Previously used to be created by rice dust soaked in water but now poster colour are used. Mainly done by the women folk of Bengal, especially during the Lakshmi Pujo (Lokkhi Pujo). The feet in the centre symbolises the Goddess Lakshmi.
Quick and easy Mandala cheat ~ paint the background with a wash of a single dark color and water. When the canvas is completely dry, use your dark paint (this time undiluted) to stencil on your mandala