rangoli | diwali 2022 | Meaning of Rangoli

With Diwali around the corner, we all started looking for rangoli designs. Read on to understand its meaning.

In Diwali, there is not a house that celebrates that does not make a vibrant rangoli at the entrance of the house. Those who are not artistic enough create a small drawing with flowers in the house temple or simply write “Happy Diwali” with petals.

However, even though everyone follows this tradition, not everyone knows why and when it all started. This article traces the myths and legends around the importance of making rangoli during Diwali or any other auspicious occasion.

Legends of Goddess Lakshmi

According to popular legends, Diwali is also celebrated to welcome Goddess Lakshmi into our homes. She is the embodiment of wealth and prosperity. Therefore, people draw rangolis outside their homes to welcome it.

As the myths say that the goddess sat on a lotus flower, many people add petals to the border of the design. Devotees have all kinds of creative ways to add elements associated with Lakshmi to impress her.

In some parts of Bihar and Bengal, people design designs with small footprints as a symbol of the goddess entering their homes. In Andhra Pradesh, devotees draw a special type of rangoli with an eight-petalled lotus (Ashtadal Kamal) using geometric patterns. In Tamil Nadu, the design of the sacred flower is replaced by an eight-pointed star (Hridaya Kalam). Gujarat, however, is famous for drawing multiple variations of the lotus during Diwali celebrations (ethnic outfits for Diwali).

Positive energy sign

positive energy sign

Many people design rangolis at the entrance of their homes to invite positive vibes. They believe it is a symbol that can ward off negative energy.

According to folklore, people design complicated rangolis so that they can trap the negative energy floating in the air. By absorbing all evil, these drawings protect us and promote positive thinking.

Rangoli patterns and their meaning

rangoli pattern and meaning

Most people follow a theme when designing a rangoli during Diwali. For example, if someone is a devotee of Lord Krishna, he would design him in the form of a peacock or keep him in the center and create geometric patterns around him.

Many people draw a picture in the form of the God or Goddess they worship. However, many refrain from doing this because they believe it becomes disrespectful to God when the rangoli is erased the day after Diwali.

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Meaning of Drawing Rangoli Traces in Africa

african roots in rangoli design

According to many reports, rangoli design is not only a part of Indian culture, but dates back to an African tribe that is said to have had a tradition of creating mandala-like designs after prayers.

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The tradition also included worshipers seated around the pattern. The tribesmen used to create such a design which could attract animals thus making it easier to hunt.

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