Importance of Kolam - Significance of Rangoli- What Is Kolam

What is Kolam/ Rangoli - Kolam/Rangoli is called WAVE in English, the art of drawing a Kolam can be called as Waving.
Kolam is a drawing generally drawn at the entrance of a house, temple or any other building.Drawing kolam increases the creativity inside you.It has some medical importance too.This is a good old practice of South India. Dried rice flour is to used for drawing kolams which is served as food for ants.There are numerous traditional kolams patterns and lot more can be created depending on the creativity of the person who draws it, it is not drawn like a picture. Patterns are created based on certain systems. Drawing Kolam is practiced by women.Generally women get up early in the morning and clean the area just outside the entrances of their houses,sprinkle the area with water and draw the kolam by dropping the loose dried flour in a controlled way through their forefinger and the thumb.
Mostly the kolam patterns are created based on dots arranged in different types of grid patterns. However, many non-dot based kolam patterns also are available.
Significance of drawing kolam
     Purpose of kolams are not merely decorative. Kolam drawing has several social, spiritual and symbolic meanings attached to it.We have a beleif that drawing kolam purify the entrance space and this in turn will invite the goddess of wealth,Lakshmi to enter the house.This would give the house inmates all wealth and prosperity.
It is a good exercise by sitting, standing and moving in patterns while making the kolam. A lot of ozone and thus oxygen-rich atmosphere is healthy to get in the early morning.
Drawing Types
  Kolam patterns can be drawn in deferent ways.Generally the kolams based on dots can be drawn either by joining the dots by straight or curved lines or patterns can be created by drawing lines between and around the dots.

So friends, Keep drawing kolams in different patterns and invite Goddess Lakshmi to your house.Live healthy & Wealthy :)

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