Thursday, August 15, 2013


Vara Lakshmi Vratam Special

This is 21 dots-3 rows to 3- straight dots. I have kept it very simple and easy. Hope you like it. 

The Kalasam (pot with mango leaves and coconut) is used in the Vratam or ritual. So I drew that. The pots can be coloured using free flowing colours or coloured sand. The rest of the Rangoli can be drawn directly using coloured powders/sand, instead of drawing and filling up it with colours, to save time.

I have used yellow, green, orange red and terracotta colours as this is an auspicious occasion. However, a touch of blue has been given, to break the brightness of the other colours.

I kept it simple because, I don't want to spend much time on the Rangoli tomorrow. There is lots and lots to be done in the kitchen(cooking, sweets, savories and other snacks) and also the Puja. The decoration of the Goddess Lakshmi itself takes so much time. It is ok, if there are other women or girls in the house to help. But doing all this single handedly is tiresome. This requires, lots of energy and time. Though I have created elaborate and big designs, I posted this, as I feel it is difficult to draw these on the D-Day as there will be no time. 

Wishing you all a happy Vara Lakshmi Vratam and I pray that all of us and our families are blessed by the Goddess with, Health Wealth, Peace, Prosperity and Happiness.....

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Independence Day Special

Here is the Rangoli specially for Independence Day. This can also be used for Republic Day
Center is 13 dots-5 rows. Leave four dots on either side and place 5 dots 4 rows. Join as shown and colour. Those who don't have much space like in flats can draw the center part-Flag with Diyas. That is 5X5 block. 
 This is 13X13 block. 
The Flags on all four sides have been added extra. 5x4 dots-5dots four the center(leaving four on each side. I have added these flags as I thought the 13X13 block was small. 

So friends, pick up the one which suits you and draw it tomorrow. 

Wishing You All Happy Independence Day

Watch out for the Sravana Lakshmi Puja Special Rangoli.....

Monday, August 12, 2013


Sravana Maasam Special 

This Rangoli, I have specially created for the Puja in the month of Sraavana or Saawan. But can be used for Lakshmi Puja, or any other Puja. 

Kalash, Swastika, and Lotus or water lilies liked by the Goddess Lakshmi and Gowri worshiped during this month. So I have used these motifs. Kalash is decorated with mango leaves and coconut as you can see. 

The dots used are 21 ti 1 straight dots. You can place one dot extra on all sides for the tip of the coconut. I have not placed that is why 21 dots. 

Have a closer look at the Rangoli.

Watch out for more.....

Sunday, August 11, 2013


Sravana Maasam or the month of Saawan is very special for us Indians. The North Indians worship Lord Shiva through out the month. Mondays are especially considered as auspicious for worshiping Lord Shiva. 

South Indians- on Tuesdays; married women worship Goddess Gauri (Consort of Lord Shiva), for longevity of their husbands, and well being of their children, in-laws, whole family, unmarried women for marriage to a good husband-in all a good family life. On Fridays- mainly the one before the full moon , all women worship Goddess Lakshmi for health, wealth, prosperity and well being of the family. 

The puja done on Friday is known as Vara Lakshmi Vratam. The Goddess Lakshmi is made by hand and decorated with silks and jewellery. Each house has its own tradition of how to make this. Women compete with each other to make their creation of the Goddess beautiful and special. 

Here is one which I decorated in one of the previous years:

So for celebrating this occasion I have been creating some new Rangolis.

Since we use Kalash(a gold or silver pot shaped vessel with a coconut on the top) in the prayers, I have used that as the main motif for my Rangolis for this month. So I will first post how I drew it. 

This is the basic pot structure I have used. I kept it simple as filling colour in the final design will be difficult. You can see the number of dots, how they are placed and how a pot is drawn using these dots.
This is one way of decorating the pot. There are many other ways which I will be posting in my next posts. 
This is pot with a coconut placed on a pot. This is known as Kalash. I have given just the basic one

I will also be posting variations of it. Look out for Rangolis for specially for the puja performed during the month of sravana.

OH! By the way this single Kalash motif can be drawn before the Puja mandir. This can be drawn for Lakshmi puja as well as the Puja done during Dasherah or other occassions.