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Bandhanwar or Toran made up of mango leaves and marigolds

As Diwali is around the corner, Indian households are busy buying decorative items for their homes. But, there is one item which can be seen in almost every Indian household, and that is Bandhanwar or Toran.

According to the dictionary, Toran is a gateway which has three lintels between two posts. Interestingly, this has been inspired by the Buddhist tradition as well as the Hindu architecture. It must be noted that Bandhanwar or Toran is a door hanging made up of mango leaves and marigolds in thread and is generally hung at the main entrance of the house.


With the passage of time, wide range of variety has come up in the design of Bandhanwar or Toran. Therefore, now this beautiful decorative item comes in many vibrant colours and geometric designs. But, one may not find any Bandhanwar or Toran in black or gray colour, as these colours are associated with darkness.

Well, the main reason behind hanging a Bandhanwar or Toran at the main entrance of the house is to appease Goddess Lakshmi. This way, the Goddess blesses the house with health, wealth, and prosperity.

Historically, the first use of Bandhanwar or Toran in India dates all the way back to the 3rd century BCE. It was found at the Stupa of Sanchi during the Mauryan Empire. It must be noted that the Bandhanwar or Toran found here was an imitation of timber and brick construction in stone.

So, as Diwali is just in a few days, it is time to get the most pretty Bandhanwar or Toran from the market. Do not forget to go for vibrant and luminous colours!

Keywords: India, Diwali, Home Decor, Festivals, Buddhist Tradition, Mauryan Empire, Decor.


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