Kolam

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Kolams are thought to bestow prosperity to homes. Every morning in southern India, millions of women draw kolams on the ground with white rice powder. Through the day, the drawings get walked on, rained out, or blown around in the wind; new ones are made the next day.

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Every morning before sunrise, the floor of the owners house ,or where ever it may be, is cleaned with water and the muddy floor is swept well for an even surface. The kolams are generally drawn while the surface is still damp so that it is held better. Occasionally, cow-dung is also used to wax the floors.

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In olden days, kolams used to be drawn in coarse rice flour, so that the ants don't have to work that much for to long for a meal. The rice powder is said to invite birds and other small critters to eat it, thus inviting other beings into one's home and everyday life: a daily tribute to harmonious co-existence. It is a sign of invitation to welcome all into the home, not the least of whom is Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of prosperity.

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The patterns range between geometric and mathematical line drawings around a matrix of dots to free form art work and closed shapes. Folklore has evolved to mandate that the lines must be completed so as to symbolically prevent evil spirits from entering the inside of the shapes, and thus are they prevented from entering the inside of the home.

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Kolam patterns can be drawn in different ways. generally the kolams based on dots can be drawn either by joining the dots by straight or curved lines or patterns can be created by drawing lines between and around the dots.

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It used to be a matter of pride to be able to draw large complicated patterns without lifting the hand off the floor standing up in between. The month of Margazhi was eagerly awaited by young women, who would then showcase their skills by covering the entire width of the road with one big kolam.

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The ritual kolam patterns created for occasions such as weddings can stretch all the way down streets. Patterns are often passed on generation to generation, from mother to daughter.

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Different Types of Kolam

Ma Kolam (Here is another kolam done with rice paste...)

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Different Types of Kolam
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Different Types of Kolam

Karthika vilakku kolam (Here is a kolam done on the occassion of Karthika Vilaku...)

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Different Types of Kolam
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Different Types of Kolam

Kolam on Narayaneeyam Day (A kolam on Narayaneeyam day)

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Different Types of Kolam
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A Kolam in the evening

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