Diwali muggulu with Rangoli kolam with lines

Diwali muggulu with lines | Dhaurmasam geethala muggulu | Sankranti geethala muggulu

Traditional rangoli with lines are drawn for festivals and functions in many parts of India. They are particularly popular during Dhaurmasam or  Margazhi up to Sankranti ( Pongal ) We may use for Diwali also for change instead of the usual colourful rangoli .  These may be considered as innovative rangoli for Diwali.  Draw with a kaavi border to denote that it is for an auspicious occasion.  The rangoli with lines is small but it may not be as simple  as the final image suggests.  So I have given a gallery of images to show the numerous steps involved in the rangoli. Rangoli with lines are usually drawn with 2, 4, or 5 lines. So I have drawn the central square with two parallel lines ( Padi kolam as they are also called usually start with square base ).  Next draw a rhombus like shape connecting the four sides of the square.  Now draw a smaller square inside the rhombus.  Now decorate the spaces inside with a number of usually 4 or 5 lines as shown in the third image.




 The remaining small spaces are decorated with dots. If sufficient space is there we can have lines also.
 The next stage is draw a rhombus like shape connecting the four edges of the square as shown in the image below.  Actually we can keep expanding this  design with squares and rhombuses till the cows come home !  However we stop at some stage depending upon availability of space.
 Now draw parallel lines in  the triangle formed on all four sides as shown in the picture below and in the next pic below it.

 Now we are stopping at this stage and start completing the rangoli.  For completing a rangoli with lines we connect all  the lines on the four sides.  The first two lines are connected  with diya or lamp like patterns, after all it is for Diwali and we should have something to represent  it.
 Then draw two curved lines on either side to represent handles , they may also be considered to represent the lotus flower which is commonly used in kolam.
The two more lines remaining are connected with curved lines as shown in the image below.  The next image shows some floral petal patterns drawn above the curved lines.

There is just one  line left on the four sides , a small circle is placed on either side to complete the design. Why don't we try this for Diwali , this is as creative as one can get with a rangoli with just lines and few colours. The final image shows how beautiful a rangoli can become with just lines and a few patterns.

 Diwali is one of the most auspicious festivals and celebrated in various parts of India , USA , UK , Europe and many other countries unlike some festivals that are celebrated at a state or regional level, Diwali is celebrated through out the world where ever Indians live.  Padi kolam or rangoli designs with lines are drawn for auspicious occasions and festivals.  We can try this beautiful art for Diwali or Laxmi Puja decoration, or for Bhai dooj .  We decorate this kolam with a kaavi ( red ochre ) border when  drawn on Fridays, festivals and functions like wedding ,  house warming . The images should be self explanatory for the steps in drawing this rangoli .  It can be drawn free hand also but I have used a 4 by 4 dot  pattern.








  1. Laxmi vasudevan15 April 2013 at 14:47

    Both the rangolis are very beautiful. Hats off to you.

    1. Very artistic auspicious rangolis. Keep it up and try teaching gen next to keep tradition alive.

    2. Thank you, Sir. I will do my best