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The Tradition of Toran - Its Importance and Significance

by Neha Agarwal on February 05, 2021

The entrance to a household's significance in the Indian culture. It’s a gateway towards the pure interiors of the house away from the polluted world. There are various architectural dos and don'ts based on the beliefs for a long time. For example, it's believed that a property should never face the South West as it brings bad luck, misfortunes and struggles. It is also recommended to have a statue or a picture of Lord Ganesha at the entrance of a home. Adding on to the list, it is said to have an equal number of doors and windows in your property. These beliefs and recommendations are from the traditional Hindu system of architecture known as Vastu.   


History of Toran

The word Toran originates from the Sanskrit word ‘Torana’ which means to pass. Toran is the name of a sacred gateway in Buddhist architecture. The Toran is a typical form of a projecting cross-piece that rests on two uprights. It is made of wood or stone. The projecting cross-piece is generally of three bars that are placed one above the other. Both the cross-piece and the uprights are usually beautifully sculptured. Though nowadays we have different types of Torans before these beautifully designed Torans of today were created there was a range of natural Toran's that were used. You would often witness mango leaves used in Southern India while marigold flowers used in Northern India as part of the Torans.  

The earliest archaeological evidence of Torana dates back to the time when Sanchi stupa was built by the Mauryan Empire in the 3rd century BCE. The Sanchi Torana is the imitation of brick and timber construction in stone. Even in Kalinga architecture, we can witness the Toran in many temples like Jagannath Temple, Mukteswar Temple and Rajarani Temple.

Why is Toran tied to the door? 

During the ancient times, Torans or bandhanwars were tied on the doors of the home and temples to please and attract the divine energy of Goddess Lakshmi. In earlier times, Torans were made of marigold flowers and mango leaves. These mango leaves were expected to absorb the polluted air from the outside and only let fresh air inside the house. Similarly, the green colour of the mango leaves was expected to ward off any negative energies from the house and give a sense of calm and relief. In the same way, the marigold flowers' orange colour is expected to keep away any evil eyes, and the scent of the flowers ward off insects. These torans are the first thing that welcomes the guests as soon as they step inside your place. These torans are not only meant for decoration purposes, but they also give out friendly vibes to the people visiting your home.

Availability of Torans nowadays: 

Nowadays, there are a wide variety of Torans available in the market. These Torrans are now available in various printed or dyed fabrics and lively colours that look fantastic and amazing. These beautiful pieces of Torans shower your home with all the positivity and luck you will ever need. The shelf life of these kinds of Torans is more than that of the ones made with leaves and flowers. At Tokenz, we offer a wide range of new-age Torans that would give a fantastic look to the entrance of your home. 

You can decorate your entrance door with various kinds of torans that are available at our online store. Be it a traditional looking Toran with a floral door hanging or a modern Toran that is designed by the help of pearl and metal motifs. The modern Toran could give a lavish look at the entrance of your home. You can even have bandhanwar that has the designs of Ganesha idols or patterns on them. You can even choose from the wide range of mirror work and lacework torans for hanging at the entrance of your home. Not only this, you can even try various colours while choosing a bandhanwar. Various colours hold significance to the people. Therefore, we provide different colours of Toran at These include saffron, yellow, green, white and red. 

Saffron: Saffron colour is considered highly auspicious by the Hindus. This colour holds significant importance in all the holy gatherings in Hinduism. You can even witness priests wearing this colour as it signifies purity. This colour symbolises generosity and therefore, hanging a bandhanwar of this colour at your door will reflect purity and good vibes in your house.

Yellow: The yellow colour signifies growth, concentration and harmony. Knowledge and wisdom are also associated with yellow colour. The yellow colour also represents the vibrancy of the spring season. Therefore, having a bandhanwar of this colour at your door will reflect peace and vibrancy in your house. 

Green: The green colour reflects happiness, calmness and peace. This colour stabilizes the mind and calms the emotional imbalances of an individual. It represents the mother nature and thus, calms the mind and soul. Therefore, the green colour would be a vital choice to have while choosing a Toran colour for your house. 

Red: Red colour is a symbol of power. It is one of the most auspicious and significant colours in the Hindu Dharma. During any special occasion, this colour is worn. Therefore, you can even choose a red colour Toran for hanging at the door of your house. 

White: White colour signifies calmness, purity, cleanliness, and peace. What's better than a white colour as it is the mixture of all the basic seven colours. Therefore, using a white colour Toran would be a fantastic fit for placing at the door of your house. 

Torans or bandhanwars can be used at the entrance of your house on different occasions. It adds to the positivity of the place you are living at. Therefore, start scrolling through the various torans options from our online store at 

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