Navratri is one of the grandest festivals of Hindus and is celebrated with utmost zeal and enthusiasm. With Sharad Navratri round the corner, people have started their preparations for the festival with their faith in goddess Durga. Navratri is a festival of merrymaking with vibrant colours being found everywhere ranging from clothes to rangolis, decorations, and lights. However, there are nine prominent colours of the festival which have special significance with each day of the Navratri. It can be understood as the nine colours betokening the nine forms Shakti. Let us know about these nine colours and their symbolism with the nine days of Navratri.
The Significance Of Navrari's Vibrant 9 Colours
Beginning with yellow which symbolizes warmth, cheerfulness, and exuberance, this colour is related to the first incarnation of the goddess as Shailputri. She is the epitome of strength and gentleness and is the daughter of Himavan - the king of the Himalayas. Shailputri and colour yellow both signify new beginnings and high spirits.
The second day of Navratri is devoted to the goddess Brahmacharini- the second form of Shakti. In this form, the goddess is believed to have embraced asceticism like lord Shiva. The colour green is often associated with her which signifies nature, perseverance, energy, and purity.
Goddess Chandraghanta, the third incarnation of Durga is often seen wearing a half-moon on her head. She is seen as a symbol of strength and power and hence the colour grey reflects these qualities of her.
The colour orange is a symbol of love, joy, determination, and warmth when seen as a colour of Navaratri and associated with the fourth form of Shakti- goddess Kushmanda. Goddess Kushmanda signifies all these qualities and hence the colour orange is often used in worshipping her on the fourth day of Navratri.
White is the colour of purity, peace, innocence, faith, and divinity. Goddess Skandmata, the fifth form of Shakti and the mother of Kartikeya, known as the god of war, epitomizes all these qualities and embraces her devotees like her children. Therefore, the white-coloured flowers are offered to her while praying.
The most widespread colour of Navratri, red colour is analogous to the fifth embodiment of Shakti as goddess Katyayani. She is the daughter of saint Katyayan and is believed to have had formed with the anger of gods. She is a paragon of vigour and action, hence the colour red.
The seventh incarnation of Durga, goddess Kalratri or Kali is the goddess of destruction. She is believed to destroy all the negative energies of the world and restore positivity. Her qualities of destruction and construction along with her fierce appearance is mirrored by the colour blue.
Pink is the colour of freshness, desires, youthfulness, and romance. The eighth form Shakti - goddess Mahagauri is also the one who blesses her devotees and grant them their wishes. Hence, the colour is pink is associated with her.
Siddhidatri is goddess Durga's ninth incarnation. She imparts knowledge and assists you in achieving your goals. As a result, the colour purple is associated with aspiration and grandeur and is used to while worshipping her on the final day of Navratri.