Take any festival that Bengalis are involved in and you will find them drawing massive alpanas on the ground to celebrate the occasion. On the same principle as rangolis, kolams and pookalams, the alpana is an auspicious symbol. With Durga Puja here and lots of preparations in their final stages, we bet there are those of you looking for some great alpana designs to beautify your home. These beautiful motifs and floral designs are usually created in front of the idols on the floor or at the entrance by the door using a small piece of cloth which contains diluted rice paste in water to naturally produce the beautiful white colour.
Being one of the oldest forms of Indian traditional or folk art, the “alpana” designs are passed on from one generation another. The general patterns include flower, leaver and special shape known as “kolka”. Apart from these sun, owl, fish, lotus are also drawn in the designs.
Here are 10 designs to make your celebrations perfect.