You must have come across many people wearing different coloured threads on
various parts of their body. Wearing sacred threads is a common
practice in Hinduism. You will find people wearing threads of various
colours like white, black, yellow, red and orange on their wrists or
neck and sometimes on the waist.Each
sacred thread of the Hindu religion has an importance of its own. They
are usually tied to a part of the body to ward off evil eye or for
prosperity and good health. An interesting fact about these sacred
threads of Hinduism is that not all the threads can be worn by every
one. The 'Janeu' thread for example is worn only by the upper castes of
the Hindu religion. Even the yellow thread or the Mangalsutra is worn
only by married women. So, do you want to know more about the
significance of the sacred threads in Hinduism? Then read on.
Red Thread or Kalava
Black colour denotes protection from the evil eye. A black thread is usually
tied to the waist of small children to protect them against 'nazar' or
Orange or saffron threads are also tied on the wrist as it is said to bring fame, power and guard the person against all evil.
The sacred white thread is tied on the Upanayana ceremony. This thread is
also known as the 'Janeu thread'. White symbolises purity. According to
Hindu practices, the white thread is only worn by the upper caste people
of the religion.
The yellow thread is the symbol of marriage. On the wedding day, the yellow
thread is prepared using turmeric and is tied around the bride's neck
with three knots while the priest recites Vedic hymns.