Why Rangoli designs are drawn during Diwali? What is the importance of Deepavali Rangoli patterns? Rangoli, also known as Alpana, Alpona, Aipan, Aripana or Muggu, is one of the main attractions during Diwali.
It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi visits our homes during Diwali. To welcome her in a grand way, devotees draw Rangoli designs and Alpana patterns in front of their homes and at puja places. The main objective of making Rangoli designs during Diwali is to decorate homes in a proper manner to invite and to make the Goddess of wealth to stay for ever in their homes.
Rangoli and Deep or diya (lamps) are the main objects to invite Goddess Lakshmi in Diwali time. Deep is the symbol of happiness whereas Rangoli marks the prosperity in ones home. Many people draw flowers, birds, footprint, conch shells, trees and leaves in their Rangoli designs. The most drawn Rangoli during Diwali is lotus.
Apart from mythological or spiritual significance, Rangoli designs also benefit humna beings. The raw material, rice flour or other flour, used in Rangoli designs effect the growth of some harmful insects. It also provides the food for some useful little insects and worms.