Some women dressing colorful sari, the traditional indian garment, pass between the objective of my camera and the bright white marble of the Taj Mahal creating a great contrast picture (Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India).
An indian woman wearing a red traditional garment (sari), smiles after taking a bath at Galta ji, also know as Monkey Temple, an ancient Hindu place of pilgrimage (Jaipur, Rajasthan, India).
Galta ji consists of a series of temples built into a narrow fissure in the rock of the hills. A natural spring emerges high on the hill and flows downward, filling a series of sacred water tanks (kunds) in which pilgrims and monkeys bathe.
A blue eyes hindu pilgrim poses for my camera in the streets of the holiest city for the Hinduism and Jainism (Varanasi, also know as Benares, Uttar Pradesh, India).
Pilgrimage is the practice of traveling to sacred places, a spiritual journey, an important part of Hinduism doctrine. The Sanskrit word for pilgrimage, tirthayatra, is a compound word meaning a journey (yatra) to a crossing holy place (tirtha).
Indian culture is known for its use of symbolic and vibrant colors. The symbolism of color is present in many aspects of life in India. Colors play a very important role in social life, politics, religion, culture, festivals, celebrations, etc…
White is the absence of color. White represents peace and purity. It is the common color at funerals and ceremonies related with a death in the family. Is the only color that widows are allowed to wear.
Black color in India represents negativity, anger, darkness, absence of energy, barrenness, and death. Black is used as a representation of evil and is normally used to protect against the evil.
Red symbolizes sensuality, fertility, prosperity and positive energy. Red is the preferred color for a bride’s garment. Also the color associated with the Hindu mythology goddess, Durga, the mother of the universe.
Orange, dark saffron color, is considered the most sacred color in Indian culture. It represents sanctity, purity, sacrifice, courage and selflessness. Hindu monks wear saffron robes, as a symbol of their renunciation of the ego and all their worldly possessions.
Yellow is the color of knowledge and learning. It symbolizes meditation, competence and mental development. Lord Vishnu’s dress is yellow symbolizing his representation of knowledge.
The color blue is associated with creation. Blue is the color of the sky, the oceans, the rivers and the lakes. The deity who has the qualities of bravery, manliness, determination, the ability to deal with difficult situations, of stable mind and depth of character is represented as blue colored. Lord Rama and Krishna spent their life protecting humanity and destroying evil, hence they are colored blue.
Green symbolizes a new beginning, nature, harvest, life and happiness. It is also the revered color of Islam, with a large religious presence in India.