Dressing-up for fes tive occasions is indeed a daunting task. Selecting an outfit, its colour and accessories, everything needs to be considered before you step out to celebrate the festival. However, this task becomes quite simpler during Navratra as each day of the festival represents different colours, thus adding to the excitement of celebration, especially among women. A few weeks before the festival itself, messages on mobiles and social networking sites start doing rounds mentioning the colour code for the nine days of the festival. Several newspapers also join the brigade to spread the word.Hence it is not unusual to see myriad shades of even a single colour on a particular day during this festival. The enthusiasm has grown a lot as in many work places too, small chits are pasted on the doors to indicate the colours of the week.
Colours play an integral part in the Navratra celebration as the nine colours represent the nine facets of Navadurga.Although colours play significant role for diagnostics in psychology, during Navratra, it symbolises shakti or the energy represented by each aspect of the Goddess. Goddess Shailaputri is represented by grey, while Brahmacharini dresses in flaming orange; the peaceful hue of white is donned by Chandrghanta, while the creator of the universe Kushmanda is assigned red. The colour blue signifies the destroyer of evils by the avatar of Skandamata and is worshipped on Lalita Panchami day. Moreover, the shakti avatar of Katyayani dons yellow while green is worn by Kalaratri who gives protection from evil.On Saraswati puja day, Mahagauri wears peacock green almost signifying the vehicle of the goddess of learning. Siddhidatri in purple shows supernatural powers.
In another scripture, orange is associated with courage and Chamunda Devi (who destroyed the demons Chanda and Munda), while parrot green is donned by Amba to express compassion. Purple is worn by Kushmanda to denote new beginnings, while red signifies action by Durga. The variations are perceptions of each incarnation of Durga and are explained in Saptashati, a holy book read during Navratri. Dr Manali Londhe, professor of philosophy explains, “Colours signify different energies. These aspects are related to the feelings about the Goddess.In Sankhya philosophy the triguna is explained as: satva-white, rajas-red and tamas-black. Red is needed for activity but satva represents peace and conscious thinking. Black is the colour of negativity and usually shunned during auspicious times.“
Many people also state that the colours indicated for popular use during Navratri are related to the colours of the planets. For instance, they advise yellow on Thursday which is the colour of Jupiter. The dark colours of grey or dark blue allocated to Saturdays rep resent the Saturn. So the shades don’t really matter what happens is the tremendous acceptance of this aspect during the annual festival.
Varied cultures show varied preferences and beliefs.Red is usually considered as a bridal colour whereas in Maharashtra, green is considered auspicious for the bride. So taking such differences into account, their importance during this particular festival of Navratra is worth a study.Whatever the reasons for colour dress codes during the nine-day utsav the fact remains that they are the unifying force although shades vary!
9 COLOURS OF NAVRATRA RED
The colour represents Goddess Durga the one who is always in action. Universally, red is perceived as warm and positive colour and symbolises action, energy and courage.