AUTHOR: SATYAJIT GANGULY | OCTOBER,2020
The most simplest and commonest of things can dazzle and blow your mind, if only one can see it in new perspectives, clarity and brilliantly real colours.
Goddess Durga, is an embodiment of the three qualities of
- Satwa (inactivity)
- Rajas (activity)
- Tamas (non activity)
and, thus the three contrasting colours that strongly encapsulates the spirit of Durga Puja are
The angry aspect of shakti is Durga, her blood curdling red eyes reveals a rage with a hint of satisfaction that justice has been served and red is her sari depicting anger of the warrior goddess exterminating hordes of evil doers drenching the earth with blood.
Her ornaments and weapons are white/silver signifying peace and purity.
The traditional skin tone or color of Goddess Durga (in Bengal and eastern parts of India) is turmeric yellow. Because of her turmeric yellow skin the Goddess is identified as haldi-mukhi or turmeric-faced. The colour yellow is luminous. It is the colour of life giving light – the colour that repels negativity. This yellow colour connects the goddess with gold, with the harvest, with lions, and all things Mangala(auspicious). This complexion makes her radiant as the sun as yellow colour when combined with any other colour increases brightness .It is also contrasted with dark Shiva.