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Why do the hindu married women put on red bindi (sindoor ) on their forehead ?

whats the signifcance ? is there any history behind it ? how this has become a tradition ?

Asked by joyesh chakraborty, 28 Jun '08 11:08 am
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When an Indian woman wears a little red Kumkum in the parting of her hair just above the forehead, it conveys the meaning that she is married. In this case, the Indian vermillion or kumkum 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 kumkum 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 used by the womenfolk of India. Even men, boys, girls and little children apply a dot of this powder on their forehead when they visit a temple or attend some religious function. However, for married Indian woman, it's is almost compulsory to apply Kumkum in the parting of their hair everyday. As per Hindu customs, she is supposed to cease wearing Sindur only after the demise of her husband.
Answered by Jack Johnson, 28 Jun '08 01:15 pm

 
  
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Dear Joyeshji, As far as I know sindoor is put on the forehaed of a married lady to signify that she is "Suhagan" and that goes off once her husband expires. In our own parsi religion we have like of wearing red bangles on the right hand to signify that she is a married lady. I suppose in Bengalis also white bangles are worn to signify of a married lady. Red is very auspicious and holy color for suhagan women to apply. I do not know further in this aspect. Regards Cyrus
Answered by cyrus irani, 28 Jun '08 04:18 pm

 
  
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Dunno the history of it but then Deepika Padukone was gorgeous with "Ek chutki bar sindoor" in OSO.
Answered by Saj Sierra, 28 Jun '08 07:11 pm

 
  
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It is an expression of their desire for their husbands' longevity.
Answered by Anil K Chugh, 28 Jun '08 01:53 pm

 
  
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I think this is only to inform men that she is reserved property so look somewhere else.
Answered by joyoti sen, 28 Jun '08 12:19 pm

 
  
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Actually it has been explained by experts in Vedic traditions that the sindoor is placed on the part at the time of the marriage to signify that the wife is now under the protection of her husband and that anyone who dares to try to harm her would find that their blood (also red) would be forfeit. The sindoor is basically a warning of protection by the husband of his wife.
Answered by Stone Heart, 28 Jun '08 11:13 am

 
  
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The history of sindoor is believed to be very old; it is a very traditional practice. It expresses a woman's desire for a long life for their husbands. The reason sindoor is red is because it comes from vermilion, and it is said to represent strength and love. Women initially experience it during their marriage ceremonies and it is considered very important since the bride belongs to the groom and, apparently, loses her virginity as soon as it is put on.
Answered by Stone Heart, 28 Jun '08 11:24 am

 
  
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Yeh to soubhagya ki nishani hai .
Answered by Sunil Kumar, 01 May '09 09:57 pm

 
  
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To signify that she is married. many yrs ago when a man use to marry a woman, to show others that she is his, he use to hit a stone on her forehead to make a mark.as blood comes out red. today sindur is used as a mark instead.
Answered by sunita seal, 01 Jul '08 12:37 am

 
  
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Good question. Unfortunately, I do not know the answer.
It is interesting and informative to go thru all these answers.
Thanx, joyesh..
Answered by serpentine, 29 Jun '08 10:08 pm

 
  
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