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purple is the colour of the Crown Chakra.

By Saish Bhise

For a Hindu, colours play a very important role in the practice of religion. Colours play a pivotal role in the Hindu culture. Hindu deities are mainly dressed to signify their qualities. Spiritual colours and devotional music both together are known to create a nonchalant, spiritual environment for the pilgrims. One can experience the same at various holy sites in India. Some of the main colours used in religious ceremonies are red, yellow, green, white and the most important of all Saffron.


The colour purple is imbued with a different set of symbolic meanings in various religions. In Catholicism, purple is closely associated with Advent and Lent and carries connotations of royalty dating back to the sovereignty of Christ.

Hinduism associates the colour purple with the feeling of oneness with Supreme, peace and wisdom. Also in Hindusim, they say that the colour purple is the colour of the Crown Chakra. The crown chakra is the meeting point between the physical body and the universe and soul. This chakra embraces the gratitude for your life. Moreover, some people have known to experience it when the awakening of the Kundalini Shakti.


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In traditional Buddhism, lotus flowers symbolized purity and rebirth, but their meanings alter marginally as they change colour. The purple lotus flower is also called the mystic lotus. When pictured as a bud it represents the heart prior to enlightenment, and in full bloom, it symbolizes the virtues of The Buddha.

Globally royalty, wealth and power are the common themes associated with the colour purple For many centuries, purple dye was extremely difficult to produce because it was extracted mainly from sea snails. Subsequently, purple clothing was expensive and became a status symbol among the oligarchy. Purple is also the colour associated with mourning and funeral related activities in various countries. On the contrary, in the United States, purple is associated with honour and courage.

The Purple Heart is one of the military's highest awards given to soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen felicitating their acts of bravery.


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