When Diwali is just around the corner we all hope on buying items that are used for home decoration. Also, we love to splurge on the house so it looks the best to our beloved goddess Lakshmi. However, there is one small item all of us buy and do not understand the logic behind buying the same. The small home decor item is Toran or Bandhanwar. The toran or Bandhanwar is an integral part of any home decor especially during the festive season in India.
How Did Toran or Bandhanwar Get Its Name?
Toran if you look up in the dictionary is a gateway, which has three lintels between two posts. The idea has been inspired by Buddhist and Hindu architecture. Traditionally, toran is door hanging with mango leaves and marigolds in thread decorated at the main entrance. Apart from being part of the Diwali home decor, it is easily found at any auspicious occasion at home like marriage and prayers.
What Are The Colors Used For Bandhanwars?
Hindu culture is all about colors. Festivity brings in the love for colors. So, when you talk about Bandhanwar or Toran, look for bright options such as red, orange, yellow and greens. You will hardly find any toran’s that are black or gray.
Why Is Toran or Bandhanwar Used in Diwali Home Decor?
The main idea behind using a toran for Diwali home decor is to appease Goddess Laksmi. The goddess of Wealth recognizes it easy that this home needs to be blessed with an auspicious Bandhanwar right at your doorstep. The idea is that as you like to appease the guest when they come in the home at the doorstep. The same goes for the case with goddess Lakshmi.
When was Torans First Used?
The first use of Toran in India dates all the way back to the 3rd century BCE. The first toran was built at the Sanchi Stupa during the Mauryan Empire. The Toran at Sanchi is an imitation of timber and brick construction in stone.
Now, coming back you have pretty many places where you can find these torans. In Delhi, as per my personal experience if you have love to make your home look great on Diwali, just go to the Sardar Bazaar and buy some super cool torans. Apart from that, you can easily find them at websites like Amazon.com, Flipkart and other home decor sites.