Why Have Indian Women Been Applying Sindoor In Their Maang? Find Out The Scientific And Social Reasons.

Since time immemorial, Hindu married women apply sindoor (vermillion) in the parting of their hair (where the hair is parted when it is combed.). According to ancient Hindu scriptures, sindoor holds a lot of importance in Indian society and married women wearing sindoor is considered auspicious.

Have you ever wondered why married women apply sindoor? Is it only applied as a symbol of them being married? Wearing sindoor is more than a symbol of marriage, it is a tradition, which is followed for various reasons.

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In traditional Hindu society, wearing sindoor is considered must for married Hindu women. It is a visible expression of their desire for their husbands’ longevity. Traditionally therefore, widows did not wear vermilion.


Mythological explanation
The tradition of wearing sindoor by married women has been explained in Indian mythology. According to religious scriptures, red is the color of power and vermilion represents the female energy of Sati and Parvati.

Sati is considered an ideal Hindu wife because she gave her life for her husband’s honor. Hindus believe that Goddess Parvati grants ‘Akhand Soubhagya’ (lifelong good fortune) to all the females who wear sindoor in their hair parting.

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