RANGOLI Pattern with SWASTIK Symbol

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I spotted this rangoli on the occasion of Diwali, found the rangoli pattern very luminous and took the fortunate opportunity to click a photograph of the same.

 

Rangoli is an art usually made during Diwali; in which simple geometric shapes, deity impressions, flower and petal shapes patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards. The purpose of rangoli is decoration, and it is thought to bring good luck.

The material used to create rangoli pattern  are: dry or wet powdered rice or dry flour, sindoor (vermilion), haldi (turmeric), coloured sand, red brick powder and flower petals; chemical colours are a modern variation.

This rangoli pattern has four swastik symbol created at its four ends. Swastik is considered to be a sacred and auspicious symbol.

The swastika is an ancient religious symbol originating from the Indian subcontinent, being the symbol of peace, prosperity, world brotherhood and continuity that generally takes the form of an equilateral cross with four legs each bent at 90 degrees. The four wings of the Swastik cross point towards the four directions, namely North, East, South and West, which connotes stability, firmness and strength. It is used as the symbol of Sun.

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3 comments

  1. My neighbors have a swastika symbol hanging outside their front door. In the U.S., it is immediately associated with the neo-Nazis, who use it as a symbol for hatred. Most recently, it was painted on a historic school house in my town where black children went to school a hundred years ago. That is fresh in the minds of my community. However, I remembered it had a different meaning and Googled it. It is sad that its true meaning has been lost in misunderstanding because its origins are holy.

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