Margazhyi Kolams Day27:

Meerabai was a beloved and true devotee of Krishna who composed lots of bhajan for Lord Krishna and wanted to marry Krishna . finally she merges into the idol of Lord Krishna .
In South India , similar to Meerabai we have Aandal who composed songs for Lord Ranganatha( Vishnu) and was a true devotee of lord Ranganatha and wanted to marry him. Aandal’ s wish comes true and she gets fully decked up as a bride to marry the Lord and like Meerabai she too merges into Ranganatha’ s idol.
Margazhi day 27 is called ” koodarai” and is special for Aandal

A special hairdo is an important part of a south Indian bride’s attire similar to the bharatanatyam dance style. One of the ornaments worn on the hair is the ” Rakodi” .

Day 27: Today I have drawn a rangoli similar to the ornament “Rakodi “which Aandal would wear as one of the ornaments as a bride.

Margazhyi Kolams Day26:

Day 26: On this Saturday a simple kolam depicting Hanuman , the monkey God,a true Bhakth of Lord Shri Ram wearing the ” Namam” which is one of the symbols of Lord Vishnu

Margazhyi Kolams Day25:

The festival of Arudra Darisanam also called Thiruvadirai . It is connected with the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva as Nataraja in Tamil month of margazhyi on the Full moon day.
Special pujas and rituals are done at the Chidambaram Nataraja Temple in Tamil Nadu
Shiva Carries a (trishul) trident, a damru , has serpents around his body, he is pleased when bilva leaves are offered to him. The bilva leaves are green in colour and three in a stalk resembling the trishul . Om namaha shivaya is a mantra associated with Lord Shiva.

Day 25: I have drawn a A radial kolam on the festival day
of ” Thiruvadirai” .
My kolam has a trishul, Om, damru , the three horizontal stripes of viboothi that a Shiva devotee wears ( Ravana was a staunch devotee of Shiva) and the third eye of Lord Shiva in the centre along with the bilva leaves at the top on either side of the kolam .
I have excluded the serpent as I am very scared of their sight.

Margazhyi Kolams Day24:

The kolam is drawn using two methods , the dry rice flour and the wet rice flour . The wet rice flour method is called the ” makolam” and is normally used for special occasions to hold on to the kolam for a longer time. I am not yet comfortable with this method.
In “makolam” a piece of cloth or paper is dipped into the wet rice flour liqid paste , placed between 3 fingers & pressed, the fingers act like a pen with the wet paste spreading evenly in a smooth continuous flow.

I also find the floral free hand patterns difficult. I feel both involve more dexterity, speed, concentration and coordination between hand and eye and practice too.

Day 24: I thought of attempting a bigger size free hand floral kolam since I have been avoiding it for long

Margazhyi Kolams Day21:

” Vaikunta Ekadashi” a very auspicious day in Hindu calendar . It is considered to be the day on which the doors of Vaikunta (heaven) will be kept open for the devotees. Special poojas are performed in all Vishnu temples . Many people fast on this day
Vishnu is identified with four symbols: (conch-shell) shankh, sudarshan chakra, (mace) gada and a lotus . Vishnu has a tilak on his forehead called the ” namam”
Vishnu devotees normally wear this namam symbol while Shiva devotees wear the three striped viboothi ( sacred ash).

Day 21: A Sikku kolam, with Lord Vishnu’ s Namam in the centre and the sudarshan chakra and shanka on either sides of the Namam.

Margazhyi Kolams Day20:

There is a nip in the air. Winter has just set in and I long for sunshine . A sunflower resembles the sun and also faces the rising sun as it blooms in the morning.
This Sunday morning I longed for sunshine and a sunflower
too in an open field would have longed to face the rising Sun to open up and face the wintry morning , so a thought came , “Vidya, How about trying out a radial sunflower kolam?”

Day 20: A Sunflower radial kolam on a Sunday

Margazhyi Kolams Day19:

Hanuman is a fascinating real superhero God from our Hindu mythology . During my primary schooling days when we were residing in New Delhi, we would go to watch the” Ramlila ” in the play ground close to our home during Navratri time. Watching Pavanputra with monkey mask and Ravana with his 10 headed mask come alive on the stage was one of the most interesting things. Those days Amar Chitra Katha books introduced us to the mythological stories . The pictorials in the book helped the kids to visualize the characters and watching them perform on real stage added to the excitement.
Hanumanji would be the favourite of the kids as the actor would also come near the kids before the show wielding his mace up in the air and swinging his long tail to add to the thrill of the kids.

Usually Saturday is said to be special for jai Bajrang Bali .

Day 19: On a Saturday:-Depiction of Lord Anjaneya carrying the mountain

Margazhyi Kolams Day18:

The block print face design of Kalamkari art form captivates me very much. Fridays are said to be auspicious for Devi Ma and I was tempted to try the popular kalamkari block print face design to depict the Goddess. I was very much aware that I would not be able to do justice to the beauty of the face as in the original , yet I decided to make an attempt.
It was a back bending exercise, once I release the powder from the fingers , I can’t go back as there is no editing option unlike a pencil nd an eraser . The final result does falll very much short in comparison to the original , nevertheless I enjoyed the process. Thankyou Devi Ma 🙏🙏🙏

Day 18: Depicting “Devi Ma” on a friday