Best tips to design Rangoli
Rangoli is one traditional art form of India that women here love to do. Be it the festive season or daily, rangolis are drawn with immense love and reverence. They are passed from generation to generation in many families. Rangoli is a term taken from the Sanskrit term Rangavalli. 

No occasion in India is complete without rangoli. Either you draw it in white chalk piece, or white rangoli powder, or make it royal using colors, the look of rangoli is a distinct one. During pujas and stage performances also rangolis are drawn and then the procedure is started. 

Hindus believe that Rangolis are a manifestation of Goddess Lakshmi. They consider stepping on it as forbidden and draw them with utmost devotion. According to Ayurveda, drawing rangoli using fingers is a mudra technique that enhances the health of women.  

More than ever, rangolis assume prominence during the Margasira month in South India. The whole month before Sankranti or Pongal, women wake up before the sun rises and adore their house fronts with the choicest of rangolis.  

It is a popular belief in villages that women should draw rangolis in the morning before their men head out for their daily work. This is considered auspicious for the whole family. If someone dies in the family, rangolis are not drawn for 12 days. It is a symbol of mourning and letting others know that there is a death that happened in the family. Thus, not drawing rangoli during normal times is considered highly inauspicious among Hindus. 

Women and girls take much pride in drawing rangolis during special occasions. They spend time and effort in planning, design, and coloring. If you are looking for the best tips to design rangolis, here are some useful tips for you: 

  1. Mix rangoli powder (white muggu powder) with fine filtered sand for easy flow.
  2. Use stencils and pressing boxes for bringing the perfect finishing for rangoli.
  3. Draw and practice on paper till you can draw the whole design without needing to break or raise your hand.
  4. Start filling the colors from inside out to make sure that you do not disturb the filled colors.
  5. When you are drawing on a tiled floor or cement floor, draw with chalk piece and then fill the colors from the center out and later fill the borders with rangoli powder.
  6. Choose rangoli design according to the celebration and occasion. If it is a competition, think out of the box and try to display your creativity in making the rangoli according to the theme.
  7. If it is possible, by all means choose to draw a rangoli on the soil floor. This brings out the best beauty of the art form like none other.
  8. Decorate your rangoli with flowers and lit diyas to increase its charisma.
  9. Complete the look of your rangoli with a suitable border and fill it with colors too.
  10. Opt for a finer combination of colors instead of too many contrasting ones. 

Bigger patterns of rangolis are better drawn in groups. By sharing the tasks – drawing the basic design, initiating the color filling, and bordering, and finally decorating with flowers and lamps, etc. one can complete bigger rangolis with ease. This is especially useful while participating in rangoli competitions where timelines come into the picture. 

Rangolis are one sort of Indian cultural tradition that is utmost revered and practiced in other countries too. Make sure to draw them every day and teach the importance to your children and next generations to preserve and pass on the greatness of Indian culture and heritage, importantly this beautiful celestial art – rangavalli!