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A Little sunshine, a little rain, a fantastic festival or the birth of a new baby - the grand Indian doorway does not need an excuse to get decorated. Called the Toran, this Indian door hanging is all about those who live within and those who visit. It is almost the first thing a visitor sees even before the door to the house is opened. For a Toran hangs just outside, as it is strung across the top of the frame that makes an Indian doorway. You must remember here, that traditionally, Indian homes looked inwards. One main doorway led to the courtyard that had rooms surrounding it. The main door had to be made as welcoming as it possibly could so no guest felt intimidated or spurned off by the lack of warmth in the household they were visiting.
Some homes had a toran for every day of the week, while others changed theirs every festive season. But, whatever the tradition, a true blue Indian home always sprouted the Toran. Nobody really knows how it originated but for all practical purposes this tradition has been around for ages - almost for as long as a doorway has been in existence in India, a country known for its warmth. The country's very culture is very guest friendly. A guest in this country is as close to god as a human can get. Welcoming such a person into the warmth of a home - however humble or spectacularly ostentations begins right at the doorway. Since one never know when a guest will arrive, the front entrance is always decorated with welcoming symbols and the Toran is a very important part of this decor. Colorful and at most times traditionally adorned with flowers and symbolic leaves, the doorway characteristically blesses every person that walks under it showering them with an abundance of love, prosperity, health and happiness.
Mango leaves normally get to the doors of Indian homes to herald the summer. Their fresh, tangy fragrance fills the air, reminding those who pass through the doorway of the fruit that is closest to the Indian heart. In the absence of the real stuff, people use well crafted cloth substitutes to do the job.
Every time an occasion comes up, the Indian doorway is decorated afresh. Colours are chosen with care, and the stringing begins. Bright yellows, oranges, reds and greens come together in joyous glory, adding hues of splendor that cheer the heart. While homes get the special treatment during festivals, other days are important too, and more durable materials are used. Besides you never know when that guest may arrive.
Each region in India has a unique theme to decorate the doorway. While in the South, elite trader community homes have heavily carved rosewood or teak doorways with the goddess of plenty, Lakshmi showering her goodwill on all who pass under, homes in states like Gujarat and Rajasthan have the traditional mirror work reflecting the region's creativity on their entrances. Mostly done using geometric designs, doorway decor has undergone a lot of change. With change comes innovation and the creativity residing within, soars. Different materials, innovative designs replace the rather plain mango leaves and marigold flowers. It is believed a door with a beautiful Toran serves a dual purpose. It blesses those who pass under it and keeps the home it adorns prosperous and joyous always. Somewhat like a fortune bamboo, it absorbs negative vibes, and allows only the positive to pass through. Naturally then, the Toran gets soiled and needs to be replaced with a fresh one ever so often. On a visit to India, one will find all homes, especially during festive times sporting brand new Torans - made of new materials. Each region has a unique way of expressing their creativity and ways of welcoming good fortune. Delicate yet beautiful, ostentatious and eye catching, the doorway reflects the style of those who reside within. Some innovate, doing their doors up with crochet hangings, others revel in fine needle work, while still others seek to express their creativity using patchwork appliques. At indianselections.com, they have ribbons, gold and silver tissue, beads, gold rings, strings and more being used to give all fabulous tradition, while welcoming prosperity and plenty in ways that are inviting and innovative.
Some entrances show off their creativity with streams of elephants embroidered or appliquéd in a row, sometimes facing each other. The elephant, for the uninitiated, signifies strength and is a very important aspect of the Hindu religion because it is the vehicle of Lord Indra, king of gods.
Some homes love the symbolism and religious connotations, while others prefer getting a whiff of nature on their doorways. Whatever be your preference, at http://www.indianselections.com they have more than just a few options ready. All one need to do is choose, click, order and it will be delivered in just a few days.
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