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A Kolam Pattern with Single Continuous Line

Updated on September 18, 2007
Fig.1 Idaya Kamalam Kolam Pattern.
Fig.1 Idaya Kamalam Kolam Pattern.
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Idayak Kamalam

Fig.1 shows a Kolam pattern known as "IDAYAK KAMLAM". "Idayam" means "Heart", the word "Kamalam" denotes "Lotus". In this Kolam the heart is represented by Lotus. Here the kolam is based on dots drawn in 8 lines radiating from the centre towards 8 directions with 45 degrees between the adjacent ones. Several variations exists in this type of kolam. The pattern shown below uses an arrangement of dots with 5 dots in an arm. This count does not include the centre dot.

This kolam is drawn with a single line that goes through all the dots to form a representation of lotus flower and Hindu people believe that drawing this kolam in one go without removing the hand out is religiously beneficial.

Method of drawing the above Kolam is shown graphically in Fig.2 as a slide show. Press the arrow below the image to start the slide show.


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      gita 3 years ago

      very nice effort. tku

      can u please tell which is the traditional way of putting kolam, whether sprinkle the front of the house)vasal) first and litting the lamp in pooja room or the reverse?

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      stessily 6 years ago

      Rmnathan: I love kolams. You've presented this clearly and informatively.

      Thank you for sharing.

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      Uma Shankari 6 years ago

      Thanks for this.

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      Eshu 7 years ago

      thanks for this kolam. Have been searching for this quite a long time that i learnt in my childhood days for doing infront of God. Thanks once again.

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      Subha 8 years ago

      Great job

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      Deepa Mohan 9 years ago

      Thank you; I have used this reference in a post I made about the Fibonacci sequence: see

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      udhayan26 9 years ago

      Its very nice, i know autocadd but i will try to this type of kolam, if possible try to animation using flash motion guide option


    • profile image 10 years ago

      Thanks for the Information.I dont know computers,but to do this I will learn.I wrote another comment on previous page,not realising you have answered my question.BTw this Kolam-the Hridaya kamalam ,it represents the Heart Chakra.and is based on the Spirograph pattern.

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      Rmnathan 10 years ago from Sharjah

      Sita, Thanks for your visit to my hub. I drew the kolams in this hub using AUTOCAD drawing software. First I draw in autocad and later fine tune in PHOTOSHOP software.

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      Sita'sTangled Web 10 years ago

      I came to your site when I was loking for more info on kolams.I draw Kolams.The traditional way and I was looking for a way to draw kolamson the computer.I would like to know how you do it ,especially like the ones you have on your hub.I saw a kind of Kolam drawing tool on the web but wasn't satisfied ,due to the limitations in it.Is there a better one?