The Hindu Wedding: Part Three - Page 2
- The heavens; sky
- The color of Krishna’s skin. He is one of the most popular figures in Hinduism and an incarnation, or “avatar,” of Vishnu who is also blue in complexion. Vishnu is worshiped as the supreme being and preserver of all life.
- Ganesha, the remover of obstacles and lord of success, is often depicted as having pink flesh. During the Ganesh Chaturthi, an annual festival which celebrates his birth, pink powder is tossed around.
- The color associated with Jaipur, India or “The Pink City.” In that region, the color is used to communicate a message of welcome and hospitality.
- The most sacred color in Hinduism. It denotes absolute purity and spiritual commitment, thus, Hindu monks wear robes of saffron. Keshar, the plant from which the color originates, grows within the sub-Himilayan region and so initially, saffron was rare and highly prized. Also, it’s golden tint, which itself is associated with the Divine, further elevated the color to its sacred status.
- The color associated with Agni, the god of fire. In Sanskrit, the word for fire is “Agni.” This Hindu messenger god mediates between humans and the deities and is one of the most important gods of the Vedas.
- Merriment and festivity
- In India’s third largest state, Maharashtra, green signifies happiness and life.
- The Brahman – the first and highest in India’s caste system. This social group consist of priests and intellectuals (i.e. professors, doctors, scientists, etc.).
- Saraswati, the goddess and consort of Brahma. She is usually depicted wearing a white sari and sitting on a white lotus. The white color is not only supposed to symbolize her purity, but represents her infinite knowledge and wisdom as well.
- Mourning because the dead are wrapped in shrouds of white. However, the belief of reincarnation somewhat alleviates the negativity which surrounds the notion of death.