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Sindoor

Kumkum

Why in Hinduism, Kumkum to be placed on
Forehead?
While performing religious rituals and visiting most Hindu temples i see
people(men/women/children) putting kumkum on their forehead.
what is the history behind putting kumkum at that location and what does it signify?
Best Answer:
1. The traditional Kumkum is made from dried turmeric. The turmeric is dried and powdered with a
lime/lemon giving the rich red colored
2. Kumkum or Roli. Kumkum is used as a "Tilak" for Hindu Gods and also by Hindu males. Kumkum,
which is made from the turmeric powder is an auspicious symbol.
3. Kumkum is applied to the forehead of a visiting girl or married woman as a sign of blessing and
respect. However, it is not offered to widows. Men wear the mystic central kumkum dot as a mark of
spiritual intelligence and also during religious ceremonies.
4. Historical aspect of Kumkum: In the ancient Puranas like "Lalitha Sahasranamam" and "Soundarya
Lahari", the practice of using kumkum on the forehead has been mentioned. Legends talk about Radha
turning her kumkum into a flame like design
5. According to ancient beliefs, the sixth chakra called "Agna" is present in the area between the
eyebrows. This chakra is said to be the seat of concealed wisdom, command and concentration. During
meditation, the latent energy ("Kundalini") rises from the base of the spine towards the head. This
"Agna Chakra" is the probable outlet for this strong energy. The red kumkum between the eyebrows is
said to retain energy in the human body and control the various levels of concentration
6. Kumkum represents intellect and is a symbol of auspiciousness and happiness in the family. It also
denotes "Soubhagya" (good fortune) when used by Indian women denoting that their husbands are
alive. A widow never wears kumkum. Kumkum is also not worn during mourning

Chetan Bhagat
4. Applying Tilak on the Forehead:
On the forehead, between the two eyebrows, is a spot that is considered as a major
nerve point in human body since ancient times. The Tilak is believed to prevent the
loss of “energy”, the red ‘kumkum’ between the eyebrows is said to retain energy
in the human body and control the various levels of concentration. While applying
kumkum the points on the mid-brow region and Adnya-chakra are automatically
pressed. This also facilitates the blood supply to the face muscles.
17. Application of Sindoor or Vermillion:
It is interesting to note that that the application of sindoor by married women
carries a physiological significance. This is so because Sindoor is prepared by
mixing turmeric-lime and the metal mercury. Due to its intrinsic properties,
mercury, besides controlling blood pressure also activates sexual drive. This also
explains why Sindoor is prohibited for the widows. For best results, Sindoor should
be applied right upto the pituitary gland where all our feelings are centered.
Mercury is also known for removing stress and strain.

Traditionally therefore. Symbolic of Married Hindu Woman In traditional Hindu society. but a practice which stimulates good health. The tradition of application of sindoor in the parting of hair by married Hindu women is considered extremely auspicious and is being carried on since centuries. It is Important? Sindoor is applied for the first time to a Hindu woman during the marriage ceremony when the bridegroom himself adorns her with it. History and Significance of Sindoor Sindooor or vermilion holds lot of importance in Indian society. sindoor (red vermilion powder) has some great health benefits as well. 2. activating sexual drive and libidinal energy. Hindu mythological legends regard Sati as the ideal wife who gave her life for her husband's honor. It contains turmeric. Female figurines excavated at Mehrgarh. 3.000 years of Hindu culture. Putting sindoor in hair partition Apart from being the symbol of matrimony for a Hindu woman. lime. turmeric and lime. Why Indian women put Sindoor in their maang? 1. It also triggers a sexual drive among them. Baluchistan. Every Hindu wife is supposed to emulate her. The ceremony is called Sindoor-Dana and is very much in vogue even in present times. show that . 5. It is a visible expression of their desire for their husbands' longevity. the mercury cools down the body and makes her feel relaxed. It also helps in keeping the brain active and alert. mercury also helps in controlling blood pressure. mercury. wearing sindoor is considered must for married Hindu women. On one hand it serves as a longevity prayer for the husband. This is why. widows did not wear vermilion. When sindoor is applied on the bride’s hair partition. 4. Truly a Tradition? The tradition of wearing Sindoor by married women has been explained with the help of mythology. Hindus believe that Goddess Parvati protects all those men whose wives apply vermilion to their parting of hair. Religious scholars say that there has been no mention of this ceremony before the Grihasutras hence it is considered to be a relatively new practice. 15. Other than this. and a minute level of the metal. but on the other it keeps a tab on the woman's physical well-being. The sindoor is prepared using mercury. a widow or an unmarried woman is forbidden from applying sindoor. Mercury acts as a catalyst that helps to ease stress and strain. The science behind it The application of sindoor is not just a ritual. Scholars say that red is the color of power while vermilion is a symbol of the female energy of Parvati and Sati.4. widows or unmarried women are not allowed to wear it. And this is the reason why. All about Sindoor Tradition of wearing Sindoor or vermillion is said to have traveled through more than 5.

devotees offer sindoor on Hanuman idols. Use of Sindoor has also been mentioned in The Puranas. Vaisnavs and Swaminarayan on their forehead. Sita used to apply sindoor in her hair parting to please her husband Lord Rama. In the famous epic Mahabharata. 6.sindoor was applied to the partition of women's hair even in early Harappan times. Indian Sindoor is a red color powder. This is why red sindoor is applied at the forehead and at the parting of the hair.Female figurines of Harappa period found during the archeological excavation in Mehrgarh (Baluchistan) show them with the use of sindoor in hair partition. is believed to have wiped her sindoor in disgust and despair. popular Ganesh Aarti in Marathi language was also included in Bollywood movie Vaastav (1999). Due to its intrinsic properties. legends says that Radha. Sindoor and kumkum are also offered to Gods mostly in temples dedicated to Shakti. consort of Lord Shiva. Besides. In North India. Radha. According to Mahabharata. 10. Mesha Rashi or the House of Aries is on the forehead. Physiological Significance of Sindoor It is interesting to note that that the application of sindoor by married women carries physiological significance too. besides controlling blood pressure also activates sexual drive. It is believed to be auspicious. Hanumana also started to smear sindoor on his body to please Rama. Sindoor should be applied right upto the pituitary gland where all our feelings are centered. Sindoor has also been mentioned in several Puranas. the consort of Lord Krishna. Sindoor was also applied by Parvati. It's also called as “Kumkum”. the wife of Pandavas wiped off her sindoor disgustingly. bestows grace and power upon the married ladies putting vermillion on their parting. Both are signs of saubhagya (good fortune). 7. after the episode. Aside from this. the crown-jewel of all women. in her hair parting. Draupadi. “Sindoor Lal Chadhayo Gajamukha Ko”. it is customary for a husband to apply sindoor on his wife's forehead during important festivals such as Navaratri and Sankranti. the lover of Lord Krishna turned kumkum sindoor into a flame-like design on her forehead. it's also being applied by the men in from of “Tilak”on their forehead. turned the kumkum into a flame like design on her forehead. Lalitha Sahasranamam and Soundarya Lahharis. 9. The Lord of Mesha is Mars and his color is red. Draupadi. This also explains why Sindoor is prohibited for the widows. Sindoor is one of the 16 adornments (solah shringar) in Hinduism. when Dushshan striven to strip her saree in the Hastinapur court. This is so because Sindoor is prepared by mixing turmeric-lime and the metal mercury. It's called “Vermillion” in English. As per a legend. Sindoor is being used by the Indian women in their hair-parting (maang) and as a dot on the forehead. Parvati. Sindoor is used for worshiping Hindu goddesses like Shakti and Lakshmi. 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. It has also been called in ancient Indian scripture as “Kasturi” after the mix with other material. the wife of the Pandavas. Sindoor is applied by Saivites. For best results. As per Ramayana. Origin of Sindoor Let's cast a glance on the history of sindoor in ancient India. Sindoor is also offered to Lord Ganesha. Lakshmi and Vishnu. Even now also. 8. Besides. Seeing her. when it's mixed with turmeric. . mercury. Sindoor is also considered to be the symbol of the female energy of Parvati and Sati. Lalitha Sahasranama and Adi Shankaracharya 's Soundarya Lahari. Astrological Significance of Sindoor According to Hindu astrology. Use of Sindoor During Festivals Both Sindoor and kumkum have social and religious significance attached to them.

Sindoor also finds a mention in the Puranas. There are scientific reasons behind this belief. this is not the case. Important Custom? In Hindu religion. mercury also helps in controlling blood pressure. It also helps in keeping the brain active and alert. But. activating sexual drive and libidinal energy. On one hand it serves as a longevity prayer for the husband. The sindoor is prepared using mercury.2007). Its use has been well documented in Harappan excavations. Truly a blessing? It is suggested that the red colour symbolises power. but this endeavor was condemned by reformist movements of 19th century. use to put sindoor in their hair partition. Marriage = Life? Marriage is a sacred institution which marks the beginning of a new life for the bride and the groom. she is indirectly praying for your long and healthy life. But. 16. Use of Sindoor in modern days Jain women also apply sindoor. now. this is just one aspect of it. but also wards off any lurking evil. Sindoor is also a popular pooja item. Other than this. readymade Sindoor is available in the market at most reasonable rates. 14. But. Sufi leader Sharafuddin Maneri inspired Muslim ladies of Bangladesh to apply sindoor. But. So. thus symbolising her marital status. married women have been applying sindoor in hair parting since ages. it is the groom’s mother who does this part to welcome the bride in their family. According to the Hindu mythology. Hindu devotees including male and female apply sindoor powder on their forehead while visiting a temple or attending a religious ceremony. There are many rituals performed during the marriage ceremonies and each ritual has its own importance. Lalitha Sahasranamam and Soundarya Lahharis. Sindoor is thrown along with other mixtures into the air during popular festival Holi. Putting sindoor is not just a ritual. a woman has to adorn sindoor till the time her husband is alive. In some communities. ‘Sindoor-Dan' also called 'Haldi-Kumkum' is popular wedding ritual. but signifies a long life for the husband. A divine blessing? The modern society perceives sindoor as a demarcation line between the married and the unmarried women.11. It is believed that Goddess Parvati not only protects the husbands of all the married women who put sindoor. 15. Even Goddess Parvati (wife of Lord Shiva) and Sita (wife of Lord Rama). This is why. let us tell you more about this important practice. Earlier women used to prepare Kumkum sindoor at home. but on the other it keeps a tab on the woman's physical well-being. the most important custom of every Hindu wedding is Sindoor Dana. 13. Sindoor is applied by ladies in whole hair line or its spot is applied at the end of hair line and forehead by women. which is offered to Hindu gods as well as Hindu goddess. in which husband decorates the hair-parting of his bride. but a practice which stimulates good health. turmeric and lime. So. the groom puts sindoor (red vermilion powder) in his bride’s hair partition. but Jain nuns are prohibited from it. The science behind it The application of sindoor is not just a ritual. 12. The parting line of a woman’s hair where sindoor is . a widow or an unmarried woman is forbidden from applying sindoor. The ritual has been performed for over 5000 years now. The popularity of sindoor has increased with the release of bollywood movie Sindoor (1987) and serial Sindoor Tere Naam Ka (2005. the next time your wife applies it. This practice is much deep-rooted. Here. Mercury acts as a catalyst that helps to ease stress and strain.

Why Indian women put Sindoor in their maang? Kumkum or turmeric based sindoor is scientifically and spiritually beneficial for the ladies. there lies the most important spot. When sindoor is applied in the hair-parting. mercury present in it. bringing to her the mental peace . Why do married women apply sindoor? In Hindu religion. the free spirited girl suddenly gets transformed into a responsible wife and a daughter-in-law who has to take care of everybody present in her new home. composed and poised. Thus. Red is the color of fire.applied. under the protection of her husband and hence no one should make mistake to cast an evil eye on her. The custom of filling sindoor in the hair parting is followed only after marriage because as soon as tying the nuptial knot. Sindoor signifies that the women with it are married. . It absorbs the bad water in forehead region and enhances the power of concentration. under such responsibilities she sometimes get pressurized.Hence Sindoor having mercury in it works as a therapeutic medicine to deal with the pressures of new life by keeping the mind calm. it is the place where parting is drawn and sindoor is applied. blood and strength. When sindoor is applied in the hair-parting. an aperture in the crown of head. 17. Sindoor enhances the feminine grace to a large extent lending a divine beauty. composed and poised. said to be the gateway to the absolute extending from perineum to the crown of the head. it is the place where parting is drawn and sindoor is applied. Thus. acts as a medicine because it is known for removing stress and strain and keeps the brain alert and active also. Red is the color of love and passion and hence it is applied by Indian women to win the heart of their husbands. the spiritual centre called Brahmarandhra. there lies the most important spot. married women have been applying sindoor in hair parting since ages. It’s considered the channel through which mental power and spirituality can be enhanced. said to be the gateway to the absolute extending from perineum to the crown of the head. She can become the spark of fire from a soft flower for her own protection as well as her security of motherland. Sindoor contains mercury. The sixth chakra (third eye) is centered on forehead between the eyebrows. bringing to her the mental peace . The mercury in the sindoor helps in cooling her down. The parting line of a woman's hair where sindoor is applied. mercury present in it. This astral aperture is very sensitive. the free spirited girl suddenly gets transformed into a responsible wife and a daughter-in-law who has to take care of everybody present in her new home. in it which is the only metal found in liquid form. under such responsibilities she sometimes get pressurized. It indicates that tender looking Indian women can also assume the form of Shakti (goddess of strength) for the annihilation of wickedness. The custom of filling sindoor in the hair parting is followed only after marriage because as soon as tying the nuptial knot. Sindoor contains mercury in it which is the only metal found in liquid form. an aperture in the crown of head. acts as a medicine because it is known for removing stress and strain and keeps the brain alert and active also. There are scientific reasons behind this belief.Hence sindoor having mercury in it works as a therapeutic medicine to deal with the pressures of new life by keeping the mind calm. the spiritual center called Brahmarandhra. The mercury in the sindoor helps in cooling her down. This astral aperture is very sensitive.

So. The sindoor is prepared using mercury. This is why. For a happy married life From vaastu to feng shui. In some communities. According to the Hindu astrology. but on the other it keeps a tab on the woman's physical well-being.The Real Significance Of ‘Ek Chutki Sindoor’ For Hindu Married Women Marriage is a sacred institution which marks the beginning of a new life for the bride and the groom. Mercury acts as a catalyst that helps to ease stress and strain. this is not the case. now you know why the elderly women in Hindu families put emphasis on applying sindoor. The science behind it The application of sindoor is not just a ritual. and bestows the couple with prosperity and good health. Putting sindoor is not just a ritual. Besides this. On one hand it serves as a longevity prayer for the husband. It also helps in keeping the brain active and alert. Its use has been well documented in Harappan excavations. a widow or an unmarried woman is forbidden from applying sindoor. This attracts cosmic and pranic energy. use to put sindoor in their hair partition. she is indirectly praying for your long and healthy life. the most important custom of every Hindu wedding is Sindoor Dana. From the day a woman gets married. It is suggested that the red colour symbolises power. the next time your wife applies it. But. it is this ritual of applying sindoor which can ease all your efforts. Here. activating sexual drive and libidinal energy. mercury also helps in controlling blood pressure. But. it is the groom’s mother who does this part to welcome the bride in their family. Sindoor also finds a mention in the Puranas. So. This practice is much deep-rooted. this vermilion colour becomes a part of her entity. Sindoor Introduction . turmeric and lime. but a practice which stimulates good health. A divine blessing The modern society perceives sindoor as a demarcation line between the married and the unmarried women. Other than this. this is just one aspect of it. thus symbolizing her marital status. the groom puts sindoor (red vermilion powder) in his bride’s hair partition. but also wards off any lurking evil. let us tell you more about this important practice. But. women make every possible effort to bring in happiness and prosperity in their homes. But. a woman has to adorn sindoor till the time her husband is alive. It is believed that Goddess Parvati not only protects the husbands of all the married women who put sindoor. applying sindoor in the hair partition is considered to be auspicious as it brings good fortune. but signifies a long life for the husband. According to the Hindu mythology. There are many rituals performed during the marriage ceremonies and each ritual has its own importance. Even Goddess Parvati (wife of Lord Shiva) and Sita (wife of Lord Rama). it is believed that putting the red vermilion powder also activates the chakras in the forehead and on the crown. Lalitha Sahasranamam and Soundarya Lahharis. So. The ritual has been performed for over 5000 years now.

BACKGROUND Origin and History The Sindoor’s history can be traced to as back as 5000 years ago when Hinduism started sowing its seeds into the cultural and traditional outlook in India and around. Some brides choose to fill in the entire hair line when parted. which resembled a flame onto her forehead. there are legends that revolve around Hindu mythology that indicate Radha. Besides that. It is also known as kumkum or sindur. In recent times. it is customary for a husband to apply sindoor on his wife’s forehead. the sindoor is always applied in the centre. which even have titles with the name sindoor. which was an Indian movie that came out in 1987. a red powder that is applied as a red streak along the parting of a woman’s hair. during certain religious festivals like Navaratri and Sankranti. Interesting Facts and Comparisons . Historians have also discovered that during the existence of Harappan civilization. for example ‘Sindoor Tere Naam Ka’. who was Lord Krishna’s wife. Sindoor is always applied in the centre and is a symbol of female energy. for a married Hindu woman. and is accessorized further with a small diamond bindi. alum or lime.Sindoor is made up of vermilion. turned the sindoor into a shape. while others prefer putting it in the form of a dot right at the starting point of the hair partition. However. The chemicals used these days which include red lead can be toxic and one must handle the powder with extreme care and caution. It is a symbol of matrimony and is never applied by unmarried women or widows. women have also started opting for the sindoor which is applied in the form of a triangle. with modernization seeping in. which is basically a redorange tint. Several other scriptures like the Puranas also mention sindoor and its value for a married woman. Even today. the tradition of applying sindoor on a day to day basis is not customary in several sections of Hindu society. During other religious events. who may or may not wish to apply it. sindoor was made using more natural resources like turmeric. sindoor was applied along the partition of a woman’s hair and was the most prominent mark of her being married. Present Day Scenario The age old tradition of applying sindoor amongst married Hindu women still has a lot of significance and value. Women have adopted different ways of wearing sindoor – at the beginning or along the parting line or as a red spot on the forehead. Even the way the sindoor is applied may vary from one woman to the next since everyone has their own particular style of adorning it. Sindoor (Black Book for Indian Bride) Global Appeal Indian cinema has upheld the glory of this symbol in various movies. But regardless of the length or space that it fills. and the decision is left entirely to the woman. On the other hand. People who make sindoor use vermillion. the sindoor signifies her desire for her husband’s long life and prosperity and is also considered a sign of her never dying love and devotion towards her better half. Prior to this however. and becomes a daily ritual thereafter. Several female characters in various Hindi movies have been shown with utmost power and courage due to the sindoor being marked on their forehead. It is first put on a woman by her husband on the day of her wedding. it is also applied and offered to the various gods and goddesses.

between the two eyebrows. A particular nerve from the second toe connects the uterus and passes to heart. As Silver is a good conductor. Throwing Coins into a River: The general reasoning given for this act is that it brings Good Luck. but now it is readily available in the market at reasonable prices  The color red signifies strength. When the sindoor is wiped or smudged off it indicates that a woman has just lost her husband and is now a widow  Sindoor is thrown in the air as a sign of prosperity and honor during festivals like Holi  In ancient times Sindoor was made at home. most of the currency used was made of copper unlike the stainless steel coins of today. 2. The Tilak is believed to prevent the . it also absorbs polar energies from the earth and passes it to the body. Wearing toe ring on this finger strengthens the uterus. blood and fire  Another name for Sindoor is Kumkum  It is also believed that sindoor enhances the levels of concentration  These days sindoor is available in the form of a liquid or gel which comes in a bottle that resembles the ones used for lip glosses. joining both hands ensures joining the tips of all the fingers together. However. And. which are denoted to the pressure points of eyes. scientifically speaking. in the ancient times. scientifically speaking. Why do Indian Women wear Toe Ring: Wearing toe rings is not just the significance of married women but there is science behind it. Throwing coins in the river was one way our fore-fathers ensured we intake sufficient copper as part of the water as rivers were the only source of drinking water.” The general reason behind this tradition is that greeting by joining both the palms means respect. Pressing them together is said to activate the pressure points which helps us remember that person for a long time. Copper is a vital metal very useful to the human body. ears. is a spot that is considered as a major nerve point in human body since ancient times. Normally toe rings are worn on the second toe. Applying Tilak on the Forehead: On the forehead. However. It will keep it healthy by regulating the blood flow to it and menstrual cycle will be regularized. people greet each other by joining their palms – termed as “Namaskar. 4. Joining Both Palms together to Greet: In Hindu culture. no germs since we don’t make any physical contact! 3. and women use the tip of the brush to apply it which makes the application easier and less messy Chetan Bhagat AMAZING SCIENTIFIC REASONS BEHIND HINDU TRADITIONS: 1. Making it a custom ensured that all of us follow the practice. and mind.

the scientific reason behind bells is that their ring clears our mind and helps us stay sharp and keep our full concentration on devotional purpose. The moment we ring the bell. Why do we have Navratras: Our living style has drastically changed if we compare it to the society hundreds & thousands of years ago. Also known as ‘Sacred or Holy Basil’. These bells are made in such a way that when they produce a sound it creates a unity in the Left and Right parts of our brains. 8. However. with the status of mother. Why do Temples have Bells: People who are visiting the temple should and will Ring the bell before entering the inner sanctum (Garbhagudi or Garbha Gruha or womb-chamber) where the main idol is placed. The duration of echo is good enough to activate all the seven healing centres in our body. The vedic sages knew the benefits of Tulsi and that is why they personified it as a Goddess and gave a clear message to the entire community that it needs to be taken care of by the people. It is a remarkable antibiotic. both these months are the months of changing seasons and the eating habits of both the seasons are quite different from each other. 6. it produces a sharp and enduring sound which lasts for minimum of 7 seconds in echo mode. stabilize his or her health condition. its wood is not strong enough for any purpose then why should a common villager or person worship it or even care for it? Our ancestors knew that ‘Peepal’ is one of the very few trees (or probably the only tree) which produces oxygen even at night. gain a lot of self confidence & increase the self determination power (fasts are a medium to improve our will power and self determination) and finally get ready for the challenges of the changed season. literate or illiterate.loss of “energy”. These nine days were marked as a period when people would clean their body system by keeping fasts by avoiding excessive salt and sugar. Start with Spice & End with Sweet: . 9. the red ‘kumkum’ between the eyebrows is said to retain energy in the human body and control the various levels of concentration. Tulsi. except for its shadow. Why do we worship Peepal Tree: ‘Peepal’ tree is almost useless for an ordinary person. Why do we worship Tulsi Plant: Hindu religion has bestowed ‘Tulsi’. 7. The traditions which we follow in present are not establishments of today but of the past. prolong his or her life. Taking Tulsi everyday in tea or otherwise increases immunity and help the drinker prevent diseases. This results in emptying our brain from all negative thoughts. So in order to save this tree because of its unique property they related it to God/religion. balance his or her body system and most important of all. ‘Peepal’ does not a have a delicious fruit. the bell is used to give sound for keeping evil forces away and the ring of the bell is pleasant to God. It is said that snakes do not dare to go near a Tulsi plant. gain a lot of positive energy. This also facilitates the blood supply to the face muscles. Keeping Tulsi plant at home prevents insects and mosquitoes from entering the house. According to Agama Sastra. Maybe that is why ancient people would grow lots of Tulsi near their houses. Navratras give enough time to the body to adjust and prepare itself for to the changing season. Ever thought. Tulsi has great medicinal properties. 5. why do we have Navratras twice a year unlike other festivals like Deepawali or Holi? Well. meditate. has been recognized as a religious and spiritual devout in many parts of the world. While applying kumkum the points on the mid-brow region and Adnya-chakra are automatically pressed. We try to protect it because it is like Sanjeevani for the mankind.

Why not to sleep with Your Head towards North: Myth is that it invites ghost or death but science says that it is because human body has its own magnetic field (Also known as hearts magnetic field. with the thousand-petalled lotus. Celebration & Cleaning During Diwali: Diwali usually falls in October or November which marks the start of winter season and end of rainy season. seventh chakra. Alzheimer’s Disease. As the wedding day approaches. describes the master sensitive spot on the head as Adhipati Marma. Weddings are stressful. the excitement mixed with nervous anticipation can take its toll on the bride and groom. in the brain. many homes needed repair and renovation after a heavy fall. Application of mehndi can prevent too much stress because it cools the body and keeps the nerves from becoming tense. sweets were always recommended to be taken as a last item. it is regarding sitting in the “Sukhasan” position and then eating. iron from the whole body starts to congregate in brain.Our ancestors have stressed on the fact that our meals should be started off with something spicy and sweet dishes should be taken towards the end. where the sushumnã (nerve) arrives from the lower part of the body. That cause problems related to blood pressure and our heart needs to work harder in order to overcome this asymmetry of Magnetic fields. Sukhasan is the position we normally use for Yoga asanas. Surya Namaskar: . the stress causes headaches and fevers. Cognitive Decline. 10. In Yog. Choti on the Male Head: Sushrut rishi. sweets or carbohydrates pulls down the digestive process. This can cause headache. The shikha protects this spot. 15. When we sleep with head towards north. where there is a nexus of all nerves. the foremost surgeon of Ayurveda. Sitting on the Floor & Eating: This tradition is not just about sitting on floor and eating. because the flow of blood) and Earth is a giant magnet. Brahmarandhra is the highest. Hence. The knotted shikhã helps boost this centre and conserve its subtle energy known as ojas. Sitting in this position while eating helps in improving digestion as the circulatory system can focus solely upon digestion and not on our legs dangling from a chair or supporting us while we are standing. which house nerve endings in the body. And also take out their winter clothes and pack the summer ones. Below. our body’s magnetic field become completely asymmetrical to the Earth’s Magnetic field. Parkinson disease and brain degeneration. When we sleep in this position. Rainy season wasn’t a good time for everyone back then. Apart from this another reason is that Our body have significant amount of iron in our blood. and often. The significance of this eating practice is that while spicy things activate the digestive juices and acids and ensure that the digestion process goes on smoothly and efficiently. 12. Applying Mehendi/Henna on the Hand: Besides lending color to the hands. It is the centre of wisdom. That is why time before diwali was considered the period during which everyone can indulge in cleaning and beautification of their home. This is the reason why mehndi is applied on the hands and feet. 13. 14. 11. mehndi is a very powerful medicinal herb. occurs the Brahmarandhra.

The scientific explanation of ouching Feet(charan sparsh): Usually. To an extent. a circuit is immediately formed and the energies of two bodies are connected.Hindus have a tradition of paying regards to Sun God early in the morning by their water offering ritual. It causes emotional imbalances in the body. Research suggests there are major health benefits to caloric restriction like reduced risks of cancer. 18. Regular cleansing of toxic materials keeps one healthy. Mercury is also known for removing stress and strain. Why do we Fast: The underlying principle behind fasting is to be found in Ayurveda. Your fingers and palms become the ‘receptor’ of energy and the feet of other person become the ‘giver’ of energy. By fasting. When you join the fingertips of your hand to those of their opposite feet. Since the human body. This idea appeals to the Western world as well. In essence. It helps to reduce impertinent behaviour and the ear-channels become free from disorders. immune disorders etc. power of thinking and decision making faculties. Ear Piercing in Children: Piercing the ears has a great importance in Indian ethos. we become prone to a morning lifestyle and mornings are proven to be the most effective part of the day. switching on a quick connect between two minds and hearts. besides controlling blood pressure also activates sexual drive. Sindoor should be applied right upto the pituitary gland where all our feelings are centered. 16. the digestive organs get rest and all body mechanisms are cleansed and corrected. irritable and violent. This ancient Indian medical system sees the basic cause of many diseases as the accumulation of toxic materials in the digestive system. . is composed of 80% liquid and 20% solid. Application of Sindoor or Vermillion: It is interesting to note that that the application of sindoor by married women carries a physiological significance. Fasting acts as antidote. mercury. When they accept your respect which came from your reduced ego (and is called your shraddha) their hearts emit positive thoughts and energy (which is called their karuna) which reaches you through their hands and toes. The nerves that start from our brain spread across all your body. making some people tense. Due to its intrinsic properties. Indian physicians and philosophers believe that piercing the ears helps in the development of intellect. diabetes. It was mainly because looking at Sun rays through water or directly at that time of the day is good for eyes and also by waking up to follow this routine. for it lowers the acid content in the body which helps people to retain their sanity. 17. the person of whose feet you are touching is either old or pious. and so they are getting their ears pierced to wear fancy earrings as a mark of fashion. This is so because Sindoor is prepared by mixing turmeric-lime and the metal mercury. Talkativeness fritters away life energy. This also explains why Sindoor is prohibited for the widows. Ear piercing helps in speechrestraint. the same is achieved through handshakes and hugs. as explained by Ayurveda. A complete fast is good for heath. and the occasional intake of warm lemon juice during the period of fasting prevents the flatulence. cardiovascular diseases. like the earth. For best results. the completed circuit enables flow of energy and increases cosmic energy. the gravitational force of the moon affects the fluid contents of the body. 19. These nerves or wires end in the fingertips of your hand and feet.

which has no ends to pass the energy outside but to send it back to the body. Talking about the scientific reason behind this custom. It is also beneficial for the growth of nails. you will be surprised to know that many of these rituals are actually have some scientific reasons behind them. your thinking will change according to the object you are viewing. What’s more? Mehendi also protects them from various viral or fungal infections. 2015 There are a large number of rituals that are followed in the Indian weddings. it is applied on the hands of the groom as well. Wondering what is the reason to apply it? Well. As the scientists dwell deeper into the mysteries of these ancient customs. Similarly. Recommended Read: The Significance Of Mehendi Ceremony Every Girl Should Know Before She Gets Married So. a man will shape his thoughts as per what he sees. Scientific Reasons behind These 6 Popular Indian Wedding Traditions Will Leave You Simply Amazed September 25. In fact. here are some amazing scientific reasons behind following them. 21.20. mind and soul. for those who have always wondered over the significance and relevance of these rituals. the haldi ceremony is followed so as to bring a natural glow on the face of the couple. Applying haldi During this ceremony. Its cooling effect helps in relieving the couple from stress. Why Idol Worship: Hinduism propagates idol worship more than any other religion. We are pretty sure that most of you would never have heard about these facts before! #1. The Bangles used by women are normally in the wrist part of ones hand and its constant friction increases the blood circulation level. they find them to be steeped with logic and science. Traditionally. henna has strong soothing as well as antiseptic properties. #2. Researchers say that this was initiated for the purpose of increasing concentration during prayers. you must first know that turmeric is also called the ‘wonder herb’ because of its . And. Another traditional reason behind this custom is to fend off evil spirits from causing any harm to the couple. Further more the electricity passing out through outer skin is again reverted to one’s own body because of the ring shaped bangles. Why do Indian Women wear Bangles: Normally the wrist portion is in constant activation on any human. in ancient India. Applying mehendi An Indian bride can never be considered complete without the mehendi (henna) on her hands and feet. idol worship was established so that when people view idols it is easy for them to concentrate to gain spiritual energy and meditate without mental diversion. Also the pulse beat in this portion is mostly checked for all sorts of ailments. If you have 3 different objects in front of you. the rituals practiced in the Indian weddings (especially those followed in the Hindu customs). According to psychiatrists. a paste of haldi (turmeric) is applied on the bride and the groom at their respective places. Although many people consider these traditions to be mere superstitions. headaches and even fever. are aimed at bringing a holistic balance between the body.

Secondly. the mercury cools down the body and makes her feel relaxed. . Wearing bangles Bangles are one of the most essential ornaments of the Indian culture. and a minute level of the metal. As the bangles are worn on the wrists. lime. mercury. It has a very good effect on the health of all the people who are present in that pure ambience. widows or unmarried women are not allowed to wear it. The turmeric kills bacteria in the skin and makes the couple glow radiantly. Putting sindoor in hair partition Apart from being the symbol of matrimony for a Hindu woman. etc. ghee. help you to stay healthy. and other herbs. it is mandatory to wear rings on their second toe. It takes away the negative energy and spreads positivity. sindoor (red vermilion powder) has some great health benefits as well. No wonder bangles are considered auspicious for married women! Did this one leave you wondering about the logic behind traditions associated with other jewellery? Well. as they stand closest to this fire. #6. are put into the fire. the entire process helps the body to receive the best medicinal advantages of turmeric. this tradition also has two amazing scientific reasons behind it. #5. The holy fire The holy fire around which the bride and groom take their vows has a special significance. such as different kinds of wood. apart from enhancing the beauty of a bride. When ingredients. Hence. The paste is usually prepared by mixing turmeric with oil. It also triggers a sexual drive among them. as they are made of silver. Wearing toe rings For Hindu brides in various cultures. Firstly. these rings conduct the polar energy from the earth to body. The fire is a very strong cleanser of the surrounding environment. The toe ring makes the uterus stronger and regulates the menstrual cycle. there are a number of acupressure points. then here are the Reasons Why Couples Wear Their Engagement Rings On The Fourth Finger #4. rice. But. if your answer is ‘yes’.. there is a particular nerve in the second toe. the mixture has a moisturising effect on the skin as well. And thus. It contains turmeric. the smoke emanating from it becomes an extremely powerful purification agent. and particularly the couple. which is a good conductor. they offer an amazing health benefit as well. which when pressed by the bangles.various medicinal properties. which connects to the heart while passing through the uterus. And this is the reason why. When sindoor is applied on the bride’s hair partition. #3. The friction between the bangles and your skin also improves blood circulation. And.

and retain this to control various levels of concentration. ears. 2. facilitating blood supply to the facial muscles. A tilak is believed to prevent the loss of energy. Joining both hands ensures touching the tips of all the fingers together. Moreover. A particular nerve from this connects the uterus and passes to heart. Toe rings Indian women normally wear toe rings on the second toe. helping us remember that person for a long time. which are linked to pressure points in the eyes. the act of applying this ensures that the points on the mid-brow region and Adnya-chakra are pressed. keeping it healthy by regulating the blood flow to it. Pressing them together is said to activate these. Moreover. Henna Mehndi is a very powerful medicinal herb. Thus.15 Scientific Reasons behind Popular Hindu Traditions 1. It cools the body and keeps the nerves from becoming tense. and mind. Namaste There is a scientific reason behind the ‘Namaskar’ in Hindu culture. 4. a toe ring on this toe strengthens the uterus. Tilak The spot between the eyebrows on a forehead is considered a major nerve point in the human body. a woman’s menstrual cycle is said to be regularized. . 3. and its application on hands and feet can prevent stress during weddings.

. Not sleeping with your head pointing north The human body has its own magnetic field. The plait on the head of males Sushruta described the master sensitive spot on the head as Adhipati Marma. The duration of the bell echo is ideal to activate all the seven healing centres in our body. Piercing ears Indian physicians and philosophers believe that piercing ears helps in the development of intellect. This was considered a centre of wisdom. Waking up to follow this routine ensures we are prone to a morning lifestyle. Bells in temples People ring the temple bell on entering as the sound of it is said to clear our mind and help us stay sharp. Throwing coins in a river Historically. Get a piercing today! 9. a vital metal for the human body. most currency was made of copper. 10. The knotted plait helps boost this centre and conserve its subtle energy. Surya Namaskar Hindus have a tradition of paying their respects to the Sun God early in the morning through the Surya Namaskar. Moreover. 6. causing problems related to blood pressure since your heart needs to work harder in order to overcome this.5. keeping our full concentration on devotion. while the Earth is a giant magnet. When you sleep with your head pointing north. clearing us of negativity. 8. power of thinking and decision making faculties. Throwing coins in a river was a way to intake sufficient copper as part of water as rivers were the only source of drinking water. 7. your body’s magnetic field becomes asymmetrical to the Earth’s. these bells are made in such a way that the sound they produce creates unity in the left and right parts of our brains.

By fasting. Sindoor Sindoor is prepared by mixing turmeric. Thus. Due to its intrinsic properties. 13. Charan Sparsh When you touch the feet of the elderly. 14. Fasting Ayurveda sees the basic cause of many diseases as the accumulation of toxic materials in the digestive system. 12. Wearing bangles . their hearts emit positive thoughts and energy. Regular cleansing of toxic materials keeps one healthy. sindoor should be applied right upto the pituitary gland where all our feelings are centered. Idol worship Hinduism propagates idol worship more than any other religion.11. Your fingers and palms become the ‘receptor’ of energy and the feet of the other person become the ‘giver’ of energy. switching on a quick connect between two minds and hearts. the digestive organs get rest and all body mechanisms are cleansed and corrected. This was initiated for the purpose of increasing concentration during prayers. lime and the metal mercury. In essence. According to psychiatrists. 15. mercury controls blood pressure and activates sexual drive. a man will shape his thoughts as per what he sees. which they transmit through their hands and toes. the completed circuit enables flow of energy and increases cosmic energy.

. the electricity passing out through outer skin is again reverted to one’s own body because of the ring shaped bangles.Bangles cause constant friction with the wrist which increases the blood circulation level. Further more.

. The woman shown in picture ‘B’ has applied Kumkum on her forehead.  By applying the bindi continuously at one place.1 The effect of applying a bindi on the forehead The woman in picture ‘A’ above. By looking at the woman in picture ‘B’. Picture A Picture B Answer: By looking at the woman in picture ‘A’. the back of the bindis is made of artificial objects like paper. 1. bad or nothing at all after looking at the pictures. plastic etc. Due to a lack of knowledge of Spiritual science some women overlook the auspicious things mentioned in Hindu Dharma. there is a higher risk of the negative energies creating a center there. Vermilion: An adornment of women Subtle experiment of a woman wearing a synthetic mark (Bindi) and a woman wearing vermilion (Kumkum)) : Look at the two pictures below with concentration and note whether you feel good.  These frequencies spread in the body of the woman wearing the bindi through the Adnya-chakra. The woman shown in picture ‘A’ has applied a bindi on her forehead. It is evident from this why one experiences distress by looking at the woman in picture ‘A’ who has applied a bindi on her forehead. The glue applied for sticking the bindi.  As a result. the strength of the raja-tama particles in the woman’s body increases. The subtle effect of a bindi is as follows:  Raja-tama-dominant frequencies in the atmosphere are attracted towards the glue behind the bindi. one experiences discomfort.What is the benefit of applying kumkum than a bindi? 1. one feels good. has applied a bindi which can be stuck on the forehead in place of kumkum. which are tama-dominant.

the sattvik frequencies present in the environment are absorbed and emitted as per the need. colour and Shakti of kumkum Due to the fragrance of kumkum.  Due to kumkum. I started applying kumkum from that very day onwards.  The vibrations of the saviour Shakti Principle present in the woman are awakened. Due to the Shakti frequencies present in the kumkum. their subtlest particles in the Universe. Spiritual experience Kumkum not wiped off even when in the sun or rain: I was regularly using a bindi.5 Effect of fragrance. This facilitates the blood supply to the face muscles.1. the subtle excretory air in the woman’s body is disintegrated.  Due to this. the points on the mid-brow region and Adnya-chakra are automatically pressed. In some regions women apply kumkum in the centre parting of their hair in addition to the forehead. – Mrs. Manisha 1. till date. . The subtle fragrance emitted by kumkum has the ability to attract and emit the Pavitraka of Deities. B. On reading a message to seekers in the weekly ‘Sanatan Prabhat’ about ‘apply kumkum in place of a bindi’. the Shakti Principle Pavitrakas in the environment. the woman has applied kumkum on the forehead. After applying kumkum.4 Benefits of applying kumkum A. that is. This explains why one gets good spiritual experiences by looking at the woman wearing kumkum. a tremendous ability to attract the saviour or destroyer Devi Principle is generated. Applying kumkum in the parting is also a symbol of the marital status of the woman. obstacles are created in the entry of the negative energies in the body of the woman through the Adnya-chakra. Since then. Due to the saviour-destroyer Chaitanya-frequencies emitted by kumkum the woman wearing it is protected from negative energies. 1.2 The effect of applying vermilion (kumkum) on the forehead In picture ‘B’. The blood supply to the face muscles is facilitated: While applying kumkum. the soul-energy (Atmashakti) is awakened in her. 1. the kumkum I have applied for the day has never been wiped off even in the sun or upon getting wet in the rain. Particles of Absolute Fire Element (Tej-tattva) are emitted through the colour pigments present in the kumkum and are gained by the woman.  By a woman applying kumkum.  In this soul-energy. Applying kumkum on the forehead is a symbol of Sanatan Hindu culture and also of sacredness and auspiciousness. the subtlest particles of the Shakti Principle are attracted to the woman. that is.3 Importance of kumkum Kumkum is a form of Shakti. 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.

– Mrs.  This awakened Shakti Principle spreads in the form of a flow in the Adnya-chakra of the woman who wears the kumkum. Thereafter I experienced circular vibrations on my Adnya-chakra. A spiral of this Divine Principle is generated in the kumkum and is activated. it remains there for a longer time. As a result. If wax is applied before the kumkum. the raja-guna function of the woman gains strength in the form of Shakti. In the body of the woman wearing the kumkum. the Shakti Principle present in kumkum is awakened in a short time. I began to apply it on the forehead.  The flows of Shakti are attracted in the kumkum. attracts the Divine Principle. A spiral . A spiral of destroyer Shakti filled with particles of Dharma Shakti is created in the kumkum and it becomes activated. being sattvik. A sheath of Chaitanya is created around the body of the woman due to which her body and mind are purified. the ring finger should be used.8 Effects of applying kumkum on the forehead of a woman  The kumkum. a woman gains Tej in the form of white rays due to which the black covering formed on her face reduces. Chaitanya frequencies are spread.Through spiritual experience one can understand that through kumkum. Savitri 1. Benefit (Percentage) Effect on the woman 1. By looking at the kumkum on the forehead I experience calm and cool frequencies in my eyes.6 Time and appropriate ritual of applying kumkum Normally women apply kumkum after the morning ablutions. Fragrance of kumkum 5 Increase in vital energy.7 Spiritual reasons for using the ring finger to apply kumkum on oneself  As the ring finger is associated with the Absolute Water Principle. 1. 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 apply kumkum: In the year 2004 after reading in the daily ‘Sanatan Prabhat’ about applying kumkum. 1. My mind became very calm and my face became sattvik. after bath and after washing the face. A spiral of Chaitanya is emitted from the kumkum. Colour of kumkum 5 Disintegration of black energy due to the Absolute Fire Principle emitted by the colour particles 3. For applying kumkum.  With the help of these frequencies.  A flow of Chaitanya is attracted in the kumkum and its spiral is generated and it remains activated. the frequencies of the Absolute Water Principle are emitted through the ring finger.disintegration of excretory air 2.

feeling like ‘not to apply kumkum’. By using the middle finger which has a maximum of the Absolute Fire Principle. to prevent the woman from applying kumkum. Vibrations by applying kumkum Proportion (Percentage) Shakti 3 Chaitanya 2 Divine Principle 2 1. B. the negative energies may distress women. Hence. the women are able to absorb Chaitanya. the kumkum getting wiped out automatically etc.  A spiral of this Shakti is generated in the kumkum and these spirals spread through the body of the woman to whom the kumkum has been applied.  Due to the touch of kumkum. A protective sheath of Shakti is generated around the body of the woman who wears kumkum. the women affected by negative energies may experience distress such as continuous itching at the place where kumkum is applied.12 Spiritual science underlying the use of kumkum being more appropriate than sindur Due to the destroyer Principle in kumkum. The proportion of destroyer Principle is less in sindur than in the kumkum. Chaitanya flows in the body of the woman applying the kumkum. one’s own body is protected. These particles are also emitted in the environment. be it a man or a woman. For this reason. Divine Shakti is attracted in the kumkum. .9 Application of kumkum to others While applying kumkum to others. the middle finger should be used. This is the reason why the use of kumkum is more appropriate and beneficial than the sindur. The Shakti particles are spread in the body of the woman who applies the kumkum.of saviour Shakti is generated in the kumkum and it remains activated. 1. 1. Flows of Shakti are emitted by the kumkum. Protection from negative energies: The head of women is more soft and sensitive than men. it is appropriate from the viewpoint of both psychology and Spirituality. in order to protect this part of the body from the negative energies. As a result the black energy in the body of the woman is removed. 1. Subtle effects of application of kumkum by one woman to another:  While application of kumkum by one woman to another with the middle finger. developing a rash.11 Effects of applying kumkum or sindur in the hair parting by married women A. Hence. the warrior attitude and enthusiasm of men used to increase. Due to kumkum. the sindur is filled in the hair parting. 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.10 Effects of kumkum on women suffering from distress by negative energies Due to the sattvikta of kumkum. the subtle body of the woman is protected from negative energies.

this conduct assists a widow to proceed on the path of God realisation.13 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. Hence. By doing so. Sacrifice of the Great Illusion (Maya) and creation of sense of detachment in self: After the death of husband. ‘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. while applying kumkum the woman remembers her husband because of which the subtle body of the husband is again compelled to come to the Earth. they also cause spiritual harm to the husband. it is necessary to awaken a sense of detachment in the woman. . some widows say. In order to prevent the harm. Hence she has to sacrifice the ornaments that are suggestive of state of a married woman. Due to lack of religious education and the increasing influence of Western culture.1. B. they should pay attention to observing righteous conducts in daily life seriously.