‘Sindoor’ symbolic of being a Married Woman
Marriage is a sacred institution which marks the beginning of a new life for a bride and groom.
Though there are many rituals performed during marriage, each ritual has its significance. Sindoor Dana happens to be one of the important rituals in Hindu marriage. This ritual is performed before the ‘Saath Pheras’ where the groom puts Sindoor (red vermillion powder) in his bride’s hair partition. Putting Sindoor is not just a ritual, it’s symbolic of a married woman, who is committed to her husband and prays for his long life.
A Divine Blessing
In India, the society perceives ‘sindoor’ as a demarcation line between the married and the unmarried women. This practice is deep rooted and is still followed. The ritual has been performed for over 5000 years now. Sindoor also finds mention in the Puranas. It is suggested that the colour ‘Red’ symbolises power. According to the Hindu mythology, a woman adorns Sindoor till the time her husband is alive. Even Goddess Parvati (wife of Lord Shiva) and Sita (wife of Lord Rama), used sindoor in their hair partition as a symbolic of married woman. It is believed that Goddess Parvati is the protector of the husbands of all the married women who put Sindoor, but also wards off any lurking evil. A wife applies it and prays for your long and healthy life
The science behind it
‘The application of sindoor is not just a ritual, but a practice which stimulates good health’, say experts. On one hand it serves as a longevity prayer for the husband, but on the other it keeps a tab on the woman's physical well-being. The sindoor, prepared using mercury, turmeric and lime acts as a catalyst that helps to ease stress and strain. It helps in keeping the brain active and alert. Other than this, mercury also helps in controlling blood pressure, activating sexual drive.
For a happy married life
Women make every possible effort to maintain happiness and prosperity in their homes. According to the Hindu astrology, applying sindoor in the hair partition is considered to be auspicious as it brings 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 prosperity and good health on the couple.