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Krishna/Rama/Shiva are denoted in a bluish tinge as the colour is to denote serenity and the colour of the sky which is considered the “heavens” – when death is denoted the soul is normally showed as travelling upward – never downward into the bowels of the earth. Hence sky is “heavenly” and the colour blue synonymous with calm and embracing.

The colour of the throat of Shiva is dark blue due to the parable where he consumes the poison “halahala” which emanated from the churning of the milky ocean by the demons and the God’s using a serpent. This poison would have destroyed the entire earth had it spread through the world and hence Shiva spontaneously swallowed it to prevent the calamity. But his spouse held the throat in her aknwoeldge to stop it from destroying her “beloved” which therefore remained in the throat turning the “Almighty’s” throat blue – Neelakanta!

Sanatana Dharma which is the basis for faith of the Hindus respects everything about nature. Green is fresh and life, red is bright and specific, yellow is calming and knowledge whereas white is pure and satisfying. Blue is heavenly and vast enveloping the entire Universe. Now we have western specialists to advice us on colour therapy and balancing our moods based on colour. Hindus knew this thousands of years ago!

Blue is the color of all-inclusiveness. You will see in the existence, anything that is vast and beyond your perception generally tends to be blue, whether it is the ocean or the sky. Anything which is larger than your perception tends to be blue because blue is the basis of all inclusiveness .

It is based on this that so many gods in India are shown as blue-skinned. Shiva has a blue skin, Krishna has a blue skin, Rama has a blue skin. It is not that their skin was blue. They were referred to as blue gods because they had a blue aura.

Their energy or the outermost ring of their aura was blue, they were simply irresistibly attractive – not because of the shape of the nose or the eyes or whatever. There are any number of people with good noses, good eyes, and good bodies but they do not exude the same level of attraction. It is the blueness of one’s aura which suddenly makes a person irresistibly attractive.

For instance , This blueness, this sense of all-inclusiveness in Krishna Ji was such that even people who were sworn enemies of his sat with him and unwittingly gave in to him. He was able to effortlessly turn around even people who abused and plotted to kill him any number of times. There are various other aspects to him but this blue nature constantly assisted him in everything that he did. He was so irresistible that even Poothana, the assassin who came to kill him when he was just a baby, fell in love with him. She was with him for just a few minutes but she became completely entangled in his blue magic.

The Ancient Indians had no word for the colour ‘Blue’ and, indeed, no idea that such a colour could exist. The idea of the colour ‘Blue’ only arose during the Classical Age. The ‘Blue’ colour of the gods you’re talking about refers to the term ‘Dark’.

Part of it is because of the symbolism of ‘Dark’; it’s meant to evoke the power of the primordial Ocean of Chaos from where all Life began. Dark is also heavily associated with Power, Rain, Time, and Space; and so is heavily linked to Vaishnava tradition- as it is a more ‘worldly’ colour than ‘Light’ which is associated with ‘Other-worldiness’, Purity, Death, Sun, and Immortality. No wonder Lord Shiva is so often described in terms of the colour ‘White’. Readers should now consider why the poison turned his throat ‘dark’; the answer is obvious.

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I do understand the reason behind the Hindu Mythology depicting Gods in the colour blue. Blue is, for them a colour of sacredness. It resembles the place of Heavens and the emotion "serenity" . It depicts the presence of universe enveloped in one colour. That, was a way, in which, the humans then distinguish roles and status of different beings.

In the stories we find Ram and Krishna being born dark, so is Draupadi and a lot many. But we fail to picturize them the exact way they’ve being depicted in the stories. Rather, we use a lighter skintone or simply colour them in blue because we still contain that sneaky light of despise flickering in our minds that stall us humans from accepting the fact given our constant efforts to embroider the history the way we like to see it.

If we look into some famous Gods of Africa like – Yemoja, Aganjú, Obá, Babalúayé, Erinle, Èsù, Oko, Ori and many more, we see that they are given the skin tone in similarity to the people residing there. Maybe, it’s a method to relate nativity to the land which in turn makes them more pious knowing the God is someone of their own community.

Africans are one of the majority race who have faced Apartheid for centuries and are still to an extent facing them. But did this make them to figure out ways to alter the colour of their Gods whom they show extreme piety to, and so that they can prevent the "outsiders" to act in the same racist manner against their Gods. After all, man is more concerned towards the protection of his faith and beliefs than he is towards his own existence. That is what decides whether he is a radicalist or a moderate.

But, India is land of diversity. Filled of people oif different races and culture. The skintone varies from region to region. This may also be a reason for the Indian Hindus to use a common colour as blue to prevent any regional disputes on the race of the Gods.