New year rangoli Pongal kolam

Margazhi is also important due to the fact that the English New Year falls in this month and the month ends with Sankranti.   Since our family lives in Tamil Nadu, we are lucky because we celebrate the English New Year, Ugadi (New Year celebrated in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra)  and of course the Tamil New Year.  On the new year's eve we find many rangolis  big and small welcoming the new year.  The words "Welcome 2013" or "Happy New Year 2013" will  be written on the periphery of many Margazhi rangoli heralding the arrival of  2013.  Margazhi ends with Sankranti celebrations.  It is celebrated for four days in Tamil Nadu.  The first day is Bhogi, 2nd  day is Thai Pongal,  3rd day is Maattu Pongal and the 4th day is Kaanum Pongal .   Apart from  other festivities rangolis play a very important  role in celebration of Sankranti or Pongal.      

The rangoli above is the first in our series ( I have not decided ,  how many) for New Year 2013 through Sankranti.  It can be drawn free hand or with dots.  The image above has been drawn without dots.  It is a design with four butterflies and four flowers.   The centre filled with pink and green  patterns.  The flowers have been filled with two shades of blue.  The gaps have also have rangoli powder preserved by me after erasing a design (hence the different colour in the back ground.                              

New-Year-border-rangoli.jpg The first rangoli in this post and almost all rangolis in the previous post - Margazhi kolam collection demand a lot of filling up to be done with rangoli powder of various colours.  Hence for a change,   the rangoli below simple with very few colours,  a simple rangoli or rangoli border for New Year 2013. Three simple floral designs are drawn and filled with colours as shown on the top of each one simple motifs are drawn.                                                    

Let  us start with a kolam with dots for New Year 2013.

Sankranthi rangoli



 On the top a simple freehand rangoli with parallel lines but of two different colours for Margazhi kolams. (Margazhi is still  not over!).  The lines have been drawn simultaneously, as we do in plain rangolis with parallel lines but we have to use rangoli powder of two colours.  It can be expanded with designs using white rangoli  powder also.  Two images showing the stages in drawing this rangoli

This rangoli above on the right  drawn using the above method i.e drawing parallel lines with two colours.  . Drawing a rangoli or kolam with parallel lines requires some practice.  Drawing parallel lines with two different colours requires more practice.  What is important is picking the colours and allowing the rangoli powder to flow through the fingers.  Once it is achieved the lines as shown in the thumbnail above can be drawn. The colour combination including yellow makes suitable for festivals like Basant Panchami for which yellow is an important colour.

Pongal and Sankranthi are important festivals celebrated during January and rangoli or kolam drawn in Tamil Nadu and muggulu drawn during Sankranthi are a feast to our eyes. So some rangoli or kolam as muggulu too in the images below

Sankranti Muggulu designs / Ugadi muggulu 

Some  South Indian muggulu photos with steps

colourful chukkala leni muggulu - a simple idea


The white muggulu on the left can be compared to get an idea how just adding a few colours totally changes the outlook of the muggu.  Having said this white muggulu or rangoli have their own beauty ( Hope my statements are not contradictory or confusing ! ).  I have also added it here so that it can be useful for colouring activity.

The design in the image above is a spontaneous design.  All free hand rangoli are usually drawn spontaneously and may change as one draws it.  The ideas in the mind as they occur pan out into a design on the floor.  Coming to the muggu above, draw the central simple pattern at the centre and on four sides at right angles draw the patterns as shown.  Between any two draw the pattern in green and yellow combination.  Finally decorate the design with floral petal like motifs to complete the rangoli.  Of course we can expand it further if required.  The yellow - green  and the blue -pink combinations enhance the appearance of the design. The black and white images give an idea about the steps involved in this simple yet awesome design.

Apart from the fact that rangoli are drawn daily in many parts of India and for festivals like Pongal or Sankranthi , rangoli are associated with important festivals like Navratri and Diwali.  Rangoli with flower as theme are also often used as rangoli with dots or without. Rangoli designs representing flowers are drawn  ( not the actual floral designs ) in some of the designs below.  They may have floral designs as a part of the rangoli or as a whole. In the rangoli on the rightthe central design is drawn by drawing intersecting lines and forming the parallelogram like patterns.  The edge of each one is expanded with floral designs with two petals.  The gaps between the petals are filled with free hand designs.  The central design is further enhanced with circular patterns of various colours.  Finally the colours are filled up as shown to obtain the image shown above resulting in a colourful (green, yellow, blue ) floral pattern at the centre.  The rangoli  has two floral designs, the innermost one with petals of two colours and the outermost one filled with pink colour.  The rangoli has been filled completely with pink outside the central design.  This takes some time and demands patience also.  After filling the gaps with pink floral petal motifs in orange have been added.  On the outside the places between the petals has simple patterns. A simple design for all occasions and festivals.



Kolam with sugarcane and Pongal pot

Pongal paanai kolam with dots 

The following pics show how to draw a simple pongal kolam with paanai or pot and sugar cane for Pongal.  This is a very popular theme for Pongal so I have chosen a simple kolam design the dot pattern in 8 to 3 - idukku pulli.  


Pongal paanai kolam without dots

Thai Pongal is only a few days away.  So, one freehand rangoli for this Pongal  season, of course with Pongal pots and sugarcane!  A free hand kolam design with four colourful pots.  Bright colours are have used to fill up the pot design. Then bright yellow patterns have been drawn on the colourful background.My Facebook page is Rangoli sans dots. Please remember to like it.
While Pongal is celebrated with sweet Pongal prepared from newly harvested rice.  Sankranti is celebrated with what is called Tilgul .  Younger generation takes the blessings of the elders of the family by falling at their feet and they in turn offer them Tilgul and bless then.

Festival - Ratha Sapthami

This festival is celebrated after Pongal or Sankranti  on the seventh day (hence Sapthami ) in the bright phase of the moon.  A free hand rangoli of a chariot with a single wheel representing the Sun is drawn on the floor or on a wooden plank usually with kaavi (red ochre ) paste.  The chariot has a single wheel  with a pennant or (dwaja ) at the top.  A pictorial representation of the Sun is drawn inside the chariot.  This probably signifies the beginning of the harvest season.  Offerings include include Sakkara Pongal . Actually it was prepared by boiling milk on a a stove lit with dried cow dung cakes. The ingredients for Pongal are added after the milk boils.  The stove is placed in the sun facing east. Presently this may be practically difficult in some places.
. The rangoli or kolam is one of the types or patterns usually with a repetitive motif I have used in many rangoli designs to get the chariot design for Ratha Sapthami.  It is customary to draw only a single wheel for the chariot.  A toran of mango leaves on the top, rangoli patterns representing banana plants are drawn with green colour. (Both these are considered auspicious and are invariably used in festivals and functions like weddings ).  A pictorial representation of the sun is drawn at the centre of the chariot.  A dwaja (flag or pennant ) is added to the top. Another important festival celebrating spring that is popular in northern parts of India is Basant Panchami.

Rangoli or kolam designs with dots are there


  1. its very good and those vidieos are awsome

  2. so nice pongal panai rangoli and the double line with two different colours videos arereally awesome.

  3. Awesome rangolis and double line with different colours rangolis are great..!!!!

    1. Thanks Praveen. Nice of you to visit my blog

    2. Very nice blog ..

      I have a request: could u pls post rangolis which are drawn only with lines[ preferably double lines or more] and curves only [ without dots] . I have seen them in some karnataka bangalore households.

      I just adore them.

      Thanks in advance.

    3. Hi, (I would be more thankful if you reply with a profile other than anonymous. It is a request). Thanks for liking my blog.

      There are many rangoli with double lines in this blog. This is one of the links

      In case you are referring to "hase rangoli" this is the link

      There are many more such rangoli designs.

  4. Very cute rangolis mam, I loved it. Please let me know some more rangolis.

    1. Already there are quite a few rangoli in Rangoli-sans-dots. However I will upload more when I find time. Thanks