From the draping of peacock-themed ornaments to the creation of kolums that encapsulate the image of this illustrious peafowl, have you ever seen this beautiful creature appear in many forms of art during Deepavali season?
Well, it may not be a fact to those who don’t celebrate Deepavali, but the Peacock and Peacock feathers hold a high regard in the Hindu religion, as well as serve a meaningful story for Deepavali.
A symbol of the Hindu God of War and Victory
According to an article by India Today, peacock feathers, which are also known as mor pankh in Sanskrit, are auspicious symbols in Hinduism. They are considered sacred in various cultures, tied to as part of symbolism related to the Hindu God of War and Victory, Kartikeya.
A symbol of the Hindu God of Protection and Compassion
Hindu teachings also allude to the story of Krishna, the Hindu God of Protection and Compassion, having peacocks so entranced by his flute after he began playing and dancing to it. Joining him in pure enjoyment, the story eventually lead to the king of the peacock dropping a number of feathers around him as a gift.
Graciously receiving it, the God then proceeded to place it in his crown.
A symbol of the Hindu Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity
Furthermore, the Hindu Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity, Lakshmi, is also identified with the peacock. Such a description ties together the inclusion of peacock feathers as decoration during the Deepavali season, as it is believed to bring wealth and prosperity into households and homes.
One of the oldest ornamental birds in the world
On the cultural side of things, peacocks are also identified as one of the oldest ornamental birds in the world.
In itself, the creature is known for its beauty and grace, a emblem fitting to be added to the colourful and ornate decorations which have become a staple for Deepavali celebrations entirely.
While the history of peacocks are vast as it pertains to Hindu teachings, the overwhelming description of their positive traits as it is tied to Indian culture contribute to what the spirit of Deepavali stands for.
The next time you see peacocks at the centre of one’s home, be it during a festive season or not, you have a little insight into its special purpose for the celebration.