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

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Navratri- Worshipping the Feminine Divine

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“Navratri” literally means nine nights.

The worship of the feminine has been the most ancient form of worship, widespread in India. The Indian festival of Navratri is dedicated to the feminine nature of the Divine and is the exploration of the three forms of goddesses namely; Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. These three Goddesses are seen as three dimensions of the feminine.

 

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Those who aspire for strength or power, worship forms of Durga or Kali.

Those who aspire for wealth, passion or material gifts worship Lakshmi.

Those who aspire for knowledge, worship Saraswati.

During Navratri most Hindus invoke the energy aspect of God in the form of the universal mother, commonly referred to as Maa Durga who is known to be the remover of miseries of life. Whenever evil and demonic tendencies start becoming dominant in society troubling the pious, the righteous and the spiritual, the divine Energy principle is incarnated to destroy these unrighteous elements.

It is this Shakti (energy) which helps God to proceed with the work of creation, preservation and destruction.

Our worship of Shakti reconfirms the scientific theory that energy is imperishable, it cannot be created or destroyed. It is always omnipresent.

During the nine days of Navratri, the first three days are dedicated to Durga, the next three to Lakshmi, and the last three to Saraswati.

The tenth day, Vijayadashami, signifies the triumph over all these three aspects of life.

Navratri comes four times in a year but the more popular ones are celebrated twice in a year. The Ashwina Navratri, starts at the beginning of winter (between September and October-This year it starts on 10th October till 18 October) and the Chaitra Navratri, comes during the beginning of summer, between March and April. The dates for the festival are based on the Hindu Lunar calendar.

Navaratri is celebrated in different ways throughout India. Some fast, others feast. Some revere the same Mother Goddess in her nine different aspects. To some, Navratri is a cultural and social festival which marks family time, along with the celebration of various performance arts ,dance. etc.

Scientifically speaking, just before the beginning of summer and winter, Mother Nature undergoes a major change. Fasting or abstaining from certain foods during this time is considered beneficial to the body as it prepares to face the seasonal changes ahead.

May MAA DURGA empower you and your family with her nine Swaroopa (forms) namely; Name, Fame, Health, Wealth, Education, Grace, Bhakti (worship) and Shakti.

Happy Navratri!!