With April just starting, different corners of India are preparing for something very special! For multiple communities and regions across our exquisitely diverse country, 14th April marks the bloom of a new year, with lots of celebrations and festivities especially the Tamil New Year Kolam.
One such festival almost round the corner is the Tamil New Year, traditionally known as Puthuvarusham, Varusha Pirappu, or Puthandu, which comes with the promises of a glorious new beginning.
Tamil New Year marks the starting of the first month – ‘Chitthirai’ in the Tamil calendar. Though not entirely a religious festival, Puthuvarusham holds a special place in people’s hearts because as per Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma (God of creation) started creating the world on this day.
Tamilians all over the world celebrate the day with pride and hope that the new year will bring prosperity, happiness, and more peace to their lives. The top three elements of the Puthandu celebration are raw mangoes, neem leaves, and the most important one – Tamil New Year Kolam! After all, no Indian new year celebration is complete without a rangoli, right?
Kolam: the Soul of Ancient Tamil Culture!
On the outer edge, a kolam might seem to be a simple traditional rangoli designed at the entrance of a Tamil house, but these beautiful intricate rangolis carry a deeper connotation. Created with powdered rice, these elaborately decorative designs banish the evil and welcome new beginnings as Tamilians greet each other by wishing ‘Puttantu Valttukkal’ ( Happy New Year). Inspired by abstract patterns and magical motifs, different kolam designs and patterns portray the abstract ideas of Tamil culture and philosophy.
While drawing the Tamil new year Kolam, people avoid adding synthetic colors to the rice powder so that the ants and other insects can eat it. Kolam motifs often include fish, birds, or other animal images that symbolize the love shared between humans and animals. A pentagon represents Venus and its five elements whereas a lotus represents the womb.
Are you also preparing for Puthandu 2022? Without further delay, let’s move on to a few quick and beautiful kolam ideas that you can easily make on your own even if it is your first time drawing a rangoli!
Tamil New Year Kolam Designs
- The Beautiful White Kolam by Kasturi Venkat
Source: Kasturi Bhai Venkatramanan Pillai on Instagram: “Because, white is an emotion! 💟 #kolambykasturi #freestylekolam”
Just look at this beautiful freestyle kolam in all its glory! Aren’t you inspired enough to try it out?
2. A Beautiful Blend of Patterns & Art
Source: Kasturi Bhai Venkatramanan Pillai on Instagram: “Opposites attract. A kolam from yesterday with a couple of whimsical purple bachelor buttons to warm up the white powder…simply to…”
Another beautiful design inspiration from Kasturi Venkat.
3. The Charm of White with A Little Dash of Red
Source: Kasturi Bhai Venkatramanan Pillai on Instagram: “Same same, but not the same! 😎😉 #spotthedifference #kolambykasturi”
In case, you were missing some colors!
4. A Simple Mix of Grid of Lines & Dots Can Create Wonder!
Source: Kasturi Bhai Venkatramanan Pillai on Instagram: “A simple kolam with grid of lines and dots put in between on a #terrificthursday ❤😊 #kolambykasturi”
The list just keeps getting interesting, isn’t it? Oh, by the way, have you noticed the beautiful brass villakku on the top left corner? (wink wink)
5. A Maavilai Kothu to Adorn Your Kolam 2022
Source: Kasturi Bhai Venkatramanan Pillai on Instagram: “A traditional kolam for a new beginning, A Maavilai Kothu to brighten my new year morning, Let us all let go our worries & coronavirus…”
A beautiful kolam decorated with mango leaves.
6. In Case, You Were Looking for A Chikku Kolam!
Source: Kasturi Bhai Venkatramanan Pillai on Instagram: “A #chikkukolam with detached periphery…away from it’s central core. A version which doesn’t conform to the chikku kolam standard which…”
Isn’t it just perfect?
7. When Your Artsy Soul Wants A Pinch of Geometry
Source: Kasturi Bhai Venkatramanan Pillai on Instagram: “I believe that God made man and the world was black & white, then he made woman, who painted it with color 😁 . Colours…they not only…”
Believe us, you can easily draw this Tamil New Year Kolam this year! Just try it out.
8. When You Want to Use Some Rangoli Colour
Source: Kasturi Bhai Venkatramanan Pillai on Instagram: “A lotus built by us petal by petal, Eight years it has been since we settled, Through thick and thin we showed our true mettle, Today’s…”
An intricate lotus design to beautify the entrance of your house.
9. A Kolam with A Traditional Story Behind It
Source: Kasturi Bhai Venkatramanan Pillai on Instagram: “Today’s #kolambykasturi reminisces a tradition which was once practiced in villages around the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, not sure…”
This particular Tamil New Year Kolam design reminds us of a beautiful tradition that was originally practiced in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. On Tuesdays, unmarried girls used to fast, visit the riverbanks with turmeric applied to their bodies, and took bath in the holy river. They also used to visit the nearest temple of Goddess Parvathy after their bath. Their families used to consider the girls as Goddess Parvathy after they returned home from the temples. Such an interesting story, isn’t it?
10. Just Dropping Another Gorgeous Tamil New Year Kolam Here for You!
Source: Kasturi Bhai Venkatramanan Pillai on Instagram: “Art speaks where words find it difficult to explain…😉 . #kolambykasturi #myimperfectlyperfectlife”
When the art speaks so loudly, words fall short, isn’t it?
11. Here’s to the Vibrant Colors of Life
Source: Daily.kolams-kolams/recipes on Instagram: “Fusion kambi kolam 10dots(2rows) up to 2dots Straight dots Swipe👉for stepwise tutorial #kolambyumasivasankar #kolam#muggu#kolamdesigns…”
Life has so much to offer! You just need to identify every little opportunity to make it all worthwhile. Don’t believe us? Try drawing this gorgeous Tamil New Year Kolam and experience the joy.
12. Who Else Is Missing Some Flowers?
Source: Rangoli Usha on Instagram: “💫6-4 Dots Sikku Kolam”
Decorate your kolams with some Genda Phool (Marigold flowers) and see the magic!
13. Kolam that Matches Your Vibrant Personality!
Source: Daily.kolams-kolams/recipes on Instagram: “Happy Margazhi Dot details : 15*8 middle dots #kolambyumasivasankar #Margazhi #Margazhi2021 #margazhikolam #margazhidesigns…”
We have got something for every colorful soul out there!
14. And Charm of All White Is Back Again!
Source: Rangoli Usha on Instagram: “🌸9×1 Sikku Kolam. . 🌸Follow @rangoli_usha 😊 . 🌸Plz like,share and comment.❤”
Not in a mood to play with colors this year? No worries, you can still win with this all-white Tamil New Year Kolam.
15. Even A Beginner Will Draw This Easily!
Source: Daily.kolams-kolams/recipes on Instagram: “Dot details 7*7 straight dots Swipe 👉for step-by-step pics tutorial ✅Follow @daily.kolams for every day kolam updates with step wise…”
Seems to be pretty easy, right?
16. A Beautiful Chiku Fusion Tamil New Year Kolam
Source: Chitra Jayaraman on Instagram: “Most of the time we are led by greed and prejudices based on past experiences and future fantasies. We decide with no relevance to issues…”
Already blown with the variations? Wait, there are more to come!
17. A Cute Little One for Your Kid to Try Out!
Source: Daily.kolams-kolams/recipes on Instagram: “7*4 middle dots Swipe 👉for step-by-step pics tutorial 👉Follow Daily.kolams for daily kolam updates 👉checkout daily.kolams youtube…”
Let the little ones at your home have some fun with drawing this!
18. In Love With The Sharp Streaks
Source: Sumathy Ramalingam on Instagram: “#doubleedge #kolam ✨ . . . . . . 5-3 #idukkupullikolam #kolams #streetart #sacredgeometry #ephemeralart #floorart #symmetry #mandala…”
This Tamil New Year Kolam is just perfection, isn’t it?
19. A Kolam This Simple Yet Gorgeous, Is A Must-Try One!
Source: Sumathy Ramalingam on Instagram: “#kolam #colorkolam #navaratri #golu #easykolam #swipeleftforsteps ✨ . . . . . . . #kolams #apartmentkolam #streetart #sacredgeometry…”
Simple and awesome!
20. Patterns, Patterns & More Patterns!
Source: Sumathy Ramalingam on Instagram: “Few simple #navaratri #colorkolam with detailed steps next few days ✨ #swipeleftforsteps #kolam #festivities #golu #sundayenergy…”
We can’t wait to draw this gorgeous flower in a perfect alignment of lines and dots. What about you?
21. Your Puthandu is incomplete with some kolams
Source: Sumathy Ramalingam on Instagram: “#kolam ✨ #lowlightpics #maakolam . . . . . 7*3, 3*2 straight dots #nerpullikolam #kolams #purattasisaturday #streetart #sacredgeometry…”
How stunning is it!
22. Simple but Beautiful!
Source: Sumathy Ramalingam on Instagram: “#connectingthedots #kolam ✨ #unplannedkolamchallenge #noruleschallenge . . . . . 7*3, 3*2 straight dots #nerpullikolam #kolams…”
Just look at the nice floral finishing!
23. Saved The Best For Last!
Source: Sumathy Ramalingam on Instagram: “#twirlingdance #kolam #arisimakolam ✨ #yellove #summercolors #summervibes #swipeleftformore . . . . . . . . #nerpullikolam #streetart…”
Well, our list of Tamil New Year Kolam designs ends here. We didn’t disappoint you with the last one, right?
Can’t wait to try out these beautiful designs to make your Puthandu 2022 more special? Bookmark this post and let the artist inside you get vera level creative! Don’t forget to post your kolam pictures on Instagram and tag us @ancientmadurai
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Kolam Called in Tamilnadu?
Kolam is a geometrical drawing drawn with rice powder and red brick powder in front of houses in tamilnadu
What is kaavi kolam?
Brick red powder also called as Kaavi is applied as outline to the kolams which gives it a bright look and is known as Kaavi Kolam.
What is Pulli kolam?
Pulli Kolam is a kolam made with dots and lines and curves looping over the dots
What is Kolamavu made of ?
Kolamavu is composed of mineral calcite calcium carbonate.
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