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Significance And Science Of Sindoor In Hinduism - Red Dot On Forehead Of Hindu Women

There is a scientific reason behind applying sindoor in Hindu culture. The spot on the forehead between the eyebrows, where the sindoor is applied, is a very important nerve point in the body.

The significance of applying sindoor is associated with this spot in the body. In Hindu culture, the spot between the eyebrows is believed to be a very subtle energy point in the brain. It is known as ajna chakra, also known as the intuition center.

Scientific experiments have also proved that this point is associated with the pineal and the pituitary glands, which control various functions of the body.

When sindoor is applied the point on the mid-brow region is pressed and this activates the energy point.

Applying sindoor opens the channel of intuition and it prevents energy loss. It also helps in improving concentration and helps in improving blood supply to face muscles.

Some Important Sindhoor Facts

  • 9000 year old figurines dug up at Mehrgarh in Balochistan have revealed sindoor on hair parting and on forehead.   
  • Sindhoor is also known as kumkum, pottu, tilak and bindi in many regions of India. Although when married women use it, it is known as sindoor.
  • The area where sindoor is applied is between the eyebrows, called the Ajna Chakra.  This is the point that Hinduism considers the entry and exit point of the soul.
  • This area if called the third eye of Shiva.  Applying the bindi signifies her eternal link with the Supreme Being.
  • Sindoor is the symbol of Mother Goddess Shakti. When sindoor is applied she is insuring the protection of Shiva and Shakti in her life.
  • Sindhoor excites joy, passion , dynamism and enthusiasm. It is known to channelize sexual energy.
  • The color of Sindoor is the color with the longest wavelength, being the nearest visible light to infrared in the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Vermillion dots are found on Kalash and are widely used in Hindu rituals as they are representative of fertility.
  • Sindoor is one of the 16 adornments ( solah shringar) for a married Hindu woman.
  • Originally Sindhoor was the purified and powdered form of cinnabar, the only important ore of mercury. It is mercury sulphide. It was highly toxic. Nowadays many Hindus buy chemical sindhoor out of ignorance. Many prepare it at home by mixing turmeric powder with lime juice. Another option (costly) is to mix kusumba flower with saffron flower powder.