Friday, June 12, 2015

The Colour of Love - Part 2

What is the colour of love? Red? So when you give a red rose to someone, it communicates your love, right? It's yellow for friendship, and black for hate! Well, here's some food for thought.

The festival of Vasant Panchami is celebrated on the fifth day of the Indian month of Magh - or the spring season. Vasant Panchami is celebrated as Goddess Saraswati's birthday. Her statues are dressed in yellow and worshipped. The yellow colour has importance as it is the predominant colour of blooms in nature, especially of the mustard flowers.

("Mustard Fields" by Nitin Das - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

Vasant Panchami is also associated with Shingar Rasa, and Kamadev, the God of love and desire, along with his wife, Rati, and friend Vasant . A story from the Puranas says that Lord Shiva burnt Kamadev to ashes for disturbing his penace. Devotees apply sandalwood paste to ease the pain from the stinging burns. Since it is related to Kamadev, yellow colour is considered the colour of love.

So, apart from celebrating Valentine's day, will you also celebrate Vasant Panchami, and give a yellow rose to the one you love?