Rangoli is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘rangavalli’. It is an art that 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 a wedding, ritualistic worship, a vowed religious observance, etc. Rangoli are essentials of Diwali.
Spiritual significane of Rangoli
In Hindu Dharma, rangoli is drawn during every festival, auspicious occasion, religious rituals, etc. All the festivals, auspicious occasions, rituals, etc. are associated with one of the Deity principles.
During these days, the Divine principle of a specific Deity is present in the atmosphere in a larger proportion on the day of the respective festival or is attracted to the venue where religious rituals of that Deity are being performed.
In order to attract maximum Deity principle, rangolis that attract and transmit respectively Deity principle is drawn so that everyone derives spiritual benefits from it.
According to a Principle in Spirituality that ‘word, touch, taste, form, smell and their energy co-exist,’ even if a small variation is made in the form and color of the rangoli, its vibrations change.
Mostly Rangolis are drawn with white stone powder, Chalk, sand, Rice flour, charcoal, colored powders are also used.
There are a large variety of alternatives that can be used to make rangoli designs.
Let’s talk about some of the material which we easily find at our homes this Diwali for Rangoli
Every year after Holi we tend to save colours for rangoli. Gulaal is always evergreen in the market too. For “Rangoli colour” all we need to do is mix gulaal colours with white powder and get our favorite color for making rangoli.
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 fragrance 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.
Soak the rice first in warm water for an hour or two then grind it to a 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 colored.
Note: 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.
Coloured Suji or Rava
Nice grains, harder than sawdust easy to spread should be the keywords but it does not mix too well with colours.it looks bouncier than colours – thus may give a slightly whitish haze. But the good part is it is hygroscopic. If you want the rangoli to stay longer than a day this is a good medium to use.
Fabric or poster colours
Fabric or poster color mixed with chalk powder. Mix a small amount of colour with chalk powder. Apply it with a brush on the floor. It just looks like painting on the floor not a traditional form of rangoli, but it scores over as it is very easy and is relatively permanent in nature.
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Happy rangoli making! ☺
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