A SYM­BOL IN RE­LI­GIOUS MYTHOL­OGY:

Hair - - From The History -

Hair in Hin­duism is a pow­er­ful sym­bol. In the ba­sic sense, the hair of a per­son al­ways con­veys a mes­sage re­gard­ing their per­sona, and ev­ery flower and ac­ces­sory that goes into it has a mean­ing too. Un­bound and un­ruly hair rep­re­sents a wild na­ture, and on the other hand well-oiled and combed hair is a mark of civ­i­liza­tion and do­mes­ti­ca­tion.

Shiva has thick mat­ted dread­locks, much like Kali’s hair, which is a mark of their wild na­ture, fury and power. In the Ma­hab­harata, Drau­padi’s choice of keep­ing her hair un­washed and un­bound un­til the war is won, rep­re­sents her fury and yearn­ing for vengeance for her in­sult by the Kau­ravas.

Amidst the plethora of deities in the Hindu mythol­ogy Lord Kr­ishna has curly hair, an in­di­ca­tor of his con­trolled, civilised, yet not-sosim­ple per­son­al­ity. The god­desses— Lak­shmi, Saraswati and Durga— have loose un­bound hair, a sym­bol of their power, yet con­trolled na­ture.

The tonnes of hair that the Tiru­mala Venkateswara Tem­ple in Tiru­pati in Andhra Pradesh re­ceives, ev­ery year: the devo­tees shed their hair, in turn shed­ding their shakti and tej for their wishes to be granted.

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