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The Hindu population identifies colors with philosophy and tradition and is often used as a tool for worship

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  • Transcending the decorative values and emotional association, Hinduism which is so in tune with nature, gives a spiritual meaning to almost every color
  • The Hindu population identifies colors with philosophy and tradition and is often used as a tool for worship
  • Red symbolizes passion, power, strength and purity and is of utmost significance in the Hindu religion

The way we view and perceive the wonderful world around us is because of the life is given to it by colors. Colors not only define what we see but have also been proven to induce emotions and generate thoughts that can drastically change our state of being. We often associate colors to feelings like how anger and passion can be associated with warm colors like red and orange, and sadness and calmness are linked to colors like blue and green.

Colors when used to depict natural elements like the sun, the earth, and the sky, become the symbolic representation of that element possessing all of its characteristics and functions. Transcending the decorative values and emotional association, Hinduism which is so in tune with nature, gives a spiritual meaning to almost every color. The Hindu population identifies colors with philosophy and tradition and is often used as a tool for worship. Saints dress themselves in saffron to symbolize purity and blue is associated with the Hindu deity Krishna.

Here are some of the colors and their significance-

Red

Red symbolizes passion, power, strength and purity and is of utmost significance in the Hindu religion. In the wedding ceremonies, brides wear red clothing, put red dye in their hair and place a red dot on their foreheads as it signifies purity. It also depicts fertility as the clay earth is red and produces many harvests. Red is also the color of shakti. Deities depicted in red are those who are charitable, brave, and protective. According to the traditions, on the death of a woman, her body is wrapped in a red cloth for the cremation.

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 Saffron
Saffron which is composed of shades of golden-yellow and orange represents the fire which burns the impurities and cleanses itself in the process. Holy men and ascetics who have renounced the world dress in saffron as it represents purity and religious abstinence.The color saffron is also representative of lightness and wisdom, qualities that the saints possess.

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Green

Green represents the natural world that the deities created and symbolizes purity, peace, and happiness. It also is  symbolic of the happiness, peace, and harmony that the deities bring to Hindus. Fertility, life, and rebirth that are found in nature are also represented by the color green.

White

Purity, cleanliness, peace, and knowledge are what the color white represents. Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge,  is always shown as wearing a white dress, sitting on a white lotus. White is also symbolic of death in Hinduism. A Hindu widow wears a white dress in mourning as it represents their need to reflect back to the world and detach themselves from society while grieving.

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Blue

The sky, the oceans, the rivers and lakes that make up most of what we see are blue. It is symbolic of the peacefulness of nature. Many Hindu gods, such as Vishnu, Krishna, and Shiva, are depicted as having blue skin as it represents calmness and intuition. A deity like Lord Rama and Krishna who has the qualities of bravery, manliness, determination, the ability to deal with difficult situations, of stable mind and depth of character are colored blue.

Yellow

Often depicted in the clothes of wise Hindu deities, such as Vishnu, Krishna, and Ganesha, the color yellow symbolizes stability and knowledge, and spring.As the color of the sun, yellow also represents the characteristics of the sun, such as light, warmth, and happiness. It is also the color of spring which activates the mind.

– prepared by Ajay Krishna of NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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In a Twitter post on Friday, Star ICC, formed under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 said it had reached out to the accuser through two emails on the ID provided by her through her tweets. The committee’s external member is Veena Gowda, a Mumbai-based woman rights lawyer.

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Asked to comment on the allegations, a Star India spokesperson said in a statement that despite no response by the anonymous accuser to the messages sent, the Star ICC had “suo moto conducted a preliminary inquiry and found no basis or factual accuracy” in respect of the allegations.

“We strongly urge any genuine complainant to approach the Star ICC. At Star, we stand with women in drawing the line on any behaviour that violates human dignity or the ability for women to pursue their dreams with respect and freedom. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment,” read the statement in response to an email query by IANS.

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The accuser said that while she was at the company, there were “clear instructions” given to make the sales team fulfil the targets in case they want to continue with their employment contract, “for which even if you have to take the clients to a hotel room and sleep with them for days.”

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She says the influential friends were “mostly bureaucrats and sometimes politicians and foreign nationals” who were “all ready to violate you, force you to dance against your wishes, drink with them, make drink(s) for them, exchange your numbers and even quietly accompany them to their respective rooms if they want you to”.

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