Every act or ceremony that is done around the time of a special day or festival day has a religious significance. The same is also true of the custom of creating colorful rangoli patterns. The first merely physical reason is easy to decipher — the beautification of the house or building. A large, perfectly designed and executed rangoli is a b800px-ashtamangalareathtakingly beautiful sight. It elevates and adds to the beauty of any building and speaks volumes about the artist’s skill ad dedication.

However, rangoli designs have a far deeper significance than mere beauty. The religious belief is that they are supposed to keep out evil spirits and prevent them from entering the home. Hindus believe that positive and negative energies inhabit the spaces around us, in the air. If the people think positively and behave well, they will attract only the positive energy toward themselves. Negative thinking is complicated and tangled in its nature. According to folklore, the reason why rangoli designs are so complicated is because they trap all the negative energy in them and thereby prevent it from entering the house. This is the greatest significance of these designs – that they have the ability to trap and absorb evil and prevent it from harming the home dwellers. By their beauty, they also remind people to live positively and beautifully.

These days rangoli designs have a lot of artificial and harmful elements incorporated into them.These include synthetic paints to color sand and stones, artificial flowers and so on. In an earlier time, rangoli designs were always made with only natural ingredients, such as real flowers, petals, leaves, spices such as turmeric and vermillion, fruits and nuts etc. The use of these was beneficial to the person who made the rangoli and did not harm their skin or health in any way. The concept of ‘live and let live’ was also very popular and rangoli designs were made in such a way that they did not harm the small insects, rodents, and birds who were welcomed to feed on the designs after the event was over.