Published: 07 Dec 2018

Why is gold believed to be auspicious in India? #SpeakingOfGold with Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik

Indian author and mythologist

According to Devdutt Pattanaik, whose reinterpretations of mythologies is gaining much interest, gold in Indian traditions is auspicious as it is the colour of all that is cherished and sought for. The colour of the sun and said to be the colour of the gods, gold is said to represent the glow of divinity. And so, to bring in gold is to bring in divinity, in the form of Lakshmi. The writer also discusses the Indian concept of the ‘aatman’ or the soul and how gold is the perfect symbol to represent it, incorruptible and resilient.