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Detail of 19th Century Islamic Architecture of the Chhota Imambara in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.

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.