is an ancient ephemeral art
form practiced throughout India and is also known as alpana,
aripoma, or kolam. It is a timeless
tradition and forms an essential part of festive
celebrations in India and is an important aspect of Diwali, the festival of
lights. The Sanskrit
term was coined from the word ‘rang’ meaning color and ‘avalli’ meaning row.
ancient symbols have been passed down through the ages, from one generation to
the next, keeping both the art form and the tradition alive.
are drawn on the ground, usually with chalk or colored powder and embellished
with sand, rice, lentils, candles or flower petals during the Hindu festivals.
The fine powder is held pinched between the thumb and the index finger and
sprinkled delicately by maneuvering the hand skillfully to draw lines. When the
powder is released more freely, a layered color is filled in.
In-house florist Prakash Negi along with his talented team has designed this wonderful
piece of art with enormous efforts andcreativity. The rice were soaked in organic colors like
orange, blue, yellow, red and green, then kept to dry over a period 10 days
before they could be used for the Rangoli. It took close to six hours to
complete this intricate design made from rice.
Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, Rangolis are bedecked with oil lamps or
diyas and bright patterns are drawn to welcome the Goddess of
wealth, Lakshmi to enter and
bring with her positivity and prosperity.
designs always look complicated. The negativity that is in the air gets entangled
in the complexity of the Rangoli design and fails to enter the house. Hence Rangolis
absorb evil and prevent negativity from harming us. They also remind us to keep
thinking positively, so that we can make our lives prosperous.”
Hence, the Rangoli is not only drawn to welcome
Goddess Lakshmi, but is also looked upon as a symbol of extending a warm
welcome to our guests. According to traditional customs and beliefs in India, a
guest is always considered equivalent to God, ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’, Rangoli is
an epitome of this concept.
On this auspicious festival, may the glow of joy,
prosperity and happiness illuminate you life. Happy Diwali.
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