Dhanteras is a festival celebrated to welcome Goddess Lakshmi into the home. And one way that is done is by creating interesting Dhanteras rangoli designs outside and inside the homes.
Indian festivals are no exception to Rangolis. In fact the festivals in India are celebrated with a lot of devotion and fanfare. Most Indian festivals are related to some God or Goddess, and during that festivals, we worship god and invite them to our household. And as they say, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”. So, before all festivals, people clean and decorate their homes through various things. One such way of decorating home and pleasing the gods is making a rangoli outside the house.
History of Rangoli:
Rangoli is an age old tradition of India, practiced since the time of pre-historic men. From pre-historic times to the Vedic age to modern times, though the designs and methods of making rangoli have changed, but the basic thought of making a rangoli has remain unchanged. People draw to signify happiness, positivity and liveliness of a household, and to welcome Maan Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and good luck on Diwali.
Rangoli on Dhanteras:
Also known as “Dhan Trayodashi’, Dhanteras marks the beginning of Diwali festivities. The festival derives its name from two words – ‘Dhan’, which means wealth and ‘Teras’, which means the 13th day. Since this festival is celebrated on the Troyadashi or teras (meaning 13 th day) of the Kartik month, and is associated with Mother Lakshmi, who is the goddess of wealth, it is called Dhanteras.
So, to please Goddess Lakshmi, and to invite her to their households, people clean the entrance to their household and ladies and children draw beautiful and colourful rangolis. The beautiful patterns of rangoli also attract positive energy of the environment and remove the negative energy of the household.
Rangoli Designs for Dhanteras:
As such there is no rule on what kind of rangoli designs are made on Dhanteras, but some people believe that a ‘kalash’ should always be a part of the rangoli design, especially for Dhanteras. This is because, Dhan means wealth, and a kalash symbolizes wealth. Some other elements that can be included in the rangoli for Dhanteras are small footprints of Goddess Lakshmi, or a lotus flower. Lotus is the favourite flower of Goddess Lakshmi. So, drawing these elements are seen as a symbol of welcoming Goddess Lakshmi into the household.
Given below are 15 rangoli design ideas that you can try on Dhanteras this year and earn praises from your friends, neighbours and family members, besides pleasing Goddess Lakshmi this Dhanteras.
FAQs about Dhanteras Rangoli :
Q.1: What does rangoli signify?
Ans: Rangoli signifies the virtues of happiness, positivity and liveliness of a household.
Q. 2: Why do people draw rangoli?
Ans: People draw rangoli welcome Maan Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and good luck on Diwali.
Q. 3: What is the favourite flower of Goddess Lakshmi
Ans: The favourite flower of Goddess Lakshmi is Lotus.
Q. 4: What is the other name of Dhanteras?
Ans: The other name of Dhanteras is Dhan Trayodashi
Q. 5: Who is known as Goddess of wealth and good luck?
Ans: Goddess Lakshmi