Unlike other floor arts, Kolams are drawn daily at door steps in Tamil Nadu. A kolam is believed to keep the house safe by warding off evil and impure energies.
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It is usually drawn during the festival of Makar Sankranti, covering large areas. Common designs depicted are farming tools, flowers, utensils and other agriculture related motifs.
Floors and walls of houses are decorated with these designs by women of the Meena community in Rajasthan. It is a floor art for Diwali, drawn on specially prepared surfaces using cow dung mixed with local clay.
Practiced usually by Kurup and Pulava communities of Kerala in temples. They are colorful depictions of gods and goddesses using natural colors. Deities include Bhadrakali, Ayyapan and Kamadeva.
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Common in Maharashtra, Rangoli is a term generally referring to floor paintings across India.They are believed to represent happiness and prosperity by welcoming Goddess Lakshmi of luck and good wealth.
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