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Diwali: The Mythology And Importance Of Rangoli Designing

We have all begun looking for rangoli designs as Diwali approaches. Continue reading to learn its significance.

Diwali Decoration
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Every Diwali celebration includes the creation of a beautiful rangoli at the front door. Those who lack artistic ability decorate their home temple with a tiny flower arrangement or just write “Happy Diwali” with flower petals.

Despite the fact that everyone participates in this custom, not everyone is aware of its origins. The myths and tales surrounding the significance of creating rangoli for Diwali or any other auspicious occasion are explored in this article.

Here’s the list of points describing the importance of Rangoli Designing.

1. Legends Of Goddess Lakshmi

Diwali is reportedly also observed to welcome the goddess Lakshmi into our homes. She personifies abundance and success. In order to greet her, people create rangolis outside of their homes.

Many people add petals to the design’s border since stories claim that the Goddess once perched on a lotus flower. Devotees come up with all kinds of inventive methods to include Lakshmi-related aspects in order to impress her.

People create patterns with tiny footprints as a symbol of the Goddess entering their homes in portions of Bengal and Bihar. In Andhra Pradesh, devotees use geometric shapes to create a unique type of rangoli that features an eight-petal lotus (Ashtadal Kamal). In Tamil Nadu, an eight-pointed star is used in place of the sacred flower’s design (Hridaya Kalam). However, Gujarat is also known for its intricate lotus drawings during the Diwali holiday.

Also Read: 15 Best Rangoli Designs This Diwali

2. A Symbol Of Good Spirit

To attract good energy, many individuals place rangolis at the entrance to their homes. They consider it to be a symbol that can fight against evil.

Folklore holds that people create intricate rangolis in order to capture any negative energy that may be present in the air. These patterns shield us and encourage optimistic thinking by absorbing all the evil.

3. Rangoli Patterns and Their Importance

During Diwali, the majority of people design rangolis with a certain theme. For instance, someone who worships Lord Krishna might make it look like a peacock or place it in the middle and create geometric designs all around it.

Many people create a design in the shape of the God or Goddess they worship. Many people, however, refrain from doing so because they believe it is insulting to God to wipe the rangoli the next day of Diwali.

4. Rangoli’s Importance Can Be Traced Back To Africa

Creating rangolis is not just a part of Indian culture, according to many reports; it can also be traced back to an African tribe, who reportedly had a custom of creating mandala-like patterns after prayers.

Devotees would sit around the pattern as part of the custom. The tribe’s members used to make designs that would draw animals, facilitating easier hunting.

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Written by Yashika Goel

From Arts and Journalism background, Yashika is a graphic designer and content writer living in Delhi. When not working, you’ll find me eating pasta, travelling, reading books, drinking coffee or painting. Join me as I learn more about myself and show you how to love life daily!

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