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Scientific Reason for Wearing Sindoor
As a kid I always questioned about wearing sindoor by married women & never got an answer for the same. When I got married, I again asked my mother-in-law about the same & I was really taken by surprise listening to the benefits & significance of sindoor from her.
Sindoor or Vermilion is a traditional orangish red colored powder obtained from a fruit of the plant. But nowadays sindoor is artificially made using some harmful ingredients. The original sindoor consists of naturally occurring mercury sulfide which makes it toxic & should be handled carefully. I am sharing a picture of the fruit from which the sindoor is obtained which I luckily came across while on my trip to Kanha National Park.
Traditionally sindoor is applied in the parting of hair by married women which is world known but what exactly is the reason behind wearing the sindoor by married women. According to Hindu mythology, it is a symbol of female energy of goddess Parvati, an ideal wife. Legend says that wearing sindoor makes women equivalent to goddess Parvati.
Now the science says that the parting area on the head where sindoor is applied has an important vein called Brahmgranth, which is an extremely sensitive vein. Since sindoor has naturally occurring mercury, it works as a stress buster for the married women and keeps them calm all the time which is expected mostly of women at home as they handle the household all by themselves. It is believed that after marriage, a woman undergoes a great transformation from a carefree soul to a responsible woman. She has to take care of entire household and bear child too. Since the entire transformation is so immediate, it is natural to feel stressed in such a situation & application of sindoor works as a magic providing calmness & stress free state of mind. It controls blood pressure also activates sexual drive; hence the reason why widows are prohibited from wearing sindoor.
Sindoor is also used in all the hindu religious ceremonies especially related to the goddesses. Hope this information helped you come close to our cultural roots.