Drawing rangoli dots designs is a real art that is passed on from generation to generation in India. Traditionally, the important thing about kolam/rangoli dots designs is the symmetry and also their symbolism. Here is a list of some of the best dot rangoli designs to inspire you.
40 Best Dot Rangoli Designs
During spring, which heralds the traditional new year of many cultures in India, these rangoli designs with dots portray all things spring, like flowers,birds and fruits. And during the harvest festival of Sankranthi, all types of rangoli designs related to crops and their harvesting are drawn, in order to decorate the space in front of homes.
How tiny dots transform themselves ,as if miraculously,into huge rangoli designs by the deft hands of the person who draws it, is wondrous!
Before the advent of Google and You Tube, if we wanted to search for kolam designs with dots, all we had were our mothers’ and grandmothers’ dot rangoli design books and their instruction, passed on from generation to generation and treated with veneration. Now, when we look at these books filled with kolam designs, it takes us down memory lane,where we watched our mothers and grandmothers in awe, as they made elaborate rangoli designs appear from tiny dots!
My granny says that during their time, they had sprawling open spaces around their houses,which they used to fill with all kinds of simple and complex rangoli designs.
Rangoli designs were originally drawn using rice powder and grains were sprinkled over them.The powder was for ants to eat and the grains were meant to feed the birds. Such is the compassion and the magnanimity of our culture!
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Designs 1 and 2 ; These two rangoli dot designs are basic and could be drawn for everyday use. We can also see these kolam dot designs painted on walls against a backdrop of brick –red paint. It lends a traditional Indian charm to the house.
Design 3: This rangoli dot design is perfect for Diwali and also for Mata Puja. Placing diyas on the lamp designs would make the rangoli dot design come to life! This dot kolam design is drawn in front of the auspicious Holy Basil (Tulsi) plant at home or also in the Puja room during Lakshmi puja at Diwali. Decorate this dot rangoli design with flower petals and leaves and outline it with rice powder to make it all the more appealing to the eyes.
Design 4: This dot rangoli design is considered very auspicious and sacred as it has Tulsi plants in its’ design. As it is sacred, make sure not to stamp on it. This dot kolam design is perfect for any puja ,but would be best drawn during the very auspicious month of Karthik, when one worships the Tulsi plant and also the Moon. The lotus flower in the middle would look most appropriate if coloured in white, as white lotus flowers bloom during moonrise. The circles between the diyas could be coloured green, to represent Gooseberries (amla), as the tradition is to use these fruits as lamps during this season. This dot rangoli design is also perfect for any puja, as it has auspicious elements like the Tulsi plant, lotus flowers and lamps, which are used for welcoming deities during any puja.
Design 5: This dot kolam design is perfect for any festival. Just make sure to decorate it with eco-friendly colours, coloured sand or even flowers to make it look vibrant!
Design 6: This rangoli dot design again has many auspicious elements like lamps and Lotus flowers and is best used for pujas and in front of the Tulsi plant. Colour the lotus flowers pink if you use it during daytime, as pink flowers bloom during sunrise and colour them white if you use it at night time, as white lotus flowers bloom during moonrise!
Design 7: This beautiful, intricate dot rangoli pattern could be used anywhere . A good idea is to get this design painted permanently on a wall or on the floor and fill it with different colours. If this kolam dot design is drawn on the floor and is filled with flowers, it’ll truly resemble a floral carpet!
Design 8: This is another unique and intricate rangoli dot design, which could be used during any festival. Do make sure to completely fill it with different vibrant colours to make it all the more festive!
Design 9: This geometric dot rangoli design is perfect for Sankranthi, but could also be drawn for any festival. Colouring each ring of the design in a different colour would make this dot kolam design pop to life! Also as there is a lot of space between each ring of the rangoli , using this space to display lamps would also be a great idea during Diwali.
Design 10: This floral dot rangoli design has eight petaled flowers on each side, which are considered to be auspicious for pujas. This kolam dot design is also perfect for any festival like Diwali or Sankranthi. Filling in flower petals in the floral designs and colouring the geometric designs and placing diyas in them would make this dot rangoli design even more attractive and beautiful.
Design 11: This is a simple dot rangoli design, which is perfect for beginners as well. To make this dot kolam design pop to life, fill it in with different colours and flower petals. For a more dressy look, put a diya in each square of this dot rangoli design and also put four diyas in the middle.
Design 12: Another geometric dot kolam design! This rangoli dot design is perfect for indoor as well as outdoor use. Fill each design ring of this dot rangoli design with a different colour, to make it vibrant and colourful!
Design 13: This is a typical symmetrical dot rangoli design, which is drawn during Sankranthi. In Andhra Pradesh, where this is a very important festival, the whole dot kolam design is filled with colours of various kinds and cow dung is placed in the middle of the dot rangoli design, which are called “gobbemmalu”. This might sound odd to some, but it actually shows that cow manure is the best manure for crops and as Sankranthi is a harvest festival, the manure is placed in the middle of the dot rangoli design , in order to show the link between a successful harvest and the cow.
Design 14: This beautiful floral dot rangoli design is perfect for pujas and Diwali too, as it has the auspicious eight-petaled flower. Make this kolam dot design more beautiful by colouring it using natural colours and or/flower petals and placing diyas on each diya design. If you are using it for a puja, it is very auspicious to colour it with kumkum and turmeric.
Design 15: Another beautiful floral dot kolam design , which is perfect for diwali, as it is has diyas in it. Colour the flowers using natural colours and decorate the diya design with actual diyas to add more life to this dot kolam design!
Design 16: This is called a “Ratham” or a chariot kolam dot design and is especially drawn during the third day during the festival of Sankranthi, called Kanuma. This chariot dot kolam design is drawn for the Sun God and is said to represent his chariot.
Design 17: Here is a typical rangoli dot design, which is drawn outside the door everyday. Just alter the space between the dots to make this dot kolam design bigger or smaller.
Design 18: Another dot rangoli design that is perfect and typical of Sankranthi. The space in the middle is meant for the cow dung and the whole rangoli dot design is filled with colours for the festival, making it very vibrant and beautiful!
Design 19: Another symmetrical dot rangoli design, typically drawn at Sankranthi. Fill in the designs with lots of bright, eco- friendly colors or flower petals to make this dot kolam design spring to life! This kolam dot design is typically drawn outdoors.