The art form of Alpana has been used since ages for religious and ceremonial purposes by people in Bengal region It is usually done on the floor. It is a type of Rangoli.
Making of Alpana patterns is a part of the rituals in the numerous vratas (fasts) kept by the Hindu women of Bengal.
Alpana designs are drawn with the help of rice-powder, diluted rice paste, powdered colors (produced from dried leaves), charcoal, burnt earth, etc. Materials like colored chalk, vermilion, flower petals, grains, etc, are also used to decorate the designs.
In 2014, Durga Puja will be celebrated from 29th September 2014 to 3rd October 2014.
Please find below some latest Alpana / Rangoli Designs which you can make during Durga Puja :