"rangoli" is a traditional mandala, a geometric pattern, that women design in front of their houses during festivities. In Tamil culture is a strong form of expression by the women. This festival takes place in Bharat Nivas, the "Indian culture and spirit" pavilion of Auroville's International zone, every year soon after the Pongal festivities. Hundreds of women gather from Auroville and the nearby villages to show their skills in this particular art.
Kolam is a form of sand painting that is drawn using rice powder by female members of the family in front of their home. It is widely practiced by Hindus in South India. A kolam is a sort of painted prayer - a line drawing composed of curved loops, drawn around a grid pattern of dots. Kolams are thought to bestow prosperity to homes.