I love the colour orange. In any hue or shade ranging from amber to vermilion. Although I have a particular penchant for tawny rusts and burnt siennas, I do enjoy vivid orange accents. Not surprising then that I found many ‘orange’ shots in my travel albums. Here is a sample. Click on the images to visit the relevant posts.
Most Hindu Gods are associated with a divine ‘transport’, usually an animal or bird. Like Nandi (bull), the mount of Lord Shiva or Goddess Durga’s fierce lion/tiger, or Ganesha’s little mouse. The image below is of Shvana (Sanskrit for dog) the vehicle of Khal Bhairav, a fierce manifestation of Shiva, in his temple in Varanasi
Orange, or saffron, is considered very auspicious in the kaleidoscope that is India, and is present in her national flag. It is said to symbolise strength, sacrifice and renunciation. Gods, as well as Godmen, are usually decked in shades of orange . These vibrant marigold garlands in the wholesale flower market in Kolkata await a host deity or perhaps a temple portal.
There is no better place to witness the spirituality associated with saffron and orange than South East Asia. We felt blessed to have been able to get a glimpse of the sacred in this temple in Luang Prabang
And couldn’t help smiling at this young monk’s intense scrutiny of an ‘apsara’ in Angkor Wat!
Kitsune are the fox messengers of the Inari Ōkami – the Shinto Goddess of rice, and of fertility and prosperity. Many such Kitusne are to be found around the Fushimi Inari shrine near Kyoto, famous for its vermilion ‘Senbon Torii’ (Thousand Torii gates)
Speaking of Japanese Torii, this iconic gate at the Itsukushima shrine in Miyajima, is the grandest of them all. It is listed as one of Japan’s three most celebrated scenic sights.
Far from spiritual but equally sublime, the Spritz – a blend of Prosecco with Aperol or Campari – is a new favourite, and contributed muchly to the enjoyment of my solo week in Venice this past April!
The golden orange Koi are oriental symbols of prosperity. This was a feeding frenzy at the Yu Yuan gardens in Shanghai.
Although I captured this little Indian Pitta without stepping out of my front door, I do think he is too sublimely orange to be left out of this particular gallery.
Until next time…..happy travels, no matter where life takes you!
PS: Click on the images to visit the relevant posts.
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What a color! I love your orange photos, Madhu!!! 🙂
Delighted that you do…..thank you Marina 🙂
Indeed, as they say, Rang de basanti! In India, you’re never far from that colour.
True. You should check out this spectacular post by one of my American blog friends on his impressions of India:
As usual I cannot choose a favorite. The delicate and forty Spritz is a lovely contrast though ! Truly you have captured Orange !
Thank you Kathryn. The Spritz was a great cheerful companion on my solo trip 🙂
It looked iridescent Madhu. Some of your best photos on this post ! Hugs, Kathryn
To you too. Hope things are looking up a bit?
Great photos!!! Love the whole post!!!
Thank you for sharing
Thank you for reading. I appreciate your visit and comment Max.
koi fishes are lucky 🙂
I know! Saw them all over China and Japan.
I love these pictures! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day.
To you too! Thank you for stopping by to comment.
Love the captures! Tx for sharing 🙂
You are most welcome Jacson. Thank you for stopping by.
You always catch the rich, deep tones of orange so beautifully Madhu!
Thank you Patti. No credit to me….those colours, especially the ones from India, are unbelievably vivid.
You have shown us a stunning collection of orange Madhu. I love them.
Happy you do. Thank you Colline.
I love it too, but not to wear. The little pitta bird is a delight 🙂
Me too. That delightful bird hasn’t appeared since then. Keeping my eyes peeled.
I adore orange, too—these are gorgeous, Madhu! And, of course, I had to click on the pitta bird (I agree with Lucid Gypsy that he is a delight!) and re-read the earlier post. And yes—I love seeing and reading about YOU, and it has ZERO reflection on your travel writing. 😉
Sweet of you Riba. Missing your beautiful introspective posts. Hope your muse returns and soon 🙂
This is a beautiful post – the colour orange represents the second chakra – creativity, fertility and abundance. My patents bought me a home a gold temple rubbing of two apsaras from Angkor Wat…it hangs framed in my office. I love it.
It does indeed. The apsaras in Siem Reap are beautiful and each unique in dress and features! That monk was totally captivated 🙂 Thank you Sara.
What a great way to show the diversity of your travels, and to offer many posts in one. Thank you for wonderful shots and for adding to the lexicon of orange.
Thanks Meg. I just discovered the potential of linking images to posts. I feel it is a great way of resurrecting old posts for new readers.
I miss those Indian marigolds.
That is understandable Ian 🙂 Few other flowers match their vibrancy!
Gorgeous Madhu! I love each and every photo! I used to do FriFotos on Twitter but then I kind of forgot about it. I’ll have to join in again as I love all the photos! 🙂
Thanks Nicole. I joined recently and I think it is great fun. Look forward to catching up with you on Twitter 🙂
I love the color orange, too, Madhu, and these photos are fabulous! 🙂
Thank you Lauren. Happy Tuesday! 🙂
You have captured the essence of orange, Madhu. It not only makes something special to stand out but adds that lovely and lively feeling to the photos.
Great collection Madhu! 🙂
Thank you Sid.
Wow. You have so many beautiful pictures that feature orange, and all are so different. I love the koi pond!
Beautiful pictures 🙂
The oranges and saffron of SE Asia and India certainly stand out with me too, Madhu, but wasn’t aware of the connection in Japan. Lovely photos, and the Pitta is a great addition.
Orange is a happy color. Lovely gallery here, Madhu. 🙂
Wow. One of the colors of India. Fantastic gallery, Madhu! 🙂
A delightful post! Nice to have read it through your far-reaching, extraordinary eyes. What I found missing from this coverage is the saffron attire of the monks in Ramakrishna Mission the world over. I would like you to have a look at this write-up by me http://blog.indianeagle.com/2014/08/20/kumari-puja-at-belur-math-in-bengal/
Orange is one of my favorite colors, it is one of the few colors that inhabit my wardrobe. Strange.
I absolutely loved this portfolio, beautiful and sublime. Thank you
Madhu … You captured many beautiful hues of Orange. My absolute favorite is the Torii -” this iconic gate at the Itsukushima shrine in Miyajima.” It is a architectural feature I recall drawing when I was a teen. I saw a photo of it in a book and just loved it.
nice post! the first photo is stunning!
Beautiful shades of orange, Madhu. The sweet little Indian Pitta is the star of the show. 🙂
A great collection to a special color … and I love how some cultures embrace bright colors.
What a neat idea for a blog post–focusing on a colour. I especially love the pond with the Koi, but all the photos, and their variety, make this an excellent post. Thanks for sharing.
Orange is one of my favourite colours, Madhu. There is something particularly Asian about it, don’t you think? And the orange headings on your blog look great. From India to Indochina and Japan, perhaps it is really a universal expression of the divine. The torii and monks’ robes would look quite strange in any other shade. And the shot of the monk at Angkor is priceless – it makes me wonder which apsara (or what part of the sculpture) he was looking at!
beautiful gallery of orange! such lovely and happy color 🙂
Orange is soooo much Asia! (And Holland too!)
I’m blue myself. The blue of the French republic. Somewhat darker than Krishna’s!
Have a nice week-end, Madhu
Simply breathtaking. I’m following.
I have about three favourites here – aperol, fish and Shvana 🙂 I could tell orange is special for you. Exquisite captures, Madhu!
A brilliant series of a brilliant color–I love orange too, warms from the inside out. I love the variety of this series, Madhu.
Not just the colour but the theme and the story reflected in each of the picture are just beautiful…
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Love all your oranges…but my heart belongs to the bird…