Mythology 05 Sep 2017
In most cultures in Indian, or rather Asian, communities, there is an “Ishta Devta” of every family who is worshipped and passed on through their descendants. In order to worship these Gods and Goddesses, most of the cultures keep their idol at home or in the business establishment for praying and seeking their blessings.
These deities are often adorned with gold ornaments which are cleaned on daily basis during the pooja. There are various mythical and sacred beliefs behind this ritual:
If you look around, most of the Gods and Goddesses in Hindu culture are decked with gold ornaments. This is because since ancient times, the yellow metal has been considered the most precious metal. Thus, when it comes to the devotional sentiments towards God, the devotees do not compromise on the quality of metal that they embellish the idols with.
The ornaments go beyond decorating and cajoling our dear gods. These ornaments made of gold have their own significance according to the ancient beliefs of the Hindu culture. Below are some of the beliefs around the importance of these adornments:
These reasons define the Shringar of Gods and Goddesses that have been extensively followed in almost all Hindu households, across generations. The devotees commonly adorn their idols with gold, however, if the financial capability restricts, flowers are the next best way show your love and respect for the almighty.
Temple jewellery was used to adorn the idols of Gods and Goddesses. It carries many traditional symbols and many times holy symbols and etchings of Gods and Goddesses form a part of the design. This jewellery forms a valuable part of South Indian culture.
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