Ratham muggu for Sankranti or chariot rangoli
The steps through images are given below
Ratham muggulu are drawn for Sankranti and Rathasapthami ( a festival celebrated in some parts of India ).
This is a simple ratham muggu that can be drawn with the dot grid as shown. The pattern is obtained by drawing intersecting elliptical shapes as shown.
The dot grid is as shown in the first image
Pongal or Sankranthi geethala muggu | rangoli with lines | old traditional rangoli
After forming the basic padi kolam or geethala muggu we decorate as shown in the image below. We can stop at this step or continue further to get free hand birds designs. The result is quite different and a beautiful birds and geethala muggu combination. Definitely will enhance the ambiance of an already festive atmosphere for Sankranthi festival. For my mother Sankranthi was Peddha Pandaga or big festival. So a big festival calls for a great decorations. This muggu can be one of them.
Sankranti or Pongal is the festival when we have lot of colourful rangoli designs adorning every house in the street it marks the end of month long kolam or muggulu celebrations with beautiful and colourful designs being drawn daily during Dhanur masam which invariably falls between December 15 and January 15. This month ends on Bhogi the last day of Dhanur masam and Pongal or Sankranti marks the beginning of spring season , a new month , new hopes . Farmers are happy particularly when the harvest is good and they celebrate this happy occasion praying to the Sun God. Like many other festivals in India rangoli muggulu ( also in Telugu ) is an important part of festival celebration. The rangoli drawn are mostly rangoli with dots filled with bright colours and some draw free hand rangoli also. There is a school of thought that feels that festival celebration should be with geethala muggulu only as they are drawn for auspicious occasions and obviously all festivals are auspicious events. They draw only rangoli with lines and decorate with a kaavi border to highlight that it is drawn for a festival or function. For them this post will have only lines muggulu or padi kolam as we say in Tamil. There are hundreds of designs with dots and rangoli without dots in Rangolisansdots for those who would want those type of rangoli designs only.