Colours to wear according to weekdays

vibgyorMany cultures believe that there are colors associated with each day of the week. For example, in India, astrologers as well as Ayurvedic practitioners associate a color with each day. All these cultures believe that each day of the week is associated either with a planet or with a deity. So it makes sense to attach a day with a color.

Colors of the week as per Hindu traditions

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Here are colors of the week according to Hindu traditions.

  • Sunday– Hindus believe it is auspicious to wear Red on Sunday. People also offer red flowers to Surya or the Sun God.
  • Monday– Lord Shiva is the deity associated with this day of the week so people often wear White, since Monday is also associated with the Moon and colors linked to it are silver, light gray or blue.
  • Tuesday– In Hindu culture, this day is associated with Lord Hanuman and people who fast and pray to this Lord wear Red. The day is also linked with Mars-the angry planet-which can be appeased by wearing this colour.
  • Wednesday– Green is the color of the day for Wednesday. Wednesday is associated with Lord Budha (not Buddha) which is the deity linked with Jupiter.
  • Thursday– People wear Orange or Yellow on this day. As per Hindu culture, this day is the day of Lord Vishnu who is known to wear Yellow.
  • Friday– Friday color is Blue (Sea green or aquamarine are also acceptable). The day is also associated with Goddess Shakti.
  • Saturday-Wear the color of the royalty-Purple though you can also wear black, indigo, mauve or dark grey, all of which are associated with wrath of Shani (Saturn). People in Indian villages also visit Shani shrines and make offerings of black oil, black sesame seeds and donate black clothes.

 

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Navratri celebrated to honour the 9 incarnations of Goddess Durga, is one of the major festivals observed in India.  This festival has a lot of customs and rituals which are associated with it. One of them is wearing different-coloured clothes on all the nine days 

Navratri Day 1

This day is dedicated to honouring the Shailputri avatar of Goddess Durga and the colour of this day is grey. Wearing this colour will connect you to the divine power and provide God’s protection.

Navratri Day 2

The second day is dedicated to Goddess Brahmcharini, who is known for her calm energy and granting the way to ‘Moksha’. The colour of the day is orange, which depicts the name, fame and money.

Navratri Day 3

This day is dedicated to the worshipping of Goddess Chandraghanta. The Goddess is worshipped for granting peace and prosperity. The colour of third day is white.

Navratri Day 4

The colour of the day is red, which reflects passion and power. It is also known to be Goddess’s favourite colour. Devotees worship Goddess Kushmunda on the fourth day.

Navratri Day 5

Day 5 is dedicated to honouring Goddess Skand Mata, who is the 5th avatar of Goddess Durga. The colour of the day is sky blue, representing faith and spiritual awareness.

Navratri day 6

Goddess Katyayani is worshipped on the 6th day of Navratri. She is the 6th manifestation of Maa Durga. She is known to be the destroyer the evil forces. On this day, pink colour is worn by the devotees, which symbolizes hope and new beginnings.

Navratri day 7

The 7th day of Navratri is dedicated to Maa Kaalratri, who is considered to be the most fierce form of Goddess Durga. She is known to provide power and calmness to her devotees. The colour of the day is royal blue.

Navratri day 8

Maa Mahagauri is the Goddess, who is worshipped on the 8th day of Navratri. The colour of the day is yellow which signifies happiness and positivity in life. The 8th day is also celebrated as ‘Ashtami’.

Navratri day 9

On the 9th and final day of Navratri, Goddess Siddhidatri is worshipped, who is considered to be the possessor of 26 different wishes. The colour of the last day is green, which symbolizes prosperity.

 

Stay blessed

madhavi

Diwali – Life as a Celebration

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On this Diwali Let me share with you an article written by Sadhguru*

“Light and darkness are perceptions of our senses. May you know the light beyond senses. Hope you have a cracker of a Diwali” -Sadhguru

“Diwali is celebrated for various cultural reasons, but historically, it is called ‘Naraka Chaturdashi’ because Narakasura, a very cruel king, was killed by Krishna on this day. Therefore, this is a major festival celebrated across India.”

“Evil need not necessarily come in the form of demons. Desperation, depression and frustration can cause much more damage to one’s life than the demons that you have not seen. Diwali is a reminder to slay all that is negative in our life.”

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“The celebration is auspicious in so many different ways.

On this day, it is said that if someone needs money, they pray to Goddess Lakshmi.

If someone wants health, they pray to Goddess Shakti.

If someone wants knowledge, they pray to Goddess Saraswati.

These are dialectical ways of expressing that it will lead to well being.”

“In Indian culture, there was a time when there used to be a festival every day of the year – 365 festivals in a year – because a festival is a tool to bring life to a state of exuberance and enthusiasm.”

“Today, people usually celebrate only around eight or ten festivals annually because of our occupation and other happenings. Unfortunately, festivals nowadays mean you are given holiday at work, and you wake up only at noon. Then you eat a lot and go for a movie or watch television at home. It was not like that earlier. A festival meant the whole town would gather and there would be a big celebration.”

“All these aspects were brought into Indian culture just to keep a man active and enthusiastic in so many ways. The idea behind this was to make our whole life into a celebration.”

If you approach everything in a celebratory way, you learn to be non-serious about life, but absolutely involved.”

“The passage, the secret of life is to see everything with a non-serious eye, but to be absolutely involved – like a game. That is the reason the most profound aspects of life are approached in a celebratory way, so that you don’t miss the point.”

“The idea of Diwali is to bring that aspect of celebration into your life – that is why the fire crackers, to set fire to you a bit!  If you are a damp squib, then you need a cracker from outside every day. Otherwise, it must happen like this within us every day. If we simply sit, our life energy, heart, mind and body must be exploding like a live cracker.Love & Grace”- Sadhguru

*Jaggi Vasudev, popularly known as Sadhguru, is an Indian yogi, mystic and New York Times bestselling author. He founded the Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization which offers Yoga programs around the world and is involved in social outreach, education and environmental initiatives.

 Hoping the goodness of this festive season, dwell within you and stay with you throughout the year. Wishing you a Happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year!!