges and institutions has started organizing rangoli competitions to celebrate Diwali festival and also to intact our tradition. Students use Rice, Dried flour, Flower petals, Turmeric(Haldi), vermilion(sindoor) and colour sand, even normally Rangoli colours are also easily available at your nearest market.
Making of Rangoli outside our homes has its own beliefs and faith.
In India, Rangoli creators are also found in Hindu Mythology. Rangoli is legend such as in “Ramayana” at Sita’s wedding pavilion, where the discussion refers to Rangoli.
Cultural development of Rangoli in the south originated in the era of the “Chola Rulers”. The designs were usually inspired by nature.
The importance of Rangoli on Diwali is to impress and to welcome “Goddess Ma Laxmi”. Prayers are offered to her asking for her blessings in the form of wealth. In Bihar, Goddess of the wealth “Laxmi’s” footprints are made with the help of making hand fist on the doorstep pointing it towards the entrance of the house.
Diwali would be incomplete without traditional Rangoli as it is a tradition of our Indian Hindu families and a time for “Togetherness”.