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What are Various Important Threads in Hinduism?

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Coloured Threads in Hinduism:

Hinduism has many ways to get rid of evil eyes and mishaps. If you are a believer who follows them with all your heart, positive results are visible. Among these rituals, threads of various colours for different body parts have their significance. 

Let’s now understand the significance of these coloured threads.

White Thread (Janeu)

Upper-caste male families only wear Janeu. Brahmans, Kshatriyas, and Vaishyas usually wear this on the upper body. This sacred thread of the Kshatriya is of hempen threads, a Brahmins is of cotton, and that of a Vaisya are woollen threads.

Significance: This ceremony of Janeu is sacred and depicts the change of a young boy to a man. 

Red Thread (Kalava)

Priests usually tie Red Thread on men’s and unmarried women’s right hands, while on the left hand of married women. It is first offered as a cloth to the deity and is cotton fibre. Bhadrapad Shukla Chaturdashi or Anant Chaturdashi marks the wearing of red thread to be very optimistic and promises prosperity and happiness. 

Significance: The Kalava is also called ‘Raksha Thread’ and symbolises long life and protection from enemies.

Black Thread

Another powerful thread worn is the Black thread. Children at a young age tie it around the waist, while adults wear it as an armlet, on their left wrist or as a necklace. People who channel Tantric Vidhya or Black Magic wear it on their right foot. 

Significance: It keeps children away from evil spirits, evil eyes or unwanted tantra mantras.

Orange Or Saffron Thread

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People wear Orange threads in south and east India for different reasons. This is a long thread wrapped around the wrist many times to form a bundle.

Significance: This is said to bring power and fame and guard the person against all evil.

Yellow Thread

This colour is necessary for auspicious tasks like house inauguration ceremonies or marriages. Fat cotton threads in Haldi are Yellow Thread that is important for good luck during weddings. Moreover, the bride also wears it with three knots tied either on an armlet or neck.

Significance: This is believed for a happy and prosperous married life and ensures the husband’s long life.

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