Turmeric - spiritual

Yellow and yellow-orange are colours with sacred and auspicious connotations in the Indian subcontinent. Turmeric is important in Hindu and Buddhist ceremonies.


Turmeric is associated with fertility and prosperity, and brings good luck if applied to a bride's face and body, as part of the ritual purification before a wedding. Turmeric roots may be given as a present on special occasions, such as a visit to a pregnant woman. Turmeric powder is also sprinkled on sacred images. The use of turmeric is prohibited in a house of mourning.
Turmeric powder is being placed on a colourfully clad bride, at this Hindu wedding.
Turmeric is often applied to a bride's face and body as part of ritual purification during a wedding ceremony.

Yellow and orange are both special colours in Hinduism, yellow being associated with Vishnu, and as the colour of the space between chastity and sensuality. Orange signifies sacrifice and renunciation and courage. Originally associated with the sun and as part of solar symbolism, the colours were absorbed into the mythology of Hinduism.

Chakras in Hindu belief are mystical centres of orientation. Orange represents the sacral chakra and yellow represents the solar plexus chakra. This yogic concept is of the inner cosmology of a being discovered through meditative practice. It is best described in the tantras or texts important in Tantric Hinduism and Vajrayana Buddhism. In Buddhism yellow is the colour of the Bodhisattva Ratnasambhava.