Why Do Women Apply Sindoor?

One of the things that completed me on my wedding day, is when my husband knelt down and applied Sindoor to the parting of my hair.  I have to say I felt very grown up, even to this day if I dress up in my Indian clothes I apply a small amount of sindoor in my parting.  For me I have always known this as a symbol of a married woman, and devotion to your husband, but wanted to explore more The Jai Jais way of this ancient tradition, which has existed for over 5,000 years and has been mentioned in scriptures such as Puranas and Mahabharata. In Ramayana, for example, which theologians date back to the 7th century BCE, Sita is said to apply sindoor to please Lord Rama, showing her reverence to her husband.

The red colour of the Sindoor is a symbol of feminine energy. Its is not just a tradition or ritual but can also has health benefits. Sindoor is made up of turmeric and lime, and can ease stress and strains keeping the mind cool and the brain alert and active. As the bindi it is placed at the Ajna Chakra close proximity to the brain stimulation focused, concentration and emotional regulation. The parting line is known as Brahmarandhra, the gateway to consciousness.

In astrology the house of Aries known as the, “Mesha Rashi”, this is located in the forehead. Mars which is red in colour is the Lord of Mesha, applying red sindoor is believed to be a symbol of good fortune and auspicious.

This custom has been roots from the Vedic, for peace and a harmonious life with other associated benefits.

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