Muggulu have a special significance in the Indian / Telugu culture. In the ancient time, the women folk used to smear cow dung paste on the ground in front of the main entrances of their houses. On this smear, they used to draw muggulu / designs with fine rice flour. It is a part of the Telugu culture to draw muggulu daily in front of the main entrance. Even in these modern days, this culture is followed by most of the Telugu families. In fact, it is considered auspicious to draw muggulu on the floor and women folk draw varieties of these designs during festive occasions and functions. They decorate these designs with colorful petals which add to the beauty of the designs and the house as well. Moreover people consider it inauspicious in case there is no muggu in front of the main entrance. Muggulu have become an integral part of every social and religious festival and the celebrations are considered incomplete without muggulu.
Through this article and blog of mine, I would like to make an attempt to revive most of the traditional muggulu of Andhra Pradesh which are gradually fading away and some of which have almost faded away due to various reasons. Most of these muggulu are drawn by joining the dots in the desired pattern and each muggu is given a name as well.
1. Parijatam Muggu
2. Bangaru Ratham Muggu
3. Brahma Mudi Muggu
4. Taabelu Muggu
5. Bangaru Pallem Muggu
This muggu / rangoli looks good in front of pooja mandap.
This design can be drawn in front of the main entrance gate or inside the hall.