Colour My World – Orange

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

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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.

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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

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And couldn’t help smiling at this young monk’s intense scrutiny of an ‘apsara’ in Angkor Wat!

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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)

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

65 thoughts on “Colour My World – Orange

  1. As usual I cannot choose a favorite. The delicate and forty Spritz is a lovely contrast though ! Truly you have captured Orange !

      1. It looked iridescent Madhu. Some of your best photos on this post ! Hugs, Kathryn

    1. Thank you Patti. No credit to me….those colours, especially the ones from India, are unbelievably vivid.

  2. 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. 😉

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

  5. 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! 🙂

    1. Thanks Nicole. I joined recently and I think it is great fun. Look forward to catching up with you on Twitter 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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

  13. I have about three favourites here – aperol, fish and Shvana 🙂 I could tell orange is special for you. Exquisite captures, Madhu!

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