is much more than just an
aesthetic art. It symbolises happiness and prosperity.
It is said that each
morning, Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth, enters and blesses the houses adorned
at the entrance. Hence, the kolam itself is called `Lakshmi Kadaksham'
(லக்ஷ்மி கடாக்ஷம்) Traditionally, the padi kolam
(படிக் கோலம்) of Tamil Nadu.
The Hindu dated 7-1-03
by S. Suresh