Significance and reasons to why do we make a Rangoli

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Do you know why do we make a Rangoli? You can read ahead to know more.

One of the most enjoyable tasks during the festival season is to make a Rangoli, while for those who are new to making it might find it tedious but those that practice it regularly masters the art and can create massive, magnificent Rangolis in minutes.

why do we make a Rangoli


Rangoli can be easily found in front of the entrance or courtyard of many households, especially of those found in the Southern states of India. Many people that move out of their native places carry this tradition with them and introduce it to the people around. In this article, we will ponder over the fact that it is not confined to decoration only but it has some great scientific significance too. When you dig deeper into the history of Hinduism, you will many myths related to the making of a Rangoli.

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Let’s find the associated myths and reasons to why do we make a Rangoli:

  • While people in southern states make it on a regular basis, people living in northern states usually confine to making it on major festivals like during the Diwali week.  It is because when Lord Rama had returned to Ajodhya from fourteen years of exile in the forest, he was welcomed with a massive Rangoli and lamps spread endlessly like the starts in the sky.

why do we make a Rangoli

  • On the festival of Diwali, we also expect Goddess Lakshmi and other Gods to be visiting our houses and other places to bless us with prosperity and wealth. The Gods’ welcome includes cleaning the places, lighting lamps, offering prayers and making a charismatic Rangoli at the entrance or near the place to pray in the house.
  • Traditional Rangolis are supposed to follow a particular pattern in which they tend to be symmetrical on both the X and the Y axis. The symmetrical pattern is believed to emit waves that help us cool our mind and make us feel better. The concept can be related to the sound waves that form a pattern and are heard as a melodious sound, soothing us soul and making us feel relaxed.

we make a Rangoli

  • Another myth that is associated with the concept of making a Rangoli is given here. In the ancient times, people used to draw the miniatures of people they lost or longed for on the walls. Hence, came into existence the concept of Rangoli. Such miniature drawings later took various forms and people started to use it to decorate their houses regularly or during any major festivals.

we make a Rangoli

  • Now the Rangoli patterns are not confined to the traditional ones but have taken the form of many complex and intricate rangoli designs. Whereas, in some of the temples in down south (Southern India) you will still find traditional rangoli designs that are symmetrical.

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