2016-142 – Sanskar Bharati Rangoli Mandala

Sanskar Bharati Rangoli by Poonam Borkar
Sanskar Bharati Rangoli by Poonam Borkar

This week’s MotD theme: Rangolis

Software engineer, food blogger, and crafter/artisan, Poonam Borkar, of BlissfulStuff.com, made this exquisite rangoli of the Sanskar Bharati tradition. I love the bold and intricate patterns in white, with the bright, colorful backgrounds giving the white parts an additional boost of life. It amazes me how she, and others like her, make these beautiful art pieces with just sand/rice and their hands.

About this tradition, Poonam states:

Sanskar Bharti Rangoli is a traditional and beautiful decorative design made on the floor during festive occasions in Maharashtra (India). This is symbol of welcoming the guests and bringing positivity, prosperity in home. It has many symbolic icons which are religious like swastika, Lord Ganesha, lotus flower, Lakshmi step, and many more. It is really eye pleasing with bright colors and stands out due to bold designs made with white rangoli. For making this type of rangoli, all five fingers of hand are used, so design turns out bit bold and looks very attractive.

View more of Poonam’s beautiful rangolis via her blog site. You can also view her DIY videos via her Art and DIY page or her youtube.com site.

Inspiration for Today

Rangolis, like Tibetan Sand Mandalas, show us to be in the moment, to enjoy what stands before us because with one gust of wind or the sweep of a broom, the “design” goes away. It reminds us of our impermanence as humans on this planet and to be here now.

Happy Coloring!

If you would want your mandala or your idea for a mandala to be considered for the “Mandala of the Day”, read about how on the Participate page. It’s easy! Or recommend one you’ve seen via my Contact page.


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