3 rituals Indian married women follow every day, but don't know what they mean!
Here are the real reasons why Hindu married women apply sindoor, wear a bindi and sport a toe ring.
Perhaps you are also one of those married Indian women who wear a bindi and apply sindoor on your forehead every single day, but do you know what it signifies?
Looks like you don’t, which is why we thought of telling you about the real reasons why Hindu married women follow three daily rituals of applying sindoor, wearing a bindi and sporting a bichchiya. Read on to know.
#1. Why you wear sindoor in the parting of your hair
While many say that it is a demarcation between married and unmarried women, the truth is the ritual of applying sindoor on your forehead is one that has been carried out for almost 5000 years now. Sindoor finds a mention in the Puranas, Lalitha Sahasranamam and Soundarya Lahharis.
According to Hindu mythology, red is the colour of power and vermilion represents the female energy of Sati and Parvati. Mythology says that Sati was an ideal Indian wife as she gave her life to safe her husband’s.
Religious scriptures also say that Goddess Parvati, who also used to wear sindoor (or kumkum), grants Akhand Soubhagya to those women who wear sindoor in the forehead, which basically means that it is a symbol for the long life of a woman’s husband. It is also considered auspicious and signifies good fortune.
What science says: Ayurveda says that putting the red vermillion powder on the forehead activates the chakras in the forehead, which leads to the flow of positive energy and bestows the couple with prosperity and good health.
Traditionally sindoor was prepared using mercury, turmeric, chandan and lime, which also benefitted your health. Mercury in particular helps ease stress, keeps the brain active, controls the blood pressure, and activates the sexual drive. While everyone knows about turmeric’s anti-bacterial properties chandan or sandalwood is renowned for its ‘cooling’ properties.
#2. Why you wear a bindi on your forehead?
While mostly women sport a bindi in today’s times, in the ancient era even men used to wear a red dot or a tilak on the forehead. This was because it signifies the third eye of the spiritual sight, which has the power to see things that the normal eyes cannot.
In olden days a bindi also signified your caste and every sect had a different colour such as the shatriyas wore a red tilak and the brahmins wore a chandan tikka.
On a religious note, the colour red symbolises ‘Shakti’, the Goddess of strength. The red bindi was earlier made of kumkum, which contained chandan, haldi and lime. As mentioned above all these ingredients have numerous health benefits.
Health wise: It is also believed that the place where a bindi is put is usually the place where the ajna chakra resides. Ajna chakra is the sixth chakra of the human body and represents the pineal gland, which helps in fighting stress, insomnia and tension.
Women who are homemakers should wear a bindi so that they can keep the stress away from their homes and maintain harmony in the household. The red colour of the bindi also signifies honour, love, prosperity and a peaceful married life.
#3 Why married women wear toe rings or bichchiya
While this is again a symbol of a married woman, the toe rings or bichchiya that you wear also have a scientific reason behind them.The earliest references to toe rings can be found in the Ramayana. When Ravana kidnapped Sita, she threw her toe rings on the way to Lanka so that Rama could find her.
The second toe, on which you usually wear a toe ring, has a nerve that connects the uterus and passes to the heart. Thus wearing a toe ring strengthens the uterus and regulates the blood flow to this important female reproductive organ. It also helps regularise the monthly menstrual cycle.
Though women now-a-days also wear gold toe rings, silver is considered to be better as it is a good conductor and science says that it absorbs polar energies from the earth and passes it to the body.
Ayurveda says that you should wear some metal on the body and if you wear a silver toe ring, it would help all the positive energy from the earth and transfer it to your body.
Also Read: Significance of the seven chakras
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