olours In Hinduism
For the Hindus, colours play a very important role in the religion and culture and have a very deep significance, transcending purely decorative values. The symbolic use of colour has been a part of 
life in India ever since Vedic times. Hindu artistes use colour on the deities and their dresses signifying their qualities. Proper uses of colours create an environment, which should keep a person cheerful. Some of the main colours used in religious ceremonies are red, yellow (turmeric), green from leaves, white from wheat flour etc.

Traditionally recognized as colour of passion, red colour is of utmost significance in Hindu religion. This colour is most frequently used for auspicious occasions like marriages, birth of a child, festivals etc. Red has always been the color of the bridal chunari and the colour of Suhag or Tilak- a red mark put on the forehead during ceremonies and important occasions. As a sign of marriage, women put red powder on their hair

Sadhus (holy men) mostly wear red or safron colour clothes

parting. Red powder is usually thrown on statues of deities and phallic symbols during prayers. It is also the colour of Shakti (prowess). A red coloured dress is put on deities who are charitable, brave, and protective and who have the capacity to destroy evil. On the death of a woman, her body is wrapped in a red cloth for the cremation.

Saffron represents fire and as impurities are burnt by fire, this colour symbolizes purity. It also represents religious abstinence. It is the colour of holy men and ascetics who have renounced the world. Wearing the colour symbolizes the quest for light. It is the battle colour of the Rajputs, the
A Rajput (one who belongs to the warrior caste), wearing  safron colour Turban Warrior caste.

Symbolising peace and happiness, green colour is cool to the eyes and represents nature. It is also an auspicious colour- colour of Suhagan's mehendi, markings of hands and feet of a married woman with Henna. Red and green bangles are also considered as symbol of marriage.

Traditionally regarded as the colour of religion and asceticism, yellow is the colour of knowledge and learning. It symbolizes happiness, peace, 
meditation, competence, and mental development. It is the colour of spring and activates the mind. Lord Vishnu's dress is yellow symbolizing his representation of knowledge. Lord Krishna and Ganesha also wear yellow dresses. The yellow colored turmeric powder is used to bathe the to-be bride, a ritual considered to purify her.

The creator has given the maximum of blue to nature i.e. the sky oceans, the rivers, and lakes. The deity who has the qualities of bravery, manliness, determination, the ability to deal with difficult
situations, and is of stable mind and depth of character is represented as blue coloured. Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, and Goddess Kali spent their life protecting humanity and destroying evil, hence they are coloured blue.

White is a mixture of seven different colours hence it symbolizes a bit of qualities of each. It represents purity, cleanliness, peace, and knowledge. The goddess of knowledge, Saraswati is always shown as wearing a white dress, sitting on a white lotus. The other prominent deities would also have a touch of white on their dress. A Hindu widow would wear a white dress in mourning.

Blue coloured Goddess Kali

 

Auspicious Colours   Mehndi   Celebrating Indian Tastes
Cricket Mania   India on Rails   The Hindu Marriage
Paan Chewing   Colourful Bazaars   Sadhus  
The Ganga   Indian Villages   The Holy Cow  
Jungle is calling   The Tilak   Kite Flying  
Traditional Wearing  

 

 


 

 
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