Rangoli with dots 7 pulli kolam

This collection of rangoli designs / muggulu designs with 7 dots are suitable if you are looking for simple patterns or designs for learning, for festivals and occasions. The pulli (vecha ) kolam details are shown through intermediate steps for learning and reference.

Simple vilakku or deepam kolam for Karthigai Deepam

The kolam below is of dot pattern 7 by 7.  Place the dots in the template required, Draw the lamps on the four corners. The lamps are not the usual straight line designs used in dots but have some free hand influence on them.  Draw the deepam on the four lamps.  Using the remaining dots form a swastik pattern at the centre.  Fill the deepam with orange and yellow colours and lamp with colourful lines.  I have added pink lines to the swastik and pink and blue dots along the lamps outer surface and handles to have an enhanced effect. The images in black and white show the intermediate steps


Deepam-kolam-7-dots-1511.jpgThe rangoli or kolam below is also a lamp design ( with 7 by 4 dot grid ).  It is quite a simple design. The first stage shows how the lines are connected at the centre.  The lamp design at the corner has been drawn with the base drawn free hand outside the dot grid.  The second step shows the completed rangoli with all the lamps connected to central line pattern to give a simple yet beautiful effect. These kolam can be drawn as simple deepam kolam for Karthigai Deepam festival decoration

Many a time I have emphasised the important role played by nature in selection of designs for our kolam.

7 dots flower (rose and hibiscus ) rangoli or 7 pulli poo kolam. - This kolam may also be drawn as a Margazhi kolam design with dots as Margazhi season upto Pongal through New Year is important for display of colourful kolam in Tamil Nadu , colourful Pongal muggulu with dots.

7 dots muggulu - flowers rangoli kolam designs


The same design above shown through two images to give a better idea of the steps involved in drawing this rangoli  . The first photo shows the first two steps. The pattern at the centre is drawn first.    The third and fourth show the flowers ( rose buds and Hibiscus ? ) drawn to get a 7 dot poo kolam as we may call it in Tamil.  I have given two colourful versions of the final image.  The one at the top more colourful and near natural ( so far as the colours are concerned ).  The one at the bottom is an easier version for adding colours.

7 dots rangoli - butterflies

The next kolam design below is also with 7 by 7 dot pattern.  Place the dot grid , draw the four butterflies on the four corners.  Draw the four petal floral design at the centre and use up the remaining dots with tendril like patterns.                                                      

The kolam above with colours is shown in the image below.  If you want see the steps the video is at butterfly kolam with 7 dots 

The advantages are many.  We don't have to search, rack our brains for designs, colours and patterns.  And most important there is no copyright violation!  Also visit and like my Facebook page on rangoli sans dots .  The design on the right  the latest kolam added here has been drawn using a 7 by 7 dot template.  The central pattern is connected to the four roses through leaves.  On the four corners hibiscus flowers have been drawn.  The petals have some yellow patterns to indicate the presence of stamen in the flowers.  A simple kolam design using a simple dot grid.   A very simple kolam design with some free hand motifs involved 
This post may have answers to these questions - How to draw a kolam with dots -or more specifically
How to draw a kolam with 7 dots - How to draw a kolam with elephant designs
How to draw birds kolam with 7 dots - How to draw flowers kolam with 7 dots
Here, almost all  kolam will have information on the dot pattern and steps are described

7 dots elephant rangoli or 7 pulli yanai kolam


The image  above is a dot kolam version of a free hand kolam I drew for Ganesh Chathurti.  This is drawn with 7 dots to 1 pattern.  Draw the central orange and pink petals.  Using the remaining dots create elephants on four sides.  Some free hand drawing for lotus and tusks, heads are required.  
The free hand pattern is in Ganesh Puja

rangoli-143-c-step1.jpgrangoli-143-c-step2.jpg     This image below shows how to start the 6 birds with 7 dots rangoli design.  After drawing the patterns (curved lines ) through the centre the remaining dots are used to get the birds heads. That is shown in the next image.  The dot remaining before the head is used for drawing the beak.  

7 to 4 dots birds   rangoli design ( 7 to 4 pulli paravai kolam in Tamil )

rangoli-143-c.jpgThe next kolam in our series with 7 dots ( I am updating the posts as and when I create kolam) is a birds kolam design . The dot template or pattern is 7 to 4 (in between dots).  After placing the dot grid draw the three S shaped curved lines intersecting at the central dot.  Draw curved patterns to get the head of a bird.  Add beaks to all the birds.  Add bright colours as they are associated with birds.  Draw  the crown on the top as shown to get the final design. The same design can be filled with dark blue or green with more  colourful decorations on the crown to represent a peacock.  However that would be a poor representation of what nature can show off.  We cannot get the shine or glitter of peacock feathers but at least we can try.
With the same dot grid and same central pattern we can convert the heads of the birds into butterflies.  The result a simple butterfly kolam with dots.  Of course we can decorate the kolam design as we wish.  The butterfly kolam below and two intermediate steps


Another  7 dot kolam design, with dot grid 7 to 4 (idukku pulli).  As usual, place the dot template, draw the central designs using the dots at the centre, inside the hexagon.  Half of each side of the hexagon and the remaining dots are used to obtain the bird designs on the six sides.  My daughter says that they look like dolphins, the beak looks like a nose and the purple design below the neck, represents the flat tail of the dolphin according to her.  Dolphin or bird we have another kolam design for practising or drawing.  How to draw it is shown on my Channel in Youtube - Rangolisansdots at  7 dots birds kolam video

More birds rangoli designs 


The next birds rangoli is a 7 dot design with dot grid 7 to 4 ( idukku pulli or dots in between ).  The first black and white image shows the first stage of the rangoli.  Draw the petals at the centre, join them with curved lines.  Draw the body of the birds around the dots as shown to use the dots as eyes.  Use the remaining dots to draw the wings.  That leaves six dots in front of the beak of each bird.  I have used them drawing a simple floral pattern. 

This rangoli is also drawn with 7 by 4 dot grid ( in between dots ).  In this case I have used four petals at the centre.  In the gaps between  any two birds I have drawn bird designs that appear as if they are perched on a branch.  Quite an easy rangoli.



With the same dot grid 7 to 4 ( interlaced dots ) and following the same pattern we can also get a different kolam design.  Instead of birds we can complete the kolam with lamp patterns as shown in the images below.



7 dots mango leaf rangoli ( 7 pulli maavilai kolam )

The two images above show this rangoli design in two stages.  Normally we have maavilai ( or mango leaves ) in one stage, since there are two sets of mango leaves (!) two images showing how to go about this rangoli design are shown. I hope it is clear.  Adding colours is our choice.
This is the latest design in this post on  7 dots kolam.  The  template used is 7  to 4 (in between dots)  Place the dot pattern as usual.  Draw the central intersecting lines connecting the central dot with two dots on either side.  Extend the arms on all  sides to get six straight arms.  Now draw curved lines as shown in two stages.  First the coloured patterns in yellow,  blue and red are drawn.  Then the outside white pattern is drawn.   This type of design is called maavilai kolam in Tamil as the patterns resemble mango  leaves (!).  This is a common kolam,  6 dots are left out on the periphery that are circled usually.  I have added one more maavilai using that dot.   That is all  the difference.

7 dots lotus rangoli ( 7 pulli thamarai kolam )



This post has been updated with the kolam in the image above.  As the post title suggests it is a 7 dot pulli kolam.  It can be categorised as a simple poo kolam (poo in Tamil means flower).  It is a kolam design I have tried with floral petals on all four sides.  Hence the name.  The two images in black and white show the intermediate stages in the kolam design


The two images below show the intermediate steps for the rangoli above.


 The dot pattern adopted is 7 to 1 (straight dots or ner pulli ).  Place the dot pattern with kolam powder.  Start drawing the pink petals on on four sides.  Use up the remaining dots at the centre to get the pattern in the image above or any other pattern according to your imagination.  Fill the kolam with flowers to get a simple floral kolam design. Now, if it is not easy to decide the method, the video below can be of help! ( it is in my channel ).   After drawing  five  and 6 dots designs.  I suddenly raced to 11 not before posting some 9 dot patterns. Probably 7 and 9 are the most popular among kolam with dots.  Its only a guess.
So in this post - the kolam above has a 7 by 7 dot template.  Draw the central design and the four patterns extending from it. Draw the floral patterns on the four sides. Complete the kolam with few colours.  I have added a few dots on each flower, to represent the stamens(?) of the flowers.
The next kolam with 7 dots - the dot pattern used is 7 to 4 ( idduku pulli or interlaced dots ).  Two images showing how to draw this kolam step by step.  For more steps there is a video in my Channel Rangolisansdots.



Shown below is a simpler kolam for Margazhi.  The dot pattern is 7 by 4 idukku pulli.  After placing the dot pattern (this kolam was stopped at the plain stage without colours in "kolam with dots " ) in Rangolisansdots.  Only the colourful image and one of the steps is shown below.  This kolam may be suitable for those who are in search of a easy kolam with dots for Margazhi

How to draw a simple lines kolam with 7 dots 



.  One of the important patterns regularly used in kolangal is diya or deepam in Tamil.  The image above is with 7 to 1 dot pattern.  It is a very easy kolam with dots and can be drawn by beginners also.  Draw the four lamps one by one.  Connect them all with a simple loop around the remaining four dots between the lamps.  Add colours to complete the  design. Though it is a 7 dot design I have tried to get a very simple design so that it would be useful for all.
The next kolam  below in blue and orange colours. One more simple design using basic patterns or motifs.

          The images below show intermediate stages for this very simple kolam .



The next design in the image above, is also of 7 to 1 dot template.  It is also a very easy rangoli with dots and can be drawn in a short time.  Draw the pattern  at the centre.  Add the outer motif or pattern in orange colours one by one, connected to the centre with a small rhombus to use up the dots.  This very simple rangoli design is ready.

7 to 4 dots small kolam 

The next kolam - with a 7 by 4 dot grid ( idukku pulli ).  A simple, small yet attractive kolam and hence suitable for drawing at the entrance of our homes.  Draw the two outer and inner hexagons. Decorate the space between the hexagons with patterns as shown.  Use the remaining dots to draw floral and petals.  Add more decorations according to your imagination.


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Another kolam with the same dot grid 7 to 4 - the design drawn using some simple patterns.  The images below showing two of the intermediate steps.

This is a vaasal kolam ( transliteration for entrance kolam or rangoli ) and is quite common in Tamil Nadu.  Though it is simple it is quite beautiful when completed.  When we add patterns as shown ( spiral patterns in the rhombus, curlicues and circles at the centre ) it becomes even more beautiful.  The dot pattern used in 7 to 4 (idukku pulli ).  Like most kolam designs draw the geometric patterns at the centre.  Draw rhombuses around the centre.  Connecting the central design with the outer patterns through the curved lines as shown completes the kolam.  I have added a few simple patterns


 Two intermediate steps for this kolam

simple-kolam-2.jpgsimple-kolam-1.jpgThe next kolam in this series of simple kolam after the immensely popular 4 dot and 5 dot kolam in Rangoli sans dots.  I have shown the kolam in two stages.  The dot pattern used is 7 by 7.  Using this dot grid draw floral or leaf patterns starting from the central dot, radiating towards the edges.  Complete the kolam with petals and patterns resembling rose buds.Add green and pink to represent leaves and floral petals respectively.

Why should we learn many rangoli designs 

Why does one need to know or practice many rangolis. Why do we need to combine the many motifs, designs in various combinations to arrive at new designs.  Why would one need free hand designs and rangoli with dots.  All these questions are answered when we know the philosophy behind the art of rangolis.  Rangolis are drawn at the entrance of homes.  The reasons attributed are many.  One of them is that they are drawn to welcome guests.  Since they are drawn with rice flour or rangoli powder or a mixture of both, at the end of the day the design drawn gets erased.  Ephemeral is an adjective associated with rangoli quite often. It   lasts for a very short time, only for one day.  It cannot be preserved when drawn with rangoli or rice powder. Hence the necessity to draw new, newer rangolis.  Obviously, repeating the same designs means the person who draws and those who view will lose interest.  In such an art like rangoli novelty is welcome.
So the need to think of, practise and draw new and different types every day. It is practically not possible to draw rangolis in the literal sense (i.e with colours ) every day.  We usually draw plain designs daily and with colours for occasions and festivals.  

Rangoli-sans-dots theme 

From time immemorial humans probably have been fascinated by the colours, patterns, designs, symmetry and geometry in nature.The stripes and spots on the skins of animals , the beauty of flowers, the arrangement of leaves, seeds in fruits, colourful birds and fishes are some examples of  nature  showing  off its  mastery in the above criteria We humans naturally  try to imitate  nature  in  our own humble way through drawings,  patterns in knitting, stitching.......All countries, cultures   have their own  traditions,  customs and hobbies  that bring  out colourful designs and patterns. They have all contributed  to a wonderful collage of designs and patterns, a huge one but still a minuscule portrayal of what  nature can  display ostentatiously.All countries and their cultures, customs and hobbies have made our world more beautiful, a more wonderful place to live in. All countries big and small, all cultures past and present have made their own contributions to our "collage of arts "One of the elements of this collage is the Indian RANGOLI  or KOLAM

There are many art forms like the Rangoli of India.  I have been trying to discover through the 'net more visual art forms of India and also of the world.  Another important art form in India -  women  of the Warli tribe have been drawing about nature and used objects  found in nature. Warli art of Maharashtra in India has been there for centuries.  Drawn by women  of the Warli tribe, the paintings are filled with lines, circles,  triangles and other simple geometric shapes to represent nature.   They radiate happiness, joy.  Another member, an ancient one in  our  collage of  arts
Then there is the celtic wire design that is a beautiful art and is similar to our sikku kolam patterns to some extent.
 Poovidal is another type of floral arrangement  of Kerala,  the contribution of  Tamil Nadu to the collage of arts and crafts, is immeasurable.  One important contribution  is the Thanjavur painting (Tanjore painting).  These paintings are very beautiful and radiate holiness.  I am fortunate to have two such paintings - of Krishna and Lakshmi.

Mysore paintings like Tanjore paintings depict Hindu Gods and Goddesses. (Wikipedia states that both Mysore and Tanjore paintings are products of the same school of painting)

Zentangles and rangolis

I discovered recently that zentangles are repeated patterns drawn on various surfaces.  There are many art forms in our " collage of arts " , zentangle is one of them..  What is common between zentangle and rangoli is that zentangles are drawn free hand as also rangoli without dots.   Both art forms convey a message when seen as a whole or as a part. Art they say is good for the mind and brain.  So let us practice any one art or craft form that we are comfortable with - drawing or painting or zentangling or rangoli so that we get exercise for the mind
Fortunately schools here also are giving importance to art including zentangling.  I was pleasantly surprised when my daughter brought this zentangle home from school.  I think she has done a pretty decent job. The design radiates from the centre like a free hand rangoli design with different patterns in each ( shall I call it sector ). I think each pattern drawn is beautiful and different.  One thing is for sure, we need a lot of patience to draw this beautiful art form.

The image above is a zentangle drawn by my daughter for her school project. She wanted me to add this and other art ideas done by her in Rangoli-sans-dots.

For more rangoli / kolam / muggulu with dots 

A collection of 30 simple kolam ( 4 to 9 dots ) videos - 30 kolam for 30 days in a month is at 30 kolam designs on my YouTube ChannelThe videos view time is 30 minutes.