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Traditional Muggulu / Floor Design 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 Makara Sankranti / Bhogi festival period.

Muggulu have a special significance in the Indian / Telugu culture. In the ancient time, the women folk used to smear cow dung paste / sprinkle water in which cow dung is mixed, on the ground in front of the main entrances of their houses. On this, 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.

Parijatam Muggu

Bangaru Ratham Muggu

Brahma Mudi Muggu
Taabelu Muggu

Bangaru Pallem Muggu
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Rangoli designs

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.

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