During Diwali, Goddess Lakshmi is believed to visit our homes that are well decorated and lighting Diyas. People buy new clothes, want to look best in their attire. Presents are gifted to the children and new year greetings are exchanged through visits or Diwali cards. Thus, a Rangoli design is created on doorsteps to welcome everybody. Rangoli exudes a pattern in color.
Rangoli, in Diwali is a kind of floor painting, the central rangoli design is the symbolic one denoting the deity or the theme. The Rangoli designs are commonly created are lotus, fish, birds, snakes etc. which reflects the unity of man and beast.
Most of the rangoli designs are circular gives a sense of endlessness of time.
Celestial symbols such as the sun, moon and other zodiac signs are also common themes for rangoli. Layered with symbolism is the lotus denoting Goddess Lakshmi, the unfolding of life, the heart or the wheel.
Rangoli design with two interfaced triangles are created that indicates the deity of learning, Saraswati. Encircling this is a 24-petal lotus flower border, the outer circle being decorated with Lakshmi’s footprints repeated in four corners. Sometimes the lotus petals are made in a triangular shape for variety. In north Bihar, Lakshmi’s feet are drawn at the door, the toes pointing inwards to indicate her entrance.
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