Diwali : A Festival of Lights

Diwali Mandala Art

“Diwali (Lakshmi Pujan /Amavasya) is the darkest night of the year. And our ancestors have taught us to overcome darkness with light.
When the moon is not shining, neither the sun, sky is dark; India glitters. Proud of being part of such a wise and one of the finest traditions.”- Harihar D. Naik
Diwali is one of the major Hindu festivals celebrated by all the Indians across the globe. The name is derived from the Sanskrit term Deepavali, meaning “row of lights,” which are lit on the new-moon night to invite the presence of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

In north India, Diwali is also celebrated to mark the return of Rama, Sita, Lakshman, and Hanuman to the city of Ayodhya after spending 14 years in exile. 

Diwali Mandala Art
Diwali Diya Mandala Art

This year due to Covid-19 all around us, people will celebrate this festival a little more quietly than usual. Since large gatherings aren’t the way to go this year, many people will stay at their house, light the diyas and candles, decorate their houses with flowers, and eat a delicious meal with their loved ones.

Fireworks are also an important and integral part of the celebration, unfortunately from the past few years the pollution level has reached a new high, and keeping this in mind people have now started to restrict themselves from burning firecrackers and are practicing safer, cleaner and greener Diwali.


● A4 size sheet

● Pencil

● Compass

● Colors

● Black marker


Step 1- First draw a simple outline of a diya. You can also draw a layer of lotus petals emerging out of the base of the diya.

Diwali mandala art
Diya Step 1

Step 2- Now inside the diya start drawing 6 to 7 consecutive semicircles. Inside the first two semicircles, draw a layer of long petals, and inside each petal draw a line in the middle.

Diya madala art
Diya Step 2

Step 3- In the next semicircle, draw a layer of tomb shaped petals and alternate these petals with dots. In the next semicircle, draw a layer of dome shaped petals.

Step 4- In the next semicircle, draw a row of two layered tomb shaped petals, and fill the left spaces with lines. In the next semicircle, again draw a layer of dome shaped petals while alternating them with dots.

Step 5- In the next semicircle, draw a series of three layered petals design which includes a combination of miniature dome shaped petals, long shaped petals, and a little tapered tomb shaped petals.

Colourful Diya
Diya Step 5

Step 6 - In the last semicircle, draw a row of two layered tomb shaped petals and a row of small dome shaped petals. Fill the inside of the tomb shaped petals with lines. Now darken all of these designs with the help of a black marker, with this the inside of your diya is complete.

Step 7 - Now darken the lotus petals below the diya with the help of a marker. You can also draw a line & dot design along the boundary of these petals.

Lotus diya Mandala art
Diya Step 7

Step 8 - Now move towards the flame of the diya and color it. If you want you can also color the insides of the diya.

Beautiful Mandala Art
Diya Step 8

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