The feeling when you hear a song you love with a bunch of people who love that song as well,
or be it the feeling of everyone being happy-sad while doing the ganpati visarjan each year,
Or it could be something as basic as the urge of taking a picture when you see multiple people in office wearing the similar colour attire on any day.
There are some moments which evoke such emotions that it bind people of all kinds together to generate something called as the ‘community feeling’. However frivolous the source of the feeling maybe, but most likely the power of it is extremely strong and contagious.
One such moment which lead to a wave of ‘community feeling’ within me was seeing a swarm of ladies in yellow when I hopped on to the train the other day.
No one was really shouting, cheering or hooting in train but just watching them all come in different attires of yellow all dressed up, following a tradition (which is not always a bad idea!), It just gave that dull boring compartment so much zest and spice and that mundane day of going to work suddenly had something to look forward to. Everyone admired each other for the unique yellow they were wearing and there was definitely a sense of excitement in all of them which was immensely contagious even to me who was in an ink blue.
And not just the energy and joy of celebrating a ritual together but the compartment was oozing with tonnes of creativity as well as I saw women of all shapes and sizes and age groups putting in their mind to bring out the best yellow in them. Yellow with green, yellow with flowers, yellow and pink and some liked just a dash of yellow.
As we know that just before Navratri (the festival which worships goddess Navdurga in her 9 forms) we all get these WhatsApp messages telling us what colour to wear on what day, it does have a reason to it.
So here I go today just digging out a little to figure out what these 9 colours of 9 days signify exactly to make more sense out of it. Ofcourse there are different versions to this order of colours all over the net, but I have tried my best to source out what each one signifies and why?!
Day 1 – Pratipada – Red
This day the goddess is worshipped as ‘Shailputri’ or the daughter of mountains and the red apparently signifies action and vigour. and what’s a better colour to kick off this festival with other than red.
Day 2 – Dwitiya – Royal Blue
On the second day the goddess assumes the role of Brahmacharini. Hence blue of the peacock feather is the colour of the day and signifies calmness alongwith powerful energy.
Day 3 – Tritiya – Yellow
Third day we worship Durga maa in her form of Chandra ghanta which resonated with beauty and bravery.
Day 4 – Chathurthi – Green
Goddess Durga in form of Kushmanda in worshipped on day 4. It is believed that she created the universe with the bout of her laughter and made it verdant with vegetation hence the colour green
Day 5 – Panchmi – Grey
Skand Mata holding the infant Kartik in her hand is worshipped as the 5th form of Goddess Durga. Grey indicates vulnerability of the mother which can become a storm as and when needed to protect the child from danger.
Day 6 – Shasthi – Orange
THe goddess in her form of Katyayani is worshipped as one of Durga maa’s form. The colors indicates courage and valour.
Day 7 – Saptami – White
Kalratri is apparently the most fierce form of goddess Durga, this form is known for protecting it’s worshippers if they pray to her for protection. The colour white signifies peace and prayer, hence the colour white.
Day 8 – Astami – Pink
The colour pink denotes hope and fresh start and finds its place on the astami day of Navratri.
Day 9 – Navami – Light blue
The last and the final day Goddess Durga is worshipped in the form of Siddhidatri, she is known to have
supernatural healing powers and she appears to be in a blissful state. Hence the colour Sky Blue.
Hope you guys enjoyed the piece of this “community feeling”which got me so engulfed that I had to figure what these unity in colours was all about. Ofcourse everyone has their own versions to these colours and somewhere deep down there will be the actual reasons as well. But for next year if you see a bunch of men and women wearing similar colour clothes you know won’t be surprised or thinking that it is their uniform. Until then Happy Dusshera and see you until Blogpost 6. Adiós!