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Crosses and candles christmas rangoli with poinsettia
Created by Lata on 2005-12-19,

During Christmas, people decorate their homes and places of worship (be it an altar at home or church) with strikingly beautiful patterns of kolams.

The following Christmas kolam is a symmetrical design which consists of four crosses and four candles with a touch of poinsettia in the middle. It is mostly made with lines and a few simple loops.

The grid of dots for this kolam has the following number of dots: the horizontal middle chunk has 4 rows of 18 dots each. There are 2 parallel rows above that middle chunk which have 8 dots each, and that is topped with 5 parallel rows of 4 dots each. There are 2 parallel rows below the middle chunk which have 8 dots each, and that is followed by 5 parallel rows of 4 dots each (one row below the other).

This design looks very beautiful when colored with the traditional bright colors of Christmas like red, green and gold.
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Sree Devi kataksham / Lakshmi Kadaksham
Created by Lata on 2005-11-16,

This is a kolam drawn in pooja rooms to honour Sree Devi. Auspicious symbols like "Om" are written in the middle of the kolam with turmeric powder and vermillion. The following Devi mantra is also chanted while worshipping the goddess.

Sarva Mangala Maangallyey,
Shivey Sarvaartha Saadhikey,
Sharanyey Thriyambakey gauri,
Narayanee Namosthuthey.
Aayur Dehi, Dhanam Dehi,
Vidhyam Dehi, Maheswari.
Samastha Mahilam Dehi,
Dehimey Parameshwari.

Karthigai deepam rangoli
Created by Lata on 2005-11-13,

Please click on the blue arrow at the bottom left corner to see the strokes.

Hanuman kolam
Created by Lata on 2005-10-21,

Hanuman- The monkey god

Hanuman is a god of supernatural powers, who posseses great health and amazing strength, wit and wisdom. He has the body of a human and monkey, that symbolizes his extraordinary strength and agility. His physical strength, enriched by supernatural powers, was given to him by birth and blessings of Lord Rama for Hanuman's selfless service and devotion. He represents a life of service to God. He is praised for his devotion, ability to help and serve. We worship Hanumanji with offerings of butter, sandalwood paste and a mala (garland) of dal vadas (fried lentil patties).

Hanuman kolam is drawn in the pooja room to invoke the blessings of Lord Hanuman. The mountain here represents your problems, which get driven away by Lord Hanuman. After drawing the Hanuman kolam, devotees chant the Hanuman shlokas.

Kubera kolam
Created by Lata on 2005-10-21,

Kubera - "God of wealth"

Kubera is the god of wealth and god's treasurer. Kubera watches over the earth's storehouse of all jewels, gold, silver, and the nine Nidhis (special treasures). We worship him to attain wealth and prosperity. Kubera kolam is drawn in the pooja room to obtain prosperity. Red color flowers are considered auspicious for Kubera.

Aiswarya kolam
Created by Lata on 2005-10-17,

There are some special kolams which are only drawn in front of deities in pooja rooms (places of worship). Such kolams have some significance with a particular form of a deity, for instance - the Aiswarya kolam is drawn in the pooja room to obtain prosperity in the form of wealth/monetary gains. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped for wealth and prosperity.

In the aiswarya kolam, after all the triangular shapes are drawn, it is customary to place coins in all the corners along with some vermillion/turmeric.
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Jyothi rangoli
Created by Lata on 2005-10-17,

Deepavali, also known as Diwali, is celebrated by the hindus world-wide. The word "Deepa" means "light" and "avali" means "a row", which makes Deepavali the "festival of light". Traditional Rangoli motifs adorn the frontyards and entryways of every house. People light earthen lamps called "diya" on this day and thank Goddess Lakshmi for the wealth and happiness that she has bestowed upon them. On this day, people visit friends and relatives and also exchange gifts and sweets. Diwali teaches us to drive away the ignorance, the darkness around us and to uphold the true values of life. This Rangoli pattern shown here is an example for anyone who wants to make a Rangoli. After the outlines are drawn, the rangoli is colored with bright powdered dyes/colored sand.

Twirly rangoli
Created by Lata on 2005-10-16,

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Diyas rangoli
Created by Lata on 2005-10-16,

Deepavali / Diwali is celebrated by the hindus world-wide. The word "Deep" means light and "avali" means "a row" which makes Deepavali the "festival of lights". Traditional Rangoli motifs adorn the frontyards and entryways of every house. People light earthen lamps called "diya" on this day and thank the goddess for the wealth and happiness that she has bestowed upon them. On this day, people visit friends and relatives and also exchange gifts and sweets. Diwali teaches us to drive away the ignorance, the darkness around us and to uphold the true values of life. This Rangoli pattern shown here is easy for anyone who wants to make a Rangoli. It has 6 rows of dots altogether and in each row there are 6 dots. The finished design has 4 "diyas" or the clay lamps pointing in different directions. After the outlines are drawn, the diyas are colored with bright colors.

The Blue star rangoli for hanukkah
Created by Lata on 2005-10-13,

For Hanukkah.

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