Lakshmi Sathish - India

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Free Hand Rangoli/Kolam

Each morning before sunrise, the front entrance of the house, or wherever the kolam may be drawn, (as we have drawn in two places) is swept clean, sprinkled with water, thereby making for a flat surface. The kolams are generally drawn while the surface is still damp so the design will hold better. Instead of rice flour (Tamil: கோலமாவு)

The rice powder also invites birds and other small creatures to eat it, thus welcoming other beings into one's home and everyday life: a daily tribute to harmonious co-existence. It is a sign of invitation to welcome all into the home, not the least of whom is Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and wealth. The patterns range from geometric and mathematical line drawings around a matrix of dots to free-form artwork and closed shapes.

We have this practice of kolam during magazhi over 21-22years. We draw different types of kolam and pass on this to the next generation.

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