Simple manai kolam designs small n easy

Rangoli for Varamahalakshmi kalasha decoration

Lakshmi Devi in the form of kalasha is welcomed inside the house.  She is placed on a manai on plank.  We draw a rangoli on the plank , a traditional design with lines.  This type of kolam is also drawn for weddings and other auspicious functions

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Draw straight lines at four corners
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neli or wriggling lines is an important part of this type of kolam and is drawn on both sides where possible
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Draw a simple free hand design at the centre after drawing the line patterns on both sides of the plank.  The words "Om Sri" are written at the top of the plank
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It is a tradition to decorate with kaavi.  We get kaavi or ochre powder.  It is mixed in water to get a thin paste that can be applied as a border for the kolam.  When such kolam are drawn at the entrance of a house it indicates that there is an auspicious function inside the house.

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The small and easy manai kolam after completion.
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The images show the steps for the next kolam

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Draw straight and curved lines on either side and then the neli ezhai.
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After decorating both sides of the manai with these patterns the central pattern is filled with a simple free hand design and the auspicious words "Om Sri".  It is not in tradition to draw a sikku kolam for these type of kolangal.

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Decorate with kaavi and complete the kolam

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