Sindoor

Vermilion or Sindoor: is a red colored powder that is applied in the parting of the hair by married women.

It is also called kum kum in some parts of India. This sign of marriage is more or less consistent among women from all over India. Sindoor is symbolic of the red flame of Sati and Parvati, both forms of Shati. It is supposed to give power and determination to a wife. The significance of vermilion is also psycho-sexual; it contains mercury that stirs sexual desire.

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