In India, colors play a vital role in different cultures and religion, signifying a very deep meaning. Proper use of colors creates an environment, which should keep an individual happy. Artists use color on the deities and their dresses signifying their qualities. There are certain colors like red, white, green, yellow etc which are used in religious ceremonies. The chief color that most eastern cultures and religions use is Saffron.
Origin of Saffron color
Saffron color is a tone of golden yellow matching similar to the color of the tip of the saffron thread, from which the saffron spice is obtained. Saffron was first used as a color name in English in 1200. The saffron color is conventionally the color of fire or Agni. The Hindu saints wear saffron colored robes representing their mission to purify and eradicate evil and impurities from the world. The color saffron is also symbolic of wisdom and lightness, the qualities possessed by the monks.
The power of Saffron in various fields
- Why Orange in religions?
Saffron is the most sacred color for the Hindus. Representing religious moderation, this color symbolizes the quest for light. Bhagwa/ Saffron color is mostly worn by sanyasis who left their home in search of truth. In the Theravada tradition, the Buddhist monks normally wear saffron robes. Sikh uses saffron color as the background of the Nishan sahib, the holy flag of the Sikh religion.
- Indian National Flag/ Tiranga
The flag of India means a lot to the Indian citizens. It is of great honor and significance to the Indians. Each color in the national flag indicates its own meaning. The topmost part of the flag is designed using saffron color indicating selflessness and courage of the nation. It indicates denial and freedom of the ego of the people belonging to various religions and unites to become one. Saffron color also reminds politicians to devote themselves to the nation and also perform their work loyally only for the prosperity of the nation.
- Saffron sindoor used while praying to God
Praying to God with Sindoor is an old ritual in Hinduism. God is not only offered Sindoor but their idols are also wrapped with Sindoor Chola around their shoulders. The Hanuman idols are offered Saffron colored sindoor on auspicious days. The saffron sindoor has a strong divine connection; using it in numerous rituals help in easily connecting to God. The pure form of saffron also has positive effects on an individual’s body who dons it on the forehead.
Saffron color releases happiness and success according to the advance color therapy based on Vedic science. Saffron color is comforting and offers soothing effect to the eyes, gives a feeling of satisfaction and keeps mental balance. It increases pleasure and controls anger. Wearing saffron attire enriches a personality and the person wearing it is full of confidence and brilliance.
Saffron or Bhagwa is the color of fire, planets, sun and other universal elements. Thus, one cannot remove saffron from the divine elements. Another important significance is its involvement and attribution to the astrology of the world. The color symbolizes the planet Jupiter in astrology. It helps in attaining new knowledge. Saffron and yellow colors also help in spreading spirituality with the help of Jupiter.
- Saffron color in Nature
Saffron is incorporated by nature as well. Sunset and sunrise signify the eternity of saffron in the form of re-birth. Fire cleanses the element and saffron color in fire cleans the body in funerals.
Hence, the world came to know the real meaning of life with the help of saffronization. Each Non-Vedic country has its own identity whereas saffron is an everlasting sign of Bharat. The great Shivaji Maharaj and Maharana Pratap fought with the invaders and Muslim looters to guard this eternal Vedic identity.