Published: 14 Dec 2018

What is the significance of gold in Hindu & Buddhist texts? #SpeakingOfGold with Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik

Indian author and mythologist

Gold is shown in a positive light in every ancient Indian text; mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik delves into these texts to explain its significance. From being described in the Rigveda as the primary vessel from which the world originated to the Upanishads describing gold as akin to the soul, pure and malleable, the references are vast and deeply profound. He discusses how, even in the monastic order of Buddhists, gold is appreciated as auspicious with Buddha’s statue being golden to symbolise his enlightenment and revered in various distinct religions.