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08 March 2013

Traditional Muggulu (floor designs) of Andhra Pradesh

Muggulu / Rangoli or designs on the floor is an ancient traditional art of Indian culture. The women folk of different regions of the country are involved in this traditional culture particularly the Telugu women of Andhra Pradesh are generally very fond of muggulu and even in the present days you can see the women folk actively involved in drawing muggulu specially during the Bhogi Panduga and Makara Sankrant.

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