Friday, October 18, 2013

Rangoli patterns

While the majority of Indians honor the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi on the day of Diwali, Bengalis do a special "puja" or prayer ceremony for Lakshmi on the full moon following Dussehra. It is called Kojagari Lakshmi Puja and fell on the 18th October this year.
One important part of the puja is the "Rangoli" patterns or "Alpana" done on the floor. The second important part of course is the food, made of grains from the new harvest, accompanied by sweets made of coconut and jaggery.
The Rangoli is easily done even in urban homes, with a paste of rice soaked in water for a few hours. The patterns are all woven around the feet of Lakshmi, stalks of the new harvest or lotus flowers, the favorite of the goddess. The feet of Laksmi are always drawn pointed towards the house, to depict her entering and blessing the house.
Here are a few traditional patterns:

Lakshmi Pada Rangoli 9

Lakshmi Pada Rangoli 4

You will find many more patterns at these sources amongst others:


  1. I love this collection of Rangoli designs with dots. I love them all. thanks for sharing.

  2. excellent job behind these post, these Rangoli Designs are too good and now i have too many choice for Diwali . thanks !