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10 alpana designs to beautify your home on Lakshmi Puja

Here are 10 alpana designs to make your celebrations perfect.

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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. (Source: Rangolidesign.com)

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These temporary designs are freshly painted during the festival and are then left to be dried. Once dried, these bring much more charm to the creation. If one wants create a permanent masterpiece that can add little bit of glue like fevicol and it would lasts longer. (Source: Rangolidesign.com)

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These days many also use paint brushes instead of their finger wrapped around in cloth to paint the designs. (Source: Rangolidesign.com)

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Colour combinations such as red and yellow can be used in the traditional pattern to give them a brighter look. (Source: Express photo by Shruti Chakraborty)

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The circular pattern are mostly drawn at the centre on a floor usually on a varanda or hall during the festive season. (Source: iveuntil16/ Flickr)

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Fish and other motifs are usually painted near the main entrance.(Source: Sandip Sen/ Flickr)

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After the designs are dried one can also add some flower petals around it to make it more beautiful. (Source: Motherzone.com)

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These free hand designs require patience and skills. (Source: Whencreativejuicesflow.blogspot.com)

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The podium where the gods are worshipped these patterns are drawn as a tribute.(Source: Sumi Tarafdar/ Flickr)

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The alpana designs are not exclusive for the Durga pujas only, it is painted for any festival in Bengal and parts of Assam. (Source: Indiamike.com)

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Even in Bengali weddings, alpana designs are painted. (Source: Bengalonline.in)