Padi kolam- rangoli with lines- lines muggulu

Big and grand padi kolam can be drawn for important functions like marriage, grahapravesam. 

This series of pictures should be self explanatory.  Decorate with kaavi powder mixed in water.

Big padi kolam  | Grand padi kolam | Kalyana padi kolam designs


Drawing thin very long lines comes with practice so we can draw the squares separately also.


Connecting the squares with more lines .Adding curved lines enhances the beauty of the kolam.Paisleys also add to the beauty of any design.

Padi kolam or muggulu usually start with a square base and are expanded.  They are invariably drawn free hand and rarely with dots.  I will try to add some padi kolam with dots too.  Padi kolam can be drawn on all auspicious occasions like weddings, ( marriage ) , house warming, and for festivals - Ugadi rangoli, Pongal kolam and any other festival.


The first kolam in this series is a classical and very traditional padi kolam with square base and step like formations ( padi is steps in Tamil ) on all four sides .  The edges are decorated with simple patterns and the four sides are decorated with what appear like lamps or deepam on a temple gopuram or tower.  Hence this kolam or muggulu may a suitable theme fora special  Karthigai Deepam deepam kolam . A number of images are given and they are self explanatory.  Hope you enjoy drawing this kolam because I too did like it a lot.  This can be categorised under line kolam too as we form the pattern with a number of straight lines.

I try to keep them simple so that they can be practised by beginners or learners too.

These designs can be drawn for Fridays and festivals like Varalakshmi Vratham , Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi , Navaratri for nine days and of course Dusshera.  They can also be drawn in the Puja room for Diwali
Padi kolam are old rangoli drawn with two colors white and kaavi border ( red ochre )

Easy rangoli designs with lines for Diwali

This is a basic padi kolam , it probably qualifies as a padi kolam or steps rangoli ( a transliteration )
because of the square centre through drawn differently.  The images I hope will be self explanatory.



A traditional padi kolam for Margazhi or Dhanurmasam



Traditional padi kolam , creative rangoli design for Diwali

The traditional padi kolam or geethala muggu or rangoli designs with lines is drawn for auspicious occasions , so we can draw it for an auspicious festival like Diwali also and for Margazhi Fridays.  We can also draw it for New Year kolam  instead of the other designs we try for a  change.  Please try for Diwali 2016.

The beauty of the padi kolam is unique and totally different.  The final image may appear somewhat confusing but when we watch a video , it will be definitely helpful  in learning it quite easily.



Padi kolam for festivals - Navaratri, Karthigai or New Year / Sankranti rangoli designs with lines

My padi kolam videos on YouTube 

   YouTube padi kolam video are available on my channel  Rangolisansdots.  This collection includes mainly padi kolam and some rangoli designs with lines. It includes some new padi kolam types also,  All kolam are drawn by hand  to get that naturalistic appearance and are not drawn  on  a computer  
four lines kolam 


  I have tried  a free hand version.  First draw four straight  lines (we can draw more or less lines according to our convenience),  Then draw four lines perpendicular to this set, again four more perpendicular to the second set.  Finally complete with the pattern with  lines so that a small square is formed at the centre.  Using these straight lines form four petals from each set of lines such that they face four different directions. Fill the square at the centre with pink colour.  Choose the colours for the design ( I have chosen yellow, blue, red and green) so that a colourful design symmetrical in pattern and colours is formed. . When drawn plain it is a very simple and easy rangoli.

The image below show how simple this line kolam or line muggulu is.


If we want a bigger kolam - for the festivals like Navratri, Varalakshmi Vratham , the lines rangoli ( geethala muggulu ) below based on the padi kolam theme - it is not exactly a padi kolam should be useful.  The images show the steps for this kolam.



Another lines rangoli or muggulu with lines with a hexagon at the centre. Such designs can be drawn on Fridays as dwara muggulu .  For Fridays we decorate the rangoli with kaavi.  With just a number of parallel and intersecting lines we can get beautiful patterns in these rangoli designs with lines.



Another rangoli with lines this time using a 5 to 3 dot grid.  Usually these designs are drawn free hand, I have tried one using a small dot grid so that it is easy to practice.  The images below give us the steps



One more padi kolam, this time a relatively big one that can be drawn on Fridays, for festivals like Ugadi, Tamil New Year.  The number  of images below show the steps in detail.  Some padi kolam designs after completion may appear confusing but they are very simple with lines drawn parallel and perpendicular to some reference point and then interconnecting with curved lines.  Decorations can be made, free hand according to our imagination to make the padi kolam more  attractive.

An advanced padi kolam for Pongal or Sankranti ( பொங்கல் படி கோலங்கள் )




Padi kolam are also drawn for festivals like Navratri, Varalakshmi Vratham

For festivals it is preferable to have five lines , usually we use four or five lines.  The images below show a basic and hence easy padi kolam that can be drawn quite easily because only the central square pattern is used with decorations at the corners, inside - simple  free hand patterns.
An apartment padi kolam - small and easy for beginners
A chinna padi kolam or small padi kolam  for learning.



The latest addition to this gallery of  padi kolam designs and other kolam with lines is a simple kolam that can be drawn  for Tamil New Years Day 2016.

The images show some of the steps in drawing this padi kolam.



Decorate with a kaavi border.

One more rangoli design with lines only.  I hae used a star pattern and on the edges I have drawn the krishnan dindu pattern that is regularly used in kanya kolam and padi kolam.  The patterns intersect to form a labyrinth like formation.  As usual the final picture may appear confusing but when drawn as elements it is quite easy and it is only repetition of the lines and patterns. The images below should be useful for giving an idea and the better option would be to view the videos on my YouTube Channel - Rangolisansdots as videos are usually more informative than pictures.



Such muggu can be drawn for festivals like Varamahalakshmi Pooja or Vratha, Sravan month , Fridays and functions like betrothal ( Nitschaya dhartham ) , house warming , seemantham ( baby showers ) and many other functions.
Now the above kolam is a bit complicated, we may want to draw a very simple padi kolam or lines rangoli on Fridays.  On Fridays I prefer padi kolam at the entrance and a kaavi border for padi kolam or any rangoli is a rule for me !

In case you are looking for a very simple and basic padi kolam for Friday or for festivals like Navratri, Avani Avittam, Varalakshmi Vratham or Pooja or house warming functions this kolam may fit the bill. I have drawn the central square with 4 lines and the outer triangle has been  filled with four lines.  After drawing the lines, add the outer floral decorations and the peripheral decorations  as shown.


One more simple padi kolam or geethala muggu as my mother used to say in Telugu , for festive occasions like Navratri or Varalakshmi Nonbu or habba .   There is no starting problem in padi kolam because we invariably start with square pattern at the centre with 4 or 5 line drawn as shown.  The central space left is filled with a pair of diagonals and  dots.  Next draw the set of four lines on four sides of the square. Connect these four line patterns with curved lines as shown. Thenext step is to draw the the pair of curved lines as shown in the third photo. The gaps on the four corners of the squares are filled with some free hand patterns,  similarly the four sides  are also decorated with simple patterns.

An apartment padi kolam


Latest padi kolam 

This is the latest addition to my collection to this family of rangoli designs with lines
One more easy padi kolam step by step.  As usual draw the square base.  In the previous design  we drew a set of four lines parallel  to the square , we draw set of four lines inclined to the square and touching  the edges  as  shown in the images below. Then connect the gaps  on the four sides with two sets of curved lines as shown.  Finally add lotus patterns  and floral petals to complete the padi kolam design . An beautiful and simple design for Friday  vaasal padi kolam.



Geethala muggu or lines muggu can form part of the rangoli celebrations during  the Sankranti season.  While elaborate  and colourful designs with dots are drawn outside the house we can draw such muggulu inside the house because such traditional muggu reflect the festive spirit to a great extent.  A simple muggu for Sankranthi festival season , the images showing the step by step procedure.  Actually the final picture may be confusing to some but actually these designs  are very simple, the only area requiring our concentration is that the lines should be as parallel as humanly possible. Remember we are drawing without the aid  of geometric  instruments like  scale or we are not using a piece of chalk to draw the template first.



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