The meaning of colour

Color probably has more significance in every day life in India than anywhere else in the world. India is the land of color. Each colour has a significance. A religious meaning too. And there is an occasion for each rang. Apart from these colors, each colour has a finer significance.

Red
Lal or red suggest sensuality. But it also symbolizes purity. It actually rides a thin line between both. Red is worn at weddings. It is also the color of sindhoor and tikkas. Red is about energy and passion. Goddesses Durga and Lakshmi wear red.

Yellow
This too is a color a bride wears for a wedding. It indicates a bit of chastity and a bit of sensuality. Yellow is the color of Lord Vishnu. Yellow keeps evil away. Yellow attracts a mate. Yellow food can be sacred. Yellow welcomes spring. Farmers may often wear yellow.

Blue
That’s Lord Krishna’s color. A deep, tantalizing blue. It is a sacred blue and a color of calm. The chakra at the center of the Indian flag is blue.

Green
Green indicates fertility. Especially in Maharashtra where it is a wedding color. It is an earthy color. And a festive hue. A traditional color and a color of vitality. It suggests happiness and life. Green is a favorite too with Muslims and Parsis.

Saffron
Saffron is India’s most favorite color. Our flag has a saffron band in it. Saffron is a very holy and sacred color. An auspicious color.

White
White represent tranquility. Purity too. Hence it is worn at different occasions to suggest purity. It is also associated with death and rebirth.

Black
Black is not a happy color in India. India does not like black. It is about evil and death. Or a penance. A black mark on a child’s forehead keeps evil away. At certain occasions the superstitious do not wear black — not at weddings or births or by the pregnant. Children are not meant to wear black.