Indian culture has made sure to appeal the west and the world alike. There are certain traits which have always made sure to disparate Indians from others. The root of the culture goes deep down. Hence, it is not a surprise when generations of families have been following a particular ritual, trend or trait. In fact, there are some features which are specific to Indian, irrespective of the culture they belong to.
One such trait is putting Sindoor. Whether you belong to the North Indian Hindu culture, the South Indian Hindu, the West Indian Hindu, the East Indian Hindu or the central part of the country, most of the Hindu Indian married women put Sindoor. The Sindoor is put on the hair parting during the marriage ceremony by the husband. A red colored powder is immensely pious for each and every Indian woman.
Mythological significance :
In accordance with the mythology, the red color of the sindoor is an epitome of an energy of Goddess Parvati. Hindus have immense faith on Goddess Parvati. There are fasting and prayers wherein married women, offer Sindoor to Goddess Parvati and then put it on their maang or hair parting. The women strongly believe that this brings long life for their husbands.
Historical significance :
Excavation has been taking place in places like Mehrgarh and Baluchistan. The female figurines which have been excavated from here have depicted that sindoor was applied back in the Harappa period as well, by the women.
Again, in accordance with the legend, in Mahabharata, Radha had converted kumkum into a flame like print on her forehead. The usage of sindoor has also been depicted in the Puranas, Soundarya Lahharis, and Lalitha Sahastranama.
Astrological pertinence :
1. In Indian culture, astrology has always made sure to make its important mark. Whether it be the rituals of marriage, childbirth, housewarming or Sindoordaan, their relation to the astrology is inevitable. The impact of the planets, the Sun, the stars all have some or other effect, which is beneficial. The same goes with Sindoor.
In accordance with the Hindu astrology, the forehead is the place for the House of Aries. Mars is its deity. Its favorable color is red. This is the acumen; the red colored sindoor is applied daily by the married Hindu women at the hair parting. It relates to good fortune.
2. Sindoor comes in many forms as of the present; there are the sticks, the powder form, and the liquid. You can decide on either depending on your skin type. However, do make sure to apply it daily. It is auspicious. It is mandatory. It is beautiful. The red color has an aura which is simply divine.
3. So, enjoy the color and beauty of the Sindoor. You are blessed to use it. It enhances the inner beauty of every married woman.And, for all men out there, you are fortunate that you have a life partner who cares for you so much, fasts for you pray for you, and never obliterates applying sindoor!
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