Lakshmi padam kolam Krishna patham kolam


Gokulashtami decoration | Laxmi Puja decoration ideas

      Drawing the Feet of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Krishna is a part of the festival decoration - particularly Varalakshmi Vratham , Laxmi Puja and Krishna Jayanthi ( Janmashtami ).

It is our way of welcoming God into our humble home on these days.  The Feet are drawn from the entrance of the house to the place where the Puja is performed.  In the case of Varlakshmi Vratham it is upto the khalasam or idol and in the case of Sri Krishna Janmashtami it is upto the idol or photo in the Puja room where we perform the Puja for Him.

There are many method of drawing the Feet.  It is a simple  rangoli design actually I draw with the traditional method of drawing rangoli in Tamil Nadu.  However , there may be some who may not be comfortable with the traditional method of kolam making.  For their sake I have updated this post with a patham or padam muggulu that can be drawn using an innovative method.


       


Two small bangles are placed, we should use small bangles so that the Feet are small  and cute.  This is particularly important in the case of Lord Krishna's birthday because according to mythology His Feet are formed when He steals (!) butter as a child , steps on the overflowing butter and hence the Feet are formed by the butter .  Obviously they will be small and cute because He is a child.

Coming to the rangoli after placing two bangles, draw a curve inside the bangle at the bottom and curve outside the bangle at the top.  Remove the two edges carefully and gently.  The two curves will not connect perfectly using kolam powder connect the two small places where required.  The rest is easy.  Draw the toes and inside the Feet we can draw swastik , lotus or other patterns  to represent they are Divine Feet.  To represent Goddess Lakshmi's Feet we can add toe rings .

The video above shows how it is to be done with bangles .   This is really beautiful , I think .  This is one of the most satisfying rangoli designs I have ever drawn.  Actually this idea struck my mind in the spur of the moment.  I was trying the  regular bangles.  The Feet ( I use capital for Feet to denote the Lord as is the case in the English language ) were too big.  Bala Krishna or Gokula Krishna is a such a naughty child .  So the patterns should reflect the beauty of a child's feet.  Drawing inside both the bangles or outside both did not yield the desired result.  So finally I got it.  Outside the top bangle and inside the bottom bangle is the right combination.

These are some of the traditional padam rangoli or patham rangoli designs .  The options are many.  They are drawn with single and double line or two single lines separately.

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