Photo blog: KL malls do their Deepavali thing

Kolam is a form of painting that is drawn using rice powder. A Kolam is a geometrical line drawing composed of curved loops, drawn around a grid pattern of dots. In South India, the girls of a family get together and draw Kolams in front of their homes.

This year, the shopping malls around Kuala Lumpur invested generously in the creation of large beautiful and mesmerising Kolams.

Citizen Journalist, KS Tan, captures the colours and festive spirits of this year’s festival of lights.

This colorful tradition dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization (2500 B.C)


In the Mahabharata, the gopis (apsara) drew kolams to forget the pain that they experienced when their beloved Krishna was away
A mesmerising Kolam at the Deepavali Garden at Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall.
A Bhangra Dance Troupe entertaining shoppers at the lobby of Times Square, KL
Another captivating kolam found at the side tower entrance of Sunway Pyramid
A little Indian girl happily poses in front of the giant kolam in Times Square. Goddess Lakshmi is believed to bestow her blessings upon all those who pass by the kolam
A kolam or rangoli is a form of art design using either rice flour, dried coconut, rice or sago. It is drawn at the entrance of Hindu homes to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi
Hindus associate peacocks with Goddess Lakshmi and thus the feathers represent kindness, patience and good fortune
This kolam at the main entrance of Times Square KL is 20 ft in diameter