Is there any textual evidence that confirms the color of Hindu gods?

  • Hindu gods, most notably, Shiva, Krishna, Vishnu, Kali, are depicted as blue colored beings. But they are also depicted with many different skin colors, some looking more natural than others.

    Is there any textual evidence regarding the color of the skin of the gods? Or were these ideas of skin color made up by the illustrator?

  • durron597

    durron597 Correct answer

    7 years ago

    Short answer: Color signifies the property of the God's character. See this Mantra reference

    Long answer: Honestly, anything I write here would be a duplicate of this excellent answer on Hinduism.SE: Why are Hindu Gods colored?.

    I've made this answer community wiki as the content is not mine, so I don't deserve any rep from it. But at least this can be marked as accepted now. Here is the full text as written by @Creator in case it gets edited or removed:

    Color signifies the property of the God's character

    Shiva is karpur Gaur - i.e. white as a camphor, because he is sinless and is totally nirlipta(not affected by samsara or worldly habits or wealth) he is always covered in white Bhasma (ashes which come out of his own agni stambha form [refer :Linga Purana]).

    Talking about Rama he is light-blue colored signifying the calmness and politeness also the maryada(always being within human limits) in fact in our body the 5th chakra (from root chakra or mooladhar chakra) Throat Chakra is light-blue coloured (see this for more info on Throat Chakra or Vishudha chakra). It is said that after reaching this chakra kundalini dosen't goes down or one does not degrades (spritually) that's why lord Rama is taken as ideal human or god.

    Dark Blue color of lord Krishna Depicts the milan of Shiva and Hari it means the Sandhya Kal (Evening Time) where day meets night (day-shiva night-hari(dark blue)). Also Narayana's core character is regarded as Krishna that's why he is depicted Dark Blue same as narayana.The Anjana Chakra (Third-Eye) has same color as lord Krishna (see this for more info)

    अतुलितबलधामं हेमशैलाभदेहं
    दनुजवनकृशानुं ज्ञानिनामग्रगण्यम् ।
    सकलगुणनिधानं वानराणामधीशं
    रघुपतिप्रियभक्तं वातात्मजं नमामि ॥

    Mantra Reference

    This mantra from SunderKand of Ramayana depicts Characteristics of lord Hanuman. Here Haemshalbdeham means 'body like Golden Mountain'. The golden color of his body depicts that he is so beautiful and powerful (full of good aura) that his body has become golden also because of ram Bhakti or chanting of continuous ram name.

    At Last Gauri as name depicts is white as her husband Mahadev Lord Shiva, because she has unified with him she posses same character as Mahadev Lord Shiva.

    In humans it is the varna which is specified in jyotishya (Astrology) and the patrika of a person this depicts the color of human child when he is born and this affects its characterstics (do not consider it racism).According to this varna the gana is found.

    Read this if you want more details on colour and their significance.

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