Traditional authentic Sindoor of India is made by grinding the dried turmeric to a powder. A few drops of lime are then added to this yellow powder, which changes its hue to a bright red. Sindoor is considered to be very auspicious by Indians and thus, used for various purposes on special occasions like wedding and festivals. People, however, use both red and the original yellow powders depending upon what they need the Sindoor for. The art of putting Sindoor holds a great degree of significance in India, especially for married women.
When an Indian woman wears a little red Sindoor in the parting of her hair just above the forehead, it conveys the meaning that she is married. In this case, the Indian vermillion is referred to as Sindoor or Sindur. Whenever a female visits someone’s house, it is customary for the elder ladies of that family to offer or apply a little Sindoor on her forehead. In south India, whenever married women visit temples they dip their finger in yellow turmeric powder and apply a dot on their necks.
Sindoor is not just an art but, for married Indian woman, it’s is almost compulsory to apply Sindoor in the parting of their hair everyday. As per Hindu customs, she is supposed to cease wearing Sindoor only after the demise of her husband.
We all know that the sindoor or vermilion is a symbol of marriage for Hindus; the bride has to wear sindoor in the parting of her hair or on the upper part of her forehead from the wedding day onwards. This is almost a compulsion for Hindus.
Hinduism believes that Goddess Parvati protects men whose wives wear the sindoor. The mention of sindoor has also been made in The Puranas, Lalitha Sahasranamam and Soundarya Lahharis.
However, according to experts in Vedic traditions, the sindoor is applied to the wife by her husband at the time of marriage to imply that she is now protected by her husband and anyone who dares to harm her in any manner will have to face the husband’s wrath.
Married Hindu women on the other hand believe that wearing the sindoor will give their husbands life-long protection.
It is also believed among Hindus that the sindoor is a sign of good fortune and represents the female energy of Sati and Parvati.