“Agnimile purohitam yajnasya devam rtvijam hotaram ratna dhatamam.”
This is the first verse of Rig Veda and the translation is –
I adore the Fire, the sacrificial priest, luminous vibrations of Truth, the fierce warrior, the bestower of delight.
The verse means that we must invoke the fire of enthusiasm which is the gateway to higher knowledge and the slayer of the demon of lethargy and also the bestower of delight.
I mentioned the verse in the context of the colour Saffron. The fire that drives a person to bring out the best, the delight that a person gets in renunciation of worldly pleasure, the beautiful aura that the sky emits at dawn – symbolically is Saffron which is also called bhagwa, gerua or kesariya.
Every colour in the Indian tri-coloured National Flag designed by Pingali Venkayyaand which was adopted on 22July1947 have very specific meanings. Saffron is one of those colours symbolizing renunciation or disinterestedness. The philosopher Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan described the deeper meaning of this colour attributing it to the leaders who must be indifferent to material gains and dedicate themselves to their work.
Coming back to my saffron saree, I am certain, she or her kinds glorifies every Bengali woman’s saree trousseau. Not only she looks good, but she is extremely comfortable and ideal for summer. Paired her with a fabindia blouse with saffron embroidery and some silver