12 pulli kambi kolam Margali kolams

    Step by step images for this big kambi kolam.  


The step by step pictures  below




Such kolangal can be drawn for Margazhi kolams or Pongal too .  Kambi koams are popular during Pongal festival.  I have used a compact dot grid i.e the space between dots are less so that it is easy to present the images.  The problem is that more concentration than usual is needed to draw long lines between/among the dots  because it is very easy to get lost   Drawing long lines comes with practice,  it is difficult but overall gives a beautiful effect because joints at the junction of line segments can be reduced,  the longer the lines , lesser the joints.  If the junctions are visible we have to fill up with kola podi .  If we do this at many places the beauty may get reduced.  


3 pulli 3 varisai kolam daily purpose

 All the kolam below have step by step images ( in the reverse order ) because sometimes just by looking at the image it may not be possible to draw some designs.  So it will be helpful for all including beginners 

A cute 3 pulli kolam 




How to draw birds kolam with just three dots

Flower kolam using 3 pulli




A simple rangoli design with 3 by 3 dots




Beautiful and intricate kolam with 3 dots !






While we would like to maintain our tradition, save our heritage , nowadays time is an important factor .  Many of us are working and have to balance personal and official lift.  Consequently the need for quick and easy kolam.  We can try big and elaborate designs for festivals and functions and reserve small kolangal for our daily use.

Also nowadays most live in flats and the space available to draw kolam is restricted.  This is also a reason why small and simple kolams are in great demand.

The pictures give some ideas on how we can create beautiful designs with just three dots.  Sky is the limit when we let our imagination run riot .  It is possible to create beautiful kolams using the samllest dot grids.  Hope the above pictures prove it.

One important point to be noted is that small kolams that are drawn with dots can also be drawn without dots.  However many of us find using dot grid to draw kolam useful and we are comfortable with this technique of drawing with dot grids.

Ananta Vrata Pooja , rangoli

This 15 by 15 dot rangoli is Anant Vrat special drawn in some parts of India

Ananta Vratha festival

Ananta Vrata is celebrated on the fourteenth day before the full moon day in the month of Bhadrapada ( usually falls between 15th of August and 15th of September ).  While Jeevthi Pooja is celebrated by a mother for the welfare of her children, Ananta Vrata is celebrated for the welfare of the couple for fourteen years from the year of the marriage .

It performed using a khalasa as we do for Varalakshmi Vratham.  A vessel is filled with water and a red cloth tied around it. In some families a snake like shape is made from darba grass and placed inside the vessel.  Two red strings with fourteen knots are placed in pooja.   After the Pooja  the strings are tied to the the right shoulder.  This ananta as it is called is preserved till the Puja for the next year.  This ritual is continued for fourteen years after which it is completed  for that particular couple.  

Kheer made from wheat and dosa without fermentation is offered to Ananta Padmanabha.  My mother prepared what is called guloni a side dish for the dosa. Guloni is made from rice and grated coconut.
Rice is fried in ghee and soaked in water. After half an hour grated coconut is added to this rice. Cardamom. powder is also added.  Grind the mixture in a mixer. Boil on a stove for a few minutes.  Add sugar according to your taste.
Dosa without fermentation is by using the flour immediately after grinding without allowing it to ferment.

 Another important offering is sweet dosa.
Maida and wheat flour are taken in the ratio 1:1. For one measure of  maida or wheat flour add three-fourth measure of jaggery. Jaggery is grated and added to water till it soaks well. Filter it to remove stones if present !.

In this solution add the maida and wheat flour mixture , cardamom powder and stir well.  This wet flour is used to make sweet dosa.


Mangala Gowri Pooja and Vratha

Mangala Gowri festival, Vrat  is performed for first five years after marriage.  The idol of Mangala Gowri is handed over to the married lady.  She performs this puja every year after marriage for five years on Sravana Tuesday (Mangala vaar) i.e on all Tuesdays of the month.  This is done for a happy married life.  Betel leaves and nuts ( eight numbers) are offered to Goddess (Gowri or Parvathi) and eaten by the husband and wife.  Offerings include wheat flour modhakam and a kheer with wheat flour ball in milk.  Sixteen wicks are made from cotton, dipped in ghee and aarti is performed with these wicks.

Mangala Gowri Pooja story

It is said that a girl in whose family Mangala Gowri Pooja was performed regularly was married at an early age.  Goddess Mangala Gowri came in here dream and told her " Lady, you have married recently ,  tonight a cobra will come and try to bite your husband.  Keep a vessel filled with milk nearby.  The cobra will enter to drink the milk.  Close the vessel with a cloth and tie it .  Give it to your mother as gift ( also called Van in Marathi )

When she gave it to her mother she was surprised to see that the cobra had turned into flowers due to the grace of Goddess Mangala Gowri .

Hence it is believed that performing this Pooja will give long life to the husband 

Mangala Gowri Vrat rangoli.

Watch the video and try this trendy and easy rangoli for the festival decoration


Mangala Gowri Puja Naivedyam | Mangala Gauri Naivedya

Make pooran with grated coconut and jaggery.  For one cup coconut, three fourth cup jaggery powder is added.  Add ghee and roast in a shallow vessel.  Add cardamom powder when both stick to each other but do not stick to the vessel
Make dough as we do for chappati or poori.
Roll the dough to get a mini poori 
Place pooran at the centre and fold the edges.
Fry in oil
Offer sixteen numbers to the Goddess 

Pinnal kolam designs for daily kolangal

Pinnal kolam images for Margazhi | Pongal 

First kolam  with 7 to 1 dots

This kolam is quite small and easy and in a couple of steps in the images below



This is a beautiful kolam that can be drawn with 5,7,9,11 dots etc.  The bigger the dot pattern the concentration required is more. Here the dot pattern is 5 dots - 3 rows, 4,3,2,1



This kolam has a combination of two fractals.  In the first image we can see the first fractal being used.  The dot pattern is 9 to 1



Another beautiful kolam . A non standard dot grid is used .  The dot pattern is 9 dots 4 rows then 4 dots - 2 rows then 2 dots one row


Add colours and free hand patterns to enhance the beauty

This is not a classical pinnal kolam,  a design I created .  The principle is the same, - lines around the dot grid. which is 7 by 7 dots



Another common kolam , the dot pattern is 9 dots 3 rows, 7 dots - 2 rows then 3 dot - 2 rows



This design is a simple vasal kolam , only white - the dot pattern is 9 to 1


Another vasal kolamthe dot pattern being 9 dots one row, 7 dots one row, 5 dots one row, then 3 dots , with some extra dots


step 2

Pinnal kolam - pinnal means plaits of hair - is another name for these type of kolams. - since there is similarity in the twists and turns in the plaits and these kolam.  We draw the lines around the dot grid to get a design that is usually has bilateral symmetry , some have unilateral symmetry.
Please note that due to the position of the camera which was again due to some constraints side view of the kolams are seen.  This will not make a difference when there is bilateral symmetry but in the case of those with unilateral symmetry .  This will be evident when we observe the images carefully

Please note that since there are thousands of designs ,  some kolam I may have drawn again but the same images do not repeat usually

Oodu pulli kolam 7-4 dots rangoli

7 to 4 dots rangoli kolam for daily purpose 



The result is a simple and beautiful kolam .  We can also draw it for Navarathri golu , Deepavali or New Year

7-4 dots vilakku kolam  for entrance of house




This kolam and the next one can be drawn on Fridays at the vasal or for Deepavali and Karthigai Deepam Thiruvizha




A simple hexagon based daily vasal kolam with 7 to 4 dots



Oodu pulli kolam also known as idukku pulli kolam use the dot pattern that increase by 1 when counted from the  top or bottom  or decrease by 1 when counted from the centre .  Due to the closely placed dots we can draw more intricate patterns as seen in the first kolam, i.e birds.
The most common are 5-3 dots, 7-4 dot pattern and 9-5 dot grid.  These kolams can be used for our daily purpose kolangal at the entrance.