Why are Hindu gods colored?

2017-05-19 16:12:52

Shiva is white, Rama is sky blue, Krishna is black, Hanuman is Goldena and Gowri is red (red+white+yellow in fact) in color.

Though the God is unique, He takes different forms with different colors for each avatar. Is there any significance behind the colors?

Can we apply the same theory of color is based on character to humans?

Color signifies the property of the God's character

Shiva is karpur Gaur - i.e. white as camphor, because he is totally nirlipta(not affected by samsara or worldly habits or wealth) he is always covered in white Bhasma (ashes which come out of his own agni stambha form [refer :Linga Purana]).

Talking about Shri Rama he is light-blue colored signifying the calmness and politeness also the maryada(always being within human limits).

Dark Blue color of lord Krishna is similar to the Sandhya Kal (Evening Time) where day meets night.

अतुलितबलधामं हेमशैलाभदेहं दनुजवनकृशानुं ज्ञानिनामग्रगण्यम् ।

सकलगुणनिधानं वानराणामधीशं रघुपतिप्रियभक

  • Color signifies the property of the God's character

    Shiva is karpur Gaur - i.e. white as camphor, because he is totally nirlipta(not affected by samsara or worldly habits or wealth) he is always covered in white Bhasma (ashes which come out of his own agni stambha form [refer :Linga Purana]).

    Talking about Shri Rama he is light-blue colored signifying the calmness and politeness also the maryada(always being within human limits).

    Dark Blue color of lord Krishna is similar to the Sandhya Kal (Evening Time) where day meets night.

    अतुलितबलधामं हेमशैलाभदेहं दनुजवनकृशानुं ज्ञानिनामग्रगण्यम् ।

    सकलगुणनिधानं वानराणामधीशं रघुपतिप्रियभक्तं वातात्मजं नमामि ॥

    Mantra Reference

    This mantra from SunderKand of Ramayana depicts Characteristics of Shri Hanuman. Here Haemshalbdeham means 'body like Golden Mountain'. The golden color of his body depicts that he is beautiful and powerful (full of tejas) that is his body has become golden colored due to Shri Rama bhakti or chanting of contin

    2017-05-19 17:17:38