Importance of Saffron colour (Bhagwa/Kesari) in Hinduism

In Sanatan Dharma, the dark saffron colour indicates sacrifice, religious abstinence, the quest for light and salvation. Bhagwa is the most sacred colour for the Hindus and is often worn by sadhus who have left their home in search of the ultimate truth and serving the society before self.

It is to be said, in the earlier times Hindu saints were always fond of nature. One of the biggest components of Vedas is the “Aranyakas” – experiments with nature. Two of the most impressive things that Hindu saints found were – Sandhya (time of sunset/sunrise) and Agni (fire). A big part of Vedas is about extolling the virtues of the Sun and Fire. Thus these three predominant colours of sunset and Agni are yellow, orange/saffron and red became the holiest colours of Hinduism.

Hindu saints and spiritual stalwarts have always been saying things based on their experiences. As per legend, we experience saffron colour when we reach to Samadhi. When your energy flows from Muladhara (Root Chakra) to Sahasrara Chakra (Crown Chakra), and you awaken the entire Kundalini, the colour which you experience is Saffron.

We have seen Bhagwan Rama, Bhagwan Laxaman and Mata Seeta wore saffron during their exile and also saints they met during their journey. Saints wear saffron and it isn’t just an unreasonable choice. There is science behind the choice of the colour and it is, in fact, the colour of the most spiritual chakra, one which has unimaginable healing powers.


Our proud Indian national flag, Tiranga has saffron colour in it with white and green. The saffron in the Tiranga represents sacrifice, valour, courage, renunciation and disinterestedness. Independence means self-dependent or dependency on our true inner selves which can only be achieved by the Sadhnas and self-examination. We all need to awaken our chakras and reach our own Bhagwa.