YUVA SHAKTI BANARAS/ February 2, 2015/ Science & Spirituality/

Auspicious history of Sindoor along with interesting facts

Auspicious history of Sindoor along with interesting facts

Sindoor is being applied by Indian women since Vedic era in their hair parting and on the forhead. Sindoor is being used by the Indian women in their hair-parting (maang) and as a dot on the forehead. Sindoor is one of the 16 adornments (solah shringar) in Hinduism. Aside from this, it’s also being applied by the men in from of “Tilak”on their forehead. Indian Sindoor is a red color powder. It’s also called as “Kumkum”, when it’s mixed with turmeric. It has also been called in ancient Indian scripture as “Kasturi” after the mix with other material. It’s called “Vermillion” in English.

Origin of Sindoor

Let’s cast a glance on the history of sindoor in ancient India- Female figurines of Harappa period found during the archeological excavation in Mehrgarh (Baluchistan) show them with the use of sindoor in hair partition. Sindoor was also applied by Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva, in her hair parting. Parvati, the crown-jewel of all women, bestows grace and power upon the married ladies putting vermillion on their parting. As per Ramayana, Sita used to apply sindoor in her hair parting to please her husband Lord Rama. Seeing her, Hanumana also started to smear sindoor on his body to please Rama. Even now also, devotees offer sindoor on Hanuman idols. According to Mahabharata, Draupadi, the wife of Pandavas wiped off her sindoor disgustingly, after the episode, when Dushshan striven to strip her saree in the Hastinapur court. As per a legend, Radha, the lover of Lord Krishna turned kumkum sindoor into a flame-like design on her forehead. Sindoor has also been mentioned in several Puranas, Lalitha Sahasranama and Adi Shankaracharya ‘s Soundarya Lahari. Sindoor is also offered to Lord Ganesha. “Sindoor Lal Chadhayo Gajamukha Ko”, popular Ganesh Aarti in Marathi language was also included in Bollywood movie Vaastav (1999). Sindoor is used for worshiping Hindu goddesses like Shakti and Lakshmi. Sindoor is applied by Saivites, Vaisnavs and Swaminarayan on their forehead.

The science behind it

The science behind it

The application of sindoor is not just a ritual, but a practice which stimulates good health. 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 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.

The effect of applying vermilion (kumkum) on the forehead

In picture ‘B’, the woman has applied kumkum on the forehead. The subtle fragrance emitted by kumkum has the ability to attract and emit the Pavitraka of Deities, that is, their subtlest particles in the Universe. Due to the saviour-destroyerChaitanya-frequencies emitted by kumkum the woman wearing it is protected from negative energies. This explains why one gets good spiritual experiences by looking at the woman wearing kumkum.

Spiritual experience

Kumkum not wiped off even when in the sun or rain: I was regularly using a bindi. On reading a message to seekers in the weekly ‘Sanatan Prabhat’ about ‘apply kumkum in place of a bindi’, I started applying kumkum from that very day onwards. Since then, till date, the kumkum I have applied for the day has never been wiped off even in the sun or upon getting wet in the rain. – Mrs. Manisha Kshirasagar, Maharashtra

Importance of kumkum

Kumkum is a form of Shakti. Applying kumkum on the forehead is a symbol of Sanatan Hindu culture and also of sacredness and auspiciousness. In some regions women apply kumkum in the centre parting of their hair in addition to the forehead. Applying kumkum in the parting is also a symbol of the marital status of the woman.

Benefits of applying kumkum

A. The blood supply to the face muscles is facilitated: While applying kumkum, the points on the mid-brow region andAdnya-chakra are automatically pressed. This facilitates the blood supply to the face muscles.

B. After applying kumkum, the ability to attract the Shakti Principle is generated in the woman:

  • The ability of the kumkum to attract the saviour and destroyer Shakti Principle is the highest.
  • By a woman applying kumkum, the soul-energy (Atmashakti) is awakened in her.
  • In this soul-energy, a tremendous ability to attract the saviour or destroyer Devi Principle is generated.
  • The vibrations of the saviour Shakti Principle present in the woman are awakened.
  • Due to this, the Shakti Principle Pavitrakas in the environment, that is, the subtlest particles of the Shakti Principle are attracted to the woman.
  • Due to kumkum, obstacles are created in the entry of the negative energies in the body of the woman through the Adnya-chakra.

Effect of fragrance, colour and Shakti of kumkum

Due to the fragrance of kumkum, the subtle excretory air in the woman’s body is disintegrated. Particles of Absolute Fire Element (Tej-tattva) are emitted through the colour pigments present in the kumkum and are gained by the woman. Due to the Shakti frequencies present in the kumkum, the sattvik frequencies present in the environment are absorbed and emitted as per the need.

Through spiritual experience one can understand that through kumkum, a woman gains Tej in the form of white rays due to which the black covering formed on her face reduces.

Effect on the woman
1. Fragrance
of kumkum
5 Increase in vital energy,
disintegration of excretory air
2. Colour
of kumkum
5 Disintegration of black energy
due to the Absolute Fire Principle
emitted by the colour particles
3. Shakti
of kumkum
20 Awakening of the Adnya-chakra
due to Shakti frequencies and
absorption and emission of the
source of sattvik frequencies
in the atmosphere as per
the need

Spiritual experience: Awareness of circular sensation on the Adnya-chakra and feeling calm after beginning to applykumkum: In the year 2004 after reading in the daily ‘Sanatan Prabhat’ about applying kumkum, I began to apply it on the forehead. Thereafter I experienced circular vibrations on my Adnya-chakra. My mind became very calm and my face becamesattvik. By looking at the kumkum on the forehead I experience calm and cool frequencies in my eyes. – Mrs. Savitri

Time and appropriate ritual of applying kumkum

Normally women apply kumkum after the morning ablutions, after bath and after washing the face. For applying kumkum, the ring finger should be used. If wax is applied before the kumkum, it remains there for a longer time.

Spiritual reasons for using the ring finger to apply kumkum on oneself

  • As the ring finger is associated with the Absolute Water Principle, the frequencies of the Absolute Water Principle are emitted through the ring finger.
  • With the help of these frequencies, the Shakti Principle present in kumkum is awakened in a short time.
  • This awakened Shakti Principle spreads in the form of a flow in the Adnya-chakra of the woman who wears thekumkum.

As a result, the raja-guna  function of the woman gains strength in the form of Shakti.

Effects of applying kumkum on the forehead of a woman

Subtle effects of applying kumkum
  • The kumkum, being sattvik, attracts the Divine Principle. A spiral of this Divine Principle is generated in the kumkumand is activated.
  • A flow of Chaitanya is attracted in the kumkum and its spiral is generated and it remains activated. A spiral of Chaitanyais emitted from the kumkum. In the body of the woman wearing the kumkum, Chaitanya frequencies are spread. A sheath of Chaitanya is created around the body of the woman due to which her body and mind are purified.
  • The flows of Shakti are attracted in the kumkum. A spiral of destroyer Shakti filled with particles of Dharma Shakti is created in the kumkum and it becomes activated. A spiral of saviour Shakti is generated in the kumkum and it remains activated. Flows of Shakti are emitted by the kumkum. The Shakti particles are spread in the body of the woman who applies the kumkum. These particles are also emitted in the environment. A protective sheath of Shakti is generated around the body of the woman who wears kumkum. As a result the black energy in the body of the woman is removed.
 Vibrations by
applying kumkum
Shakti 3
Chaitanya 2
Divine Principle 2

Application of kumkum to others

While applying kumkum to others, be it a man or a woman, the middle finger should be used. By using the middle finger which has a maximum of the Absolute Fire Principle, one’s own body is protected.

Subtle effects of application of kumkum by one woman to another:

  • While application of kumkum by one woman to another with the middle finger, Divine Shakti is attracted in the kumkum.
  • A spiral of this Shakti is generated in the kumkum and these spirals spread through the body of the woman to whom thekumkum has been applied.
  • Due to the touch of kumkum, Chaitanya flows in the body of the woman applying the kumkum.

Effects of kumkum on women suffering from distress by negative energies

Due to the sattvikta of kumkum, the women affected by negative energies may experience distress such as continuous itching at the place where kumkum is applied, developing a rash, feeling like ‘not to apply kumkum’, the kumkum getting wiped out automatically etc. Due to kumkum, the women are able to absorb Chaitanya. Hence, to prevent the woman from applying kumkum, the negative energies may distress women.

Effects of applying kumkum or sindur in the hair parting by married women

A. It being possible to keep the flame of warrior radiance constantly awakened in husband: In earlier times by looking at the kumkum or sindur in the parting of married women, the warrior attitude and enthusiasm of men used to increase. For this reason, it is appropriate from the viewpoint of both psychology and Spirituality.

B. Protection from negative energies: The head of women is more soft and sensitive than men. Hence, in order to protect this part of the body from the negative energies, the sindur is filled in the hair parting.

Spiritual science underlying the use of kumkum being more appropriate than sindur

Due to the destroyer Principle in kumkum, the subtle body of the woman is protected from negative energies. The proportion of destroyer Principle is less in sindur than in the kumkum. This is the reason why the use of kumkum  is more appropriate and beneficial than the sindur.

Reason for application of kumkum by widows being unauthorised by Scriptures

A. Obstacle in the onward journey of the dead husband’s subtle body: After the death of husband, while applyingkumkum the woman remembers her husband because of which the subtle body of the husband is again compelled to come to the Earth.

B. Sacrifice of the Great Illusion (Maya) and creation of sense of detachment in self: After the death of husband, it is necessary to awaken a sense of detachment in the woman. Hence she has to sacrifice the ornaments that are suggestive of state of a married woman. Hence, this conduct assists a widow to proceed on the path of God realisation.

Due to lack of religious education and the increasing influence of Western culture, some widows say, ‘So what if the husband is dead?’ and indulge in irreligious conducts by doing inappropriate actions like applying kumkum on the forehead and wearing a mangalasutra. By doing so, they also cause spiritual harm to the husband. In order to prevent the harm, they should pay attention to observing righteous conducts in daily life seriously.