In some communities, it is the groom’s mother who does this part to welcome the bride in their family. Putting sindoor is not just a ritual, but signifies a long life for the husband. But, this is just one aspect of it.
Marriage is a sacred ritual which embeds the beginning of a new life for the bride and the groom and infact their families as well. There are many rituals performed during the marriage ceremonies and each ritual has its own importance. But, the most important custom of every Hindu wedding is Sindoor. Here, the groom puts sindoor (red vermilion powder) in his bride’s hair partition, thus symbolizing her marital status.
Application of sindoor or vermilion. Sindoor is traditionally applied at the beginning or completely along the parting-line of a woman’s hair or as a dot on the forehead also known as ‘Bindi’. Sindoor is the mark of a married woman in Hinduism.
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All the married divas of BTown including Kareena Kapoor Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shilpa Shetty, Bipasha Basu, and Preity Zinta are seen flaunting sindoor on various occasions.
A happy married life
From vaastu to feng shui, women make every possible effort to accrue happiness and prosperity in their homes. But, this ritual of applying sindoor is the one which can ease all your efforts. According to the Hindu astrology, applying sindoor in the hair partition is considered to be auspicious as it enlarges good fortune. Besides this, it is believed that putting the red vermilion powder also activates the chakras in the forehead and on the crown. This attracts cosmic and pranic energy, and bestows the couple with prosperity and good health thus results in a good, happy family ever after.
So that’s the reason why every lady focuses on imbibing to this practice as the very first task in the morning! And doing this for years every morning has became an eternal part of their lifestyle and for that matter, an embodiment of their entity!
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The divine blessing
It is suggested that the red colour symbolises power and love. According to the Hindu mythology, a woman has to adorn sindoor till the time her husband is alive. Even Goddess Parvati and Sita, used to put sindoor in their hair partition. It is believed that Goddess Parvati not only protects the husbands of all the married women who put sindoor, but also wards off any lurking evil. So, the next time your wife applies it, she is indirectly praying for your long and healthy life. Infact, go and apply sindoor in your wife’s forehead yourself!
The modern society perceives sindoor as a demarcation line between the married and the unmarried women. But, this is not the case. This practice is much deep-rooted. The ritual has been performed for over 5000 years now. Its use has been well documented in Harappan excavations. Sindoor also finds a mention in the Puranas, Lalitha Sahasranamam and Soundarya Lahharis. You see? This ritual has existed for years now! It means something! Right?
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The science behind it will boggle your mind!
The application of sindoor is not a mere ritual, but a practice which stimulates good health. On one hand it serves as a longevity of prayer for the husband, but on the other it keeps a tab on the woman’s physical well-being. The sindoor is prepared using mercury, turmeric and lime. Mercury acts as a catalyst that helps to ease stress and strain. It also helps in keeping the brain active and alert. Other than this, mercury also helps in controlling blood pressure, activating sexual drive and libidinal energy. This is why, a widow or an unmarried woman is forbidden from applying sindoor.
Modern sindoor mainly uses vermilion, an orange-red pigment. Vermilion is the purified and powdered form of cinnabar, which is the chief form in which mercury sulfide naturally occurs. As with other compounds of mercury, sindoor is toxic and must be handled carefully. Sometimes, red lead (lead tetroxide, also known as minimum) is added to sindoor.
Red lead is toxic and a known carcinogen for laboratory animals, though its carcinogenicity to humans has not been established. Traditional sindoor was made with turmeric and alum or lime, or from other herbal ingredients. Unlike red lead and vermilion, these are not poisonous.
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Damn!! who knew that this sweet and simple ritual would have such an enigmatic significance! So, ladies! Embrace yourselves as being badass runs in our blood!
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