Dark red kumkum

Dark red kumkum

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Dark red kumkum 

Kumkum is a powder for social and also religious markings in India. It is made from turmeric or any other materials. Dry and then powder the turmeric with a bit of lime, which turns the rich yellow powder into a red color.

Kumkuma is most often by Indians to the forehead. The reason involves the ancient Indian belief that "the human body is into seven vortices of energy, called chakras, beginning at the base of the spine and ending at the top of the head.

The sixth chakra, also known as the third eye, is in the forehead directly between the eyebrows and is to be the channel through which humankind opens spiritually to the Divine"

Kumkum and women

When a girl or a married woman visits a house, it is a sign of respect (in case of an elderly lady) or blessings (in case of a girl) to offer kumkuma to them when they leave. However, it is not forwidows.

Men, women, girls, and boys also apply a dot on their forehead of red turmeric powder, when visiting a temple or during a pooja. Kumkuma at temples is in heaps. People dip their thumb into the heap and apply it on the forehead or between the eyebrows.

In most of India, married women apply red kumkuma to the parting of their hair above their forehead every day as a symbol of marriage.

This is vermilion, or in Hindi, sindoor. In southern India, many girls wear a bindi every day unlike northern India where it is only worn as a symbol of marriage.

Common forehead marks

Shaivites: Followers of Shiva usually apply three white horizontal lines with a dot of kumkuma at the center. This is  tripundra. 

Vaishnavas: Followers of Vishnu make use of "white clay to apply two vertical lines joined at the base and then intersected by a bright red streak." Many times the clay is in a U-shape. This is Vaishnava Tilaka.

Shaktas: Shaktas of most Sampradayas usually apply a dot of vermillion in the center of the forehead with turmeric smeared around it.

Swaminarayana: Followers of the Swaminarayan faith apply kumkuma at the center of the forehead and between a U-shaped tilaka. The tilaka is normally yellow and made from sandalwood.

Chandrakor: Many Maharashtrians – men, women, and children alike – wear it traditionally in the shape of crescent moon.

Other use:

Holi celebrations, Pushkar, Rajasthan.

Kumkuma is also for worshiping the Hindu goddesses, especially Shakti and Lakshmi, and kumkuma powder is thrown (along with other mixtures) into the air during Holi, a popular Hindu spring festival.

Sanatan Sanstha has an article which mentions that Kumkuma also to prevent one from "negative energies entering the body".

Then to know the secrets about dark red kumkum , watch this video

Apart from the above mentioned uses there are many other uses and benefits of dark red kumkum which can be felt while using

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