A Woman Empowerment Project of Mohanam Cultural Centre
Kolam is a painted prayer. It is a traditional art form of Tamilnadu which invokes harmony, beauty and playfulness. It invites positive energies into our lives.
Kolam is considered as an important form of artistic expression in Tamilnadu. Kolams are drawn on the floor, in front of houses and in front of deities in pooja rooms. They are also drawn on walls, pots and paper.
In South Indian homes, women draw Kolam as a daily ritual for renewal and conservation. Undoubtedly, kolam can be called a most essential part of South Indian culture.
In ancient times, Kolams used to be drawn in coarse rice flour, so that the ants don't have to work so hard for a meal. The rice powder is said to invite birds and other small critters to eat it, thus inviting other beings into one's home and everyday life, a daily tribute to harmonious co-existence.
Not to be underestimated is the benefits for the artist to bend down each morning - it is said to help her digestive system, reproductive organs and to help overall stretching of the body. It is a sign of invitation to welcome all into the home, not the least of whom is Goddess Lakshmi who symbolizes Wealth, Prosperity, Harmony and Love.
Kolam is also a Mandala which is believed to protect us from unwholesome things and happenings. It creates auspicious atmospheres and occasions.
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