Rangoli is derived from the Sanskrut word ‘rangavalli’. Rangoli is an art which precedes sculpture and painting. It is both an auspicious and a preliminary necessity in any religious ritual. It is a custom to draw rangoli at the site of any auspicious religious ritual such as a holy festival, a religious festival, an auspicious function like wedding, ritualistic worship, a vowed religious observance, etc. Rangoli are essentials of Diwali. Mostly Rangolis are drawn with white stone powder, Chalk, sand, Rice flour, charcol, colored powders are also used. There are large variety of alternatives that can used to make rangoli designs.
Lets talk about some of the material which we easily find at our homes this Diwali.
Also, get to know the spiritual significance of Rangoli to make your Diwali pious.
1. Coloured Rice
Soak the rice first in warm water for an hour or two then grind it to fine texture .
You can also colour rice at home using food colours.
Wet the food colour powder with a few drops of water and rub the rice in it till it is uniformly coloured.
(Do not forget to wear gloves to protect your hands from getting coloured)
Dry the rice on paper before use. If the rice is not completely dry it may leave coloured stains on the floor.
2. Coloured Suzi/Rawa/Cream of Wheat
Nice grains, harder than saw dust easy to spread should be the key words but it does not mix too well with colours.it looks bouncier than colours – thus may give a slightly whitish haze. But good part is it is hygroscopic.
**If you want the rangoli to stay longer than a day this is a good medium to use.
3. Fabric or Poster Colours
Fabric or poster colour mixed with chalk powder.
Mix a small amount of colour with chalk powder.
Apply it with brush on the floor.
It just looks like painting on floor not a traditional form of rangoli , but it is scores over as it is very easy and is relatively permanent in nature.
Every year after holi we tend to save colours for rangoli. Gulaal are always evergreen in market too. For rangoli colour all we need to do is mix gulaal colours with white powder and get our favourite colour for making rangoli.
5. Flowers and Leaves
Dried or Fresh flowers and leaves are readily available in the market. Flower not only make rangoli look more traditional and vibrant but also add a fragnance to the atmosphere, it brings in positivity indeed. Petals – Rose petals, marigold petals, small purple paper flowers, finely cut greens-grass/ leaves-even methi leave looks the best, they just fill up the large designs.
Use strings of marigold and if you like strings of kanakambara/ jasmine flowers to outline
Spiritual significance of Rangoli