The Colours Of India

September 2, 2011 India 4 Comments 44,079 Views

The Colors Of India.

Few countries in the world are as colorful as India. Red, white and orange have have always been the most prominent colors of Hinduism and are regularly worn (particularly in religious ceremonies) in India for more than 2000 years. Of course there are many more than just these three and I would like to tell you a little bit about them…

Colors of India.
Colors of India.


Red stands for purity and therefore is the preferred color for a bride’s wedding garment. Red is also the color associated with one of the most revered goddesses in Hindu mythology – Durga. Her scarey image is enhanced by her red tongue and almost red eyes (othing for a good-night-story…).  In the southern half of India, red is the color of violence and disruption.

Women sitting on the Ghats in Varanasi.
Women sitting on the Ghats in Varanasi, India.


White is the acceptable color at funerals and ceremonies that mark death in the family (which I think is much better than black…). It’s also the only color widows are allowed to wear. White is also widely (not only in India) accepted as the color of peace and purity.

Portrait of a man with white cloths in Varanasi, India.


Orange is the most dominat color in all of India. The orange (dark saffron) in the Indian flag stands for courage & sacrifice.The Hindus belief, orange represents the “sacral chakra”. Chakra is a concept originating in Hindu texts, featured in tantric traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism.

Orange dressed men on the way home from the Ganges in Varanasi, India.


Blue is the color of the sky and ocean; It’s perceived as a constant in our lives. In India the color blue is associated with Lord Krishna, one of the most favored Gods in India. If you think of the color blue & India, the city Jodhpur (known as the “Blue City” or “Sun City”) might also come to your mind. A sea of aqua blue houses are beautifully arranged side by side. The city is based right in the Thar desert, which makes it even more impressive…

Blue fabric at a market in Gangtok, India.


Green symbolizes a new beginning, harvest and happiness. It also symbolizes nature and therefore is a manifestation of God himself. Green is also the revered color of Islam; a large religious presence (about 30 %) in India.

Woman with a green Sari in Varanasi, India.


Yellow symbolizes sanctity and is an essential herbal ingredient applied on the body and face by women in India. When I think of yellow & India my firsth though is a yummy curry ;)

Yellow curry powder at a market in Kolkata, India.


In India, black is referred to with desirability, evil, negativity, and inertia. It represents anger and darkness and is associated with the absence of energy, barrenness, and death. It’s used as a representation of evil and to ward off evil.

Black crows in front of a slaughter house in New Delhi.
Black crows in front of a slaughter house in New Delhi, India.
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“The Colors Of India.”

  1. Hey Veer,
    Yeah The Holi festival must be the most colorful one there is. It’s very high on my “to-travel & to-see” list ;) Thanks for posting the photo!

  2. Anshul Malik

    It is really a very nice article… cheers keep traveling.

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