colour is considered auspicious by Hindus. This color has a special significance to the
Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. Among the Sikhs it is considered to be a militant colour
signifying a fight against injustice. Saffron coloured triangular flag is considered to be
a religious symbol.. This flag is seen flying atop temples (Mandirs) and Gurudwaras.
Buddhist bhikkus (monks living upon alms) always where
saffron coloured robes. But among the Hindus this color is most prominently visible in
their flag, robes, the Tilaka (mark applied on the forehead), statues of Hindu Gods are
daubed with saffron paste. In the diverse and multifaceted Hindu religion, the saffron
colour is one of the few elements that commands a universal acceptance among Hindus.
The saffron pigment is traditionally derived
from the saffron plant (Autumn crocus) which is called Keshar from which the saffron
colour derives one of its names - Keshari. This plant is grown in the sub-Himalayan
regions and is very rare.