Weekly Photo Challenge: Dance

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The Art of Rangoli is the ultimate dance form for me.

As my eyes follow the colorful lines curving through and around the perfectly spaced dots, my spirit soars… Dances in unison with the lines…

It’s Holi day…

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Holi hai!

The word Holi itself brings to my mind all things it is associated with.

The heat of the summer month of March – during which Holi is celebrated – the sweltering heat that makes you want to go stay immersed in cool waters all through the day…  It is said that on the Holi festival the heat is maximum because this is when Lord Shiva opened his third-eye to burn Manmatha (who disturbed his meditation) to ashes.

The never-too-below-the-surface Festive spirit of the Indian population…

The endless riot of colors – in several different forms – all over the vast country – whether in the Holi colors, the greenery in nature, the myriad hues on display out on the streets or in the vivid, wonderful, elaborate Holi Rangolis…

While it may be argued that the Indian mind does not need a lot to celebrate, IT’S HOLI!!! It’s Celebration itself! The rejoicing is ultimate…

So, sing Hooray! It’s a Holi-Holiday…

Thank you Boney M.

 

One Love…

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As my eyes fell on the two peacocks in the Rangoli gazing lovingly at each other, I had my answer.

For a long time, I had been pondering over the question – not very intent on the answer, but the question remained in my mind nevertheless.

Why is there this unquenchable thirst, an all-encompassing pressing need for a companion in this world? People reach out for love, seek out their mates endlessly, again and again, despite innumerable discouragements and setbacks.

It is almost like they are drawn to their partner almost unknowingly, by some universal force…

Then it hit me! Yes, it’s the Universe – bringing the two together always.

Of course, didn’t God create everything in pairs? No wonder every living being in Nature is drawn to its mate in a love that is universal and unique at the same time…

One Love.

Dancing lines…


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… and a splash of colors… The beauty of the Rangoli appeases my senses in more ways than one.

In fact, I feel it goes beyond the five senses and touches my soul.

As I gaze on and on at this amazing piece of creative art that is Rangoli, I am bathed in a glow of incredible peace and well-being.

The flowing lines and vibrant colors seem to have a therapeutic effect on me.

Is it the symmetry? Is it my penchant for order? The repeating patterns of lines and curves have a calming effect on my nerves…

The two sides of my brain – the left with its logical thinking and reasoning abilities, and the right with its intuitive abilities – seem to get balanced when I am creating, looking at Rangoli.

I feel centered, emotionally stable.

Rangoli, true to its meaning being associated with color and cheerfulness, with its symmetry and visual appeal, has a rejuvenating effect on me.

I am enamored by this Sacred Geometry, I am enraptured by this Divine Art of Rangoli.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Harmony

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“Harmony: noun; An orderly or pleasing combination of elements in a whole: color harmony; the order and harmony of the universe”

The above definition of the word describes exactly what I feel every time I see the above picture.

For a long time now, I have been trying to figure out exactly why I am so affected, so drawn to the art of Rangoli, and why I can’t seem to have enough of looking at them…

I concluded that it must be symmetry that is inherent in almost every Rangoli that appeals to the aesthetic sense.

The theme for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge has the perfect answer to my introspective query: Harmony

The colors, the lines and shapes (and the dots, if present) – all the elements blend in the most amazing way – in perfect harmony – to form a pleasing and consistent whole, to create beauty in a Rangoli.

The synonyms to Harmony are listed as: balance, symmetry, congruity, consonance, coordination, blending, correspondence, compatibility… is it any wonder that symmetry is there in the list?!

I would add another word to that list though: Beauty…

 

Celebrating Women’s day…

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Wanted to share this picture of the Sri Lakshmi Akshaya Patre Rangoli – also called Aishwarya Patra Rangoli (or Kolam).

In Hindu tradition, the woman is the epitome of godliness. She is considered the ultimate symbol of beauty and prosperity (Aishwarya is Sanskrit) – Goddess Lakshmi herself.

She is Shakti who completes Shiva  and together they form the Universe – ShivaShakti. This is depicted in the form of Ardhanareeshwara.

She is also celebrated in various forms as Mata – the supreme mother – Devi, Maheshwari, Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Lalitha, Durga, Chamundi – the all-powerful protector and conqueror of evil.

What better way to celebrate the International Women’s day than with this Rangoli to welcome Devi into our homes, and our lives…?

May the Goddess Lashmi shower you all with unlimited blessings…

It’s simple, really…

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Another easy Rangoli for you to complete!

That’s right, each of these puzzles is nothing more than a to-be-completed Rangoli. Just follow the symmetry of the pattern and complete it.

Go on, pick up a paper and a pen or pencil, draw the Rangoli – or make it with Rangoli powder on the floor in the traditional way…

Now take a picture and send it along to Rangoli Puzzles!

Simple, right?

You could be the winner!

Want to see the completed Rangoli? Click here

Let’s start simple…

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Hello! This is a simple Rangoli puzzle.

Use the completed portion to put all the dots, and draw the Rangoli – add colors and freehand decorations if you feel like it, and send in the solution.

Set free your creative spirit!

Want to see the completed Rangoli? Click here