Sindoor is made up of vermilion, a red powder that is applied as a red streak along the parting of a woman’s hair. Sindoor is pure and powerful. It has been given a lot of importance in our culture. Sindoor is used in religious ceremonies. It is offered to the Gods and is considered very auspicious. It is also known as kumkum or sindur. It is a symbol of matrimony and is never applied to unmarried women or widows. In Hinduism a lot of importance is associated with sindoor.
It is the symbol of marriage in Hinduism. If a man applies sindoor on the head of a woman they are considered man and wife. Sindoor is always applied in the center and is a symbol of female energy. It is first put on a woman by her husband on the day of her wedding and becomes a daily ritual thereafter. Women have adopted different ways of wearing sindoor – at the beginning or along the parting line or as a red spot on the forehead.
It is said that women who wear sindoor ensure that their husbands are protected from all evil and have a long life. The color of sindoor attracts the husband to the wife and helps to build the marriage. The woman whose husband is dead should not wear sindoor at all. It was also an attempt to ensure that unmarried women and widows don’t look very attractive.
History of Sindoor
The Sindoor’s history can be traced to as back as 5000 years ago when Hinduism started sowing its seeds into the cultural and traditional outlook in India and around. Historians have also discovered that during the existence of Harappan civilization, sindoor was applied along the partition of a woman’s hair and was the most prominent mark of her being married. Besides that, there are legends that revolve around Hindu mythology that indicate Radha, who was Lord Krishna’s wife, turned the sindoor into a shape, which resembled a flame onto her forehead. Several other scriptures like the Puranas also mention sindoor and its value for a married woman.
Power Of Sindoor
Sindoor is prepared by mixing turmeric-lime and the metal mercury. Due to its intrinsic properties, mercury, besides controlling blood pressure also activates sexual drive. This also explains why Sindoor is prohibited for the widows. For best results, Sindoor should be applied right up to the pituitary gland where all our feelings are centered. Mercury is also known for removing stress and strain.