Margazhi kolam designs

Margazhi kolam designs

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How to draw a rose kolam with dots ( 15 pulli kolam )



This post had free hand kolam designs for Margazhi. Due to requests I have added some kolam with dots for Margazhi 2014 here.  The first kolam is the famous and common rose kolam with dots.  We can find it frequently drawn for various occasions and festivals.  While rose patterns are similar to what I have drawn the central design varies from person to person depending upon our imagination.  The dot pattern used is 15 to 8 idukku pulli.  Two images showing intermediate steps for this kolam have also been added.


  The kolam in the image is also a free hand kolam with two types of motifs used on the edges of the central design and between them.  Fill with bright colours, as such colours are associated with Diwali. The patterns used are rhombus and paisley types. The bright colours give an enhanced effect though it is a very simple kolam. Choosing the right colours also matters.  A combination like pink, red and blue add to it pink made a design attractive even if it is simple.                                                  

Rangoli stencil  available in the market has been used to get the central  design. Place the stencil on the floor and using white powder fill up the stencil to get the central design.  After removing the stencil draw a free hand border with two parallel lines drawn simultaneously.  Around the border add four parallel line motifs on the sides and in the gaps - different patterns for sides and the gaps - are drawn.  The kolamcan be stopped this stage.  However I wanted to improve on it but make it simple.  So I added I used just one colour, green to get the design at the top. The green colour lines are added as shown between the white lines or parallel to the white lines.  They are also added to the central stencil design.  One more combination of stencil and kolam is ready.  A simple but different type of design.  This combination has been used in Rangoli - special designs and special designs with stencil. The patterns chosen for the free hand part of the kolam should as far as possible match the design taken from the stencil There are 12 kolam below for Margazhi.2012  I liked kolam 9, 7, 5 and 4 and 3.  Hope you like all of them!! Please remember to like my Facebook page Rangoli sans dots.

Colourful free hand Margazhi kolam

kolam 12
Bright colours and the best kolam designs are associated with Margazhi and Diwali rangoli or kolam as we call them. Such colourful ( and sometimes elaborate ) designs can be drawn for weddings at the entrance for welcoming guests.  Hence dark and light pink, blue and yellow colours have been used in the kolam design with a central floral petal design below.  A simple but attractive design. Draw the floral design of the kolam at the centre with the eight pink petals.  Draw the contours in white in two layers.  Fill it with pink.  Between the petals add the patterns in green and red.  The gaps between the kolam centre and the border is filled with blue and pink patterns.  Finally place white dots on the pink petal designs.
This is another free hand  kolam design for Margazhi.  The central square has motifs of my choice on four sides and on the four edges.  I have chosen some leaf like patterns in green and brown.  ( We may consider it as the life of a leaf - green and brown the next day.  Probably it signifies the uncertainty of the life of a rangoli or kolam - I did not have any such idea in mind when I drew it ! I just drew it ).  Between the leaves are the patterns in pink that are decorated with white rangoli powder.  The centre has two shades of blue Different shades of blue at the centre and green on the motifs at the edges have given an awesome effect! I think.
In the kolam below, designs are simple ones that can been drawn with dots or free hand.  Seven such kolangal are drawn surrounded by a kolam border drawn using leaves. The gaps are filled with kolam powder and that is time consuming.! Pink has been used for the central design nd red for the outer ones.The kolam design with two pairs of intersecting lines that are connectd with floral petals on the eight edges is a common and simple kolam, free hand design.  I have used them around a central kolam.  Instead of a border I have used leaf patterns for the border.

This is  free hand kolam.  Observe it closely to find four fish facing each other in this design.  The gaps between the fish are filled with designs of our choice.  Two shades of green and pink colours have been used for filling. How to draw it ? Draw the four borders around the fish first and connect them with patterns as shown in red and white.  Draw the fish kolam designs on the four sides facing the centre with white kolam powder. Fill the gaps with pink and two shades of green.  Filling the inside with dark green and the outside with light green gives a better effect than doing it the other way.Decorate the fish patterns with some colours. 
Some of the most colourful, most beautifully colourful animals are seen under the sea. In fact there is more 
colour under the sea than on land, I think.  What I have drawn is no comparison to what is found in nature.
Probably referring to this photo gallery of National Geographic will give an idea .
The kolamon the right is a very simple design.  It has filled with used rangoli powder that I carefully preserve.  The design has been completed with green colour to make it more beautfiful. I have drawn quite a few kolam designs using the kolam powder mixture from an erased kolam.  Almost all of them have been drawn with white kolam powder.  For Margazhi season I wanted to try something different in kolam, yet simple. The result the kolam design below.  The kolam powder mixture is of  greyish pink colour I have drawn simple patterns that are leaf designs in and around a basic geometric shape and have the edges have been finished with light green colour to give this beautiful and awesome effect. ( I think ). Two images at the white kolam stage showing the steps for drawing this rather simple kolam made impressive by adding colours and colourful lines. This may be used as a margazhi kolam small design.


 More kolam designs drawn using this method are in new rangoli designs .
The kollam on the left is a simple free hand kolam design.  After drawing the basic kolam with white kolam powder, I have used a type of green and yellow colours to complete the kolamwith floral motifs, spiral patterns.  A simple but attractive design.  Though initially it may appear to be complicated it is a very easy design to draw.  As usual a rhombus at the centre ( looks like I depend on rhombus and floral patterns a lot for the central design ).  On the four sides the floral patterns with two petals connecting the side with a sepal are drawn.  A somewhat similar design is repeated on the edges.  The periphery is decorated with spiral patterns, straight lines and dots in white and yellow.  The green, yellow and white combination - in a free hand kolam - an awesome idea. Yes?The design above (right ) is drawn using kolam  powder used in the kolam below. When kolam drawn is erased or removed ( of course with a heavy heart ) the resultant mixture is of the colour shown  above.  Re-arrange the mixture to get a design of  your choice. Then make some simple decorations with white kolam powder and the result  is the design shown above. It is a combination of four birds and spiral patterns at the centre.
In case you are looking for some special kolam for Margazhi we can choose some of these colourful kolam

The free hand kolam below is a lotus design with four lotus and four lotus buds pointing towards a simple floral design at the centre.  The rangoli design is covered with a simple rangoli border.  The gaps between the flowers is filled with blue rangoli powder to complete the design. Lotus designs are considered auspicious as stated some where else in Rangoli-sans-dots hence the kolamdesign below would be suitable for festivals like Navaratri, Varalakshmi Pooja and Raksha Bandhan. The different shades of pink for the lotus add to the awesomeness of the kolam design. Lotus kolam designs with dots and free hand are in Lotus rangoli                                                         
Colourful rangoli
The central kolam design is with geometric shapes like triangles, hexagaon etc.  A design similar to this has already been used by me for Vijayadasami rangoli.  However the colours used in this are different as is also the final design. Start with two inverted triangles to form a star like design.  From the edges add more triangles and other geometric patterns. Complete it with white and pink designs on the outside.  The colours chosen for the inside of the kolam - shades of yellow and blue and red for the triangles give a beautiful effect to the kolam design.
The third kolam design in this series for Margazhi.  A simple kolam  design at the centre filled with orange and green  colours.  Floral designs (lotus-like) are drawn on the four sides with lotus or floral buds.  Filling up with rangoli powder of different colours as in this kolam takes a lot of time. I have used some motifs that I regularly use for kolam designs.  A Margazhi kolam that competes with few others in this collection.                                                   

Free hand kolam for Margazhi

festival-kolam-1.jpgThe second kolam in this series.  The rangoli has layers of flower designs starting from the centre to the periphery.  I have added purple and blue hues to get an altogether different appearance.  Finally with white rangoli powder the central simple design has been drawn. Start with the curved lines with curlicues at the centre.  Expand the kolam around this design with pink, green and shades of violet.  Fill the centre with blue.
kolam 1
The first kolam for Margazhi season.  A simple design with four motifs about a central design with four leaf like motifs in the gaps.  After filling the kolam with colours I have used white and blue colours at the centre to make it more attractive. Pink and white colours have been used in the outer designs . The decorations after completing filling up of colours that has been done with green , pink and white colours make it appear different from other designs that are left without these additions.                                                    
More rangolis  for margazhi are in the previous post -margazhi season and rangoli. and in my YouTube channel 
Some pulli kolam designs are in pulli kolam designs among other posts.  Some free hand  designs are in  colourful rangoli designs one of the many posts on these type of rangoli 

The rangoli with dots on the left is of  11 dots to 1 dot pattern. (You should believe it!).  This is similar to the rangoli on the top which is a freehand rangoli that has been already in Rangoli-sans-dots.
festival-kolam-3.jpgIn our collage of arts we discussed India's contribution to the world through Mysore paintings, Tanjore paintings, Kalamkari art, Warli paintings and Poovidal.  Our journey within the country and outside should continue to discover as many beautiful visual art  forms in this world, as possible.  .  

thamarai-kolam.jpgAmong the popular arts in India, mehendi needs a special mention.  It has been there for centuries. A few decades back, leaves of the henna plant were plucked and made into a paste and applied on the palms and  feet.  Now, commercial mehendi cones are available and intricate patterns are drawn on  the hands using them.   In a wedding, it is common to see mehendi decorations on the bride's hands.  Her friends and relatives also join the wedding celebrations by applying mehandi decorations on their hands.  It is called henna-tattoo  in the  West.

In this post I have uploaded twelve freehand kolam for margali .   I have tried to see that  all kolam are as unique as humanly possible.  Like Diwali this season is also one of my favourites.  In Tamil Nadu the entire  month (December 15 - January 15) is celebrated with joy as described earlier in Rangoli-sans-dots.   The New Year is also celebrated in  different parts of the world including India.  Christmas is also celebrated in many parts of the world during this  period.  At the end of margazhi you have Pongal in Tamil  Nadu,  Makara Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka.The transition  of the Sun to  the sun sign Capricorn is celebrated as Makara Sankranti.  Overall it is time  for celebrations and to  forget our worries and troubles for some time.  I have tried various designs and patterns in the kolam with colours sprayed on many of them, two are simple and have tried with just one or two colours.  As usual, they have geometric patterns, flowers (lotus, buds) , animals (fish) and a few symmetrical  designs. Probably, the kolam with geometric patterns have some influence of mandalas (literally a circle or cycle).  I think that the first and ninth (when viewed from the top) represent simple mandalas.      While the above kolams are for Margazhi and festivals like Navaratri in South India, in the northern part of India one can find such rangoli during Holi and Diwali.

(Update: I would like to upload colourful free hand rangoli for Holi and Diwali 2013!)


  1. very nice madam..and very useful

  2. Your margazhi kolams are simply superb and elegant. Is margazhi means freehand drawing? Thanks a lot for sharing.

    1. Thanks for the feedback. My blog actually means - rangoli without dots. However, I have started uploading kolams with dots also. I hope to upload more designs with dots in the future. Thanks again.

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