10 Exquisite Pongal Rangoli Designs to Celebrate the Harvest Festival With and Why You Should Practice This Ancient Art (2019)

10 Exquisite Pongal Rangoli Designs to Celebrate the Harvest Festival With and Why You Should Practice This Ancient Art (2019)

Rangoli or kolam is an ancient art form that is slowly dying out only to be followed during festivals. During festivals, women in the family create beautiful designs in front of their homes. Kolam can be either dotted or drawn free hand. We have beautiful kolams at all complexity levels so that even if you are a beginner you can do one of these stunning designs for Pongal. Do you know why Rangoli or Kolams are considered important? Read below for everything to know about Rangolis.

Significance of Making Rangoli

Rangolis Have a Spiritual Connection

Did you know that not only Pongal rangoli designs but all rangoli designs have an amazing spiritual connection? The meaning of Rangoli is “Celebration of Colors” and ever since the ancient time, it is considered as a religious ritual to make Rangolis on all important occasions. Rangolis strike the perfect chord with spiritual positivity across the environment surrounding you. Hence, they are considered very auspicious and positive.

They are Seen as a Symbol of Auspiciousness

Indian mythology has always had the mention of Rangolis in it. They were seen as the symbol of celebration and prosperity. Hence Indians believe in making them till now. Rangolis portray various colours and beautiful designs which directly indicate towards happier times and smiling faces. The good vibes fill the environment with all sorts of positivity and hence they are considered auspicious in Indian traditions.

Rangolis Channelise Energy Levels Too

One of the most interesting facts regarding Rangolis is that with each different design and colours used, Rangolis channelize different energy vibrations into the environment. The frequency changes with size, colours and designs of the rangolis and also seen as the connection between humans and divine energy. You can actually feel strong energy/force surrounding your presence and it channelizes positivity.

10 Beautiful Pongal Rangoli Designs for Your Home

Peacock Rangoli 7x1 Dots

Let’s start this list of Pongal rangoli designs with one of the most popular and graceful rangoli design here. This one is a simple peacock rangoli design which has been prepared by the dot method. This makes it easier to make and you won’t be having any further complications as well. The 7 x 1 dot technique has been used to make the outline of this rangoli. The design is precise and small but still has the perfect grace and beauty in it.

The beautiful rangoli is made using peacock blue, pink, yellow, white and green colours together. The outline of white marks the wonderful texture of the rangoli while the use of yellow colour makes it bright and flamboyant. This rangoli is perfect to make for the occasion of Pongal, outside the main entrance of your home. The eye-catching design will greet everyone with warmth and great positivity too. You can find the complete step by step guide of creating it through the given YouTube video.

Maatu Pongal Kolam Design

Looking for a more traditional and very authentic rangoli design for Pongal? Well, you are going to love this Maatu Pongal Kolam design which is very traditional and depicts the rituals of Pongal really well.
In fact, it is one of the oldest and most popular kinds of designs here. Women usually make it on the ground itself by accumulating a base of yellow soil. After making a nice thick base, they draw this rangoli over it to mark the celebration of Pongal.

This rangoli has the designs of cow and its calf, sugar cane, sun and all the important stuff required for Pongal Puja. This one is a great depiction of customs and rituals done on Pongal and has a very beautiful vibe. It is actually quite easy to make too but you need to mark the outline first through white chalk.

Pongal Pot Kolam Design

The tradition of Pongal must be clearly depicted through the Pongal kolam rangoli designs and keeping this in mind, we decided on our next pick. This one is a Pongal pot kolam design showcasing the importance of pot in Pongal. According to the rituals, Pot is put on the fire and Pongal rice is cooked and allowed to boil and spill over.

This tradition is seen as the symbol of prosperity and financial improvement in life. So, making this rangoli showcases the same tradition where you need to draw a pot and rice spilling over from it. Beautiful colours like pink, green, orange and white are used for it. You can write Happy Pongal on top of it. This Rangoli is quite simple to make and you can make the process even easier by marking the outlines through white rangoli colour.

Margazhi Kolam 3x2 Dots Design

You should know that Margazhi Kolam designs are different from that of traditional rangoli designs. Interestingly, they are not made using any colours but white and still look very stunning. Margazhi Kolam designs are made especially for Pongal and must be made on a dark background. The one that we have chosen over here is a 3 x 2 dot Margazhi Kolam which is quite simple to make and mostly based on joining the dots only.

The simple design starts by joining the dots and making a start out of it. You can also add twists in it according to the design you want. The design here is entirely based on leaves and semi-circles. It is enlarged in the same manner and does not require much effort to be made. You can fill out the designs from within in whichever way you want. However, only white colour is used.

Colourful Happy Pongal 9x1 Dot Design

Okay, so our next pick amongst the Pongal rangoli designs is a tricky and quite elaborated one. This one is full of colours and has a 9x1 dot style. So, you will have to mark the dots first and then connect them to make the outline of the rangoli. This one is also a pot rangoli pattern but it is different from the earlier design as it is made by connecting the dots while the earlier one was free-hand.

In fact, this rangoli is also bigger than ever so you will need a lot of patience while making it. The video attached is going to help you out with the steps. The colours required for this rangoli is obviously white for the outline, pink, blue, turquoise, green etc. The design turns out to be super pretty at the end so keep your hands steady and start practising it.

Sankranti Muggulu Design

The next design in here is called Sankranti Muggulu design and it is quite similar to that of Margazhi Kolam. However, apart from white colour, the blue colour is also used in the rangoli but no dot technique is used in its making.

The design is made by making a large circle with white colour powder. You can use the cap of a bottle or small jar to spread the outline outwards and form semi-circular patterns in the outline. The same is followed by the inner circle and in the small semi-circles, the blue colour is filled to give a nice contrast. Fill out blue colour in the middle part and decorate it with an occasional white colour. You can make the modifications on your own by using more colours and patterns.

Unique Flower Pongal Rangoli

If you are looking for very simple rangoli designs which can be made with very fewer efforts required then you are going to love the unique flower rangoli that we picked for you. It is entirely made up of flower petals and it is quite simple to make it as well. You are going to need white Jasmine flowers, yellow and orange marigold flowers, some red roses and any other flowers of your choice with versatile colour options.

You can start by putting rose petals in a small circle. Outline it with yellow petals and then orange. You can use white and red rose petals for the decoration and filling in between. Now, keep on repeating the outlines with orange and yellow petals with orange being the outermost outline. Use white jasmine flowers to decorate it. You can also use diyas and lamps to decorate the rangoli and make it look even more beautiful.

Flower Pongal Rangoli with 9x4 Dots

This Rangoli design is prepared by using xX4 dot method and it turns out to be quite large and apt for the occasion of Pongal. Like most of the designs mentioned here, this one also includes a pot to portray the traditions of Pongal. However, instead of sticking to only white colours, they have used so many different colours in it like brown, pink, green, orange etc.

The major change here is that they haven’t used the typical burning pot design here. Instead, they turned it into a flower vase with so many flowers and petals coming out through it. It looks quite beautiful and perfect for the occasion of Pongal too. The design might seem a bit tricky but once you make the pot, you can easily carry it out.

Diya and Burning Pongal Pot Rangoli

The next one in the list of Pongal rangoli designs is quite a unique design. However, it has the common factor of burning pot in it which is considered to be an inseparable ritual of Pongal. But instead of making it in the home, it is made outside on the base of yellow soil. The beautiful design has the elements of fire, burning wood, pot, spilling rice, sugarcane and lightened lamps which are all about various aspects of Pongal.

Sugarcane represents the culture of South India while the enlightened lamps show the positivity and brightness that Pongal brings into people’s lives. Colors required for making this Rangoli are red, white, yellow, green, brown, blue and many more. This simple yet graceful design is made by making the outlines first either from white chalk or from white colour. And make sure to draw the rising sun on top of it as a tribute to lord sun.

Sankranti Dhanurmasam Rangoli Design

The last rangoli in this section is probably the most beautiful out of them all. There is no doubt that it is super large and going to cover a great area but the repetitiveness of the design in this rangoli keeps it easy to make. All you need is a steady hand and some patience for it. It is made by the 5x1 dot design and starts by making a circle in the middle of the dots. You just need to create arcs and keep on joining them to finally make something big.

This one is a Margazhi kolam and hence only white colour is used. It is known as Sankranti Dhanurmasam Muggulu design and it is quite easy to make as well. The easy steps in the video will help you out in its making.

How to Make the Perfect Rangoli

Pongal rangoli designs mentioned above are easy to make and with the dot technique, it becomes even simpler to make them. However, things can get difficult for someone who is a total beginner at it. So, we decided to help you out in it by sharing some important and very useful tips to make perfect rangoli every single time.

Always Draw The Outlines First

You just cannot make a random design and fill it with colours to call it a rangoli. You really need to follow step by step process to ace the ultimate Rangoli design. And to make it easier, you should try doing the outlines first. You can use a white rangoli colour or simply chalk to draw the outlines. This will make it much simpler for you to do things precisely without spilling the colours into one another.

Keep Your Hand Steady And Be Patient

The process of making rangoli kolam can be very tiring mainly because some designs are quite large and elaborated. However, you really need to be patient enough to complete the design. Make sure to keep your hands steady while making outlines and while filling the colours on the edge. Colours peeping out of the boundary can look very messy and you would not want to do this mistake over and over again.

Decorate It

If you want to ace the rangoli game then you really need to put some extra efforts into it. A decorated rangoli looks way more beautiful than that of a simple one. No matter how amazing design you make or how many different colours you have used, you cannot beat the decoration part with it. You can use flowers, diyas, lamp stand etc. to decorate your rangoli and the efforts required in it is next to zero.

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Don't Let Go of Ancient Rituals

Kolams, though traditional and have their origin centuries ago, have evolved with the ages and have quite a few modern designs too. If you are new to kolams, you can try one of our easier designs before trying your hand at the more complex designs. You can also make it a family time and involve your kids too. It will do good for them to keep in touch with our culture and age-old rituals. Not only is it a pretty artwork to adorn your home with, but it also brings positivity and divine energy to your homes.