Sindoor

Sindoor:

Sindoor is the red/orange color powder applied to the parting of the hair symbolizing that a woman is married.

Associated with the Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva’s Consort, the Sindoor is widely used in Hindu Religious Practices.

When is it worn? 

Applied for the first time by the Groom and thereafter the sindoor is used by the Married Woman every single day.

Sindoor

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The Sindoor is widely used for Worship of several Gods & Godesses in the Hindu Culture.

What are they made from?

Traditionally made from Mercury, Lime and Turmeric. Of late, plenty of chemical based ones are available.

Where would you find them?

Usually available in Novelty Shops or Fancy Stores.

Trivia

  • References to the Sindoor have been found in the excavation of the Harappa Culture.
  • They’ve been found even in the Hindu Scriptures. It is believed that if a Married Woman adorns the Sindoor, Goddess Parvati would protect her husband from any calamity.
  • Aside from the religious importance, it is said to have health benefits.
  • The mercury in it helps keep the bride calm and  cool.
  • In the Assamese Community, on the day prior to the Wedding, the Groom’s Mother fills the Parting of the Bride with Sindoor.
  • Likewise, in the Sindhi Community, on the day of the Betrothal, it is Groom’s Sister who would apply it to the Bride’s Mang.