Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Colours of Navratri

Navratri is one of the most auspicious and widely celebrated Indian festivals. Navratri begins with Mahalaya- the homecoming of Goddess Durga, the following nine days are to worship her avatars. The word Navratri means 'Nine Nights' in Sanskrit.  
Each day has its own significance and thus has a dedicated color, which if worn is considered to bring an auspicious outcome.  Navratri is celebrated all over India, but in different ways.
In North of India Navratri is celebrated with much religious fervor. People tend to fast and worship every day. In Western India Navratri is one of the main festivals. People from all over the area gather to an open place and celebrate the festival by performing the famous Garba dance along with Dandiya-Raas dance. 
In South India, people set up steps and place idols on them, which is known as Golu. They also make special dishes every single day to celebrate. In Kerala three days Ashtami, Navami and Vijaya Dashami are celebrated as Saraswati Puja and books are worshipped. 
Here are the different auspicious colours of Navratri!

1. Red: The most traditional colour which is believed to be an auspicious colour for occasions like marriages, pujas, festivals etc. The colour represent action, vigour and the warmth to get ready for a festival. 

2. Blue: This gorgeous colour represent stable mind, bravery, depth of character and intelligence.

3. Yellow: On most auspicious occasions yellow colour is either worn or yellow colored food is prepared to invite positivity. This colour stands for hope, happiness and is also believed to keep negativity at bay.

4. Green: The colour of nature is associated with growth, fertility and freshness. It also represents hope, new beginnings, new harvest and calmness.

5. Grey: This colour has a deep significance in spirituality. It symbolizes peace, serenity and bravery.

6. Orange:  A sacred colour in Hinduism is orange as it represents fire. The impurities are burnt by fire in order to give purity is the reason behind why this colour is a sacred one!

7. White: White contains an equal balance of all the colors of the spectrum and it is believed to be the colour of perfection. The meaning of white is purity, wholeness and innocence. 

8. Pink: A combination of red and white, pink represents compassion, nurturing and love. Pink calms and reassures emotional energies.

9. Purple: This colour relates to the imagination and spirituality. Purple is believed to assist those who seek the meaning of life and spiritual fulfillment.

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