Traditions and myths
In India, the use of turmeric travels far beyond the kitchen. It is an integral part of every auspicious occasion, tradition and celebration. No festivities or special occasion is complete without the use of this wonder ingredient.
Its classical name in Sanskrit is Haridra, symbolising its special bond with Hari or Lord Vishnu. It is believed that the clothes worn by the gods of Hindu mythology were dyed in turmeric.
Many synonyms for turmeric exist in Sanskrit; more than 55 synonyms are indicated in Amarakosha and Nighantus. Most of the vernacular names for the spice are derived from Sanskrit or Hindustani.