Significance of Kumkum and Turmeric in Hindu Tradition

From ancient times, kumkum or vermillion and turmeric are considered as the holiest materials in the Hindu tradition. They are used  for all auspicious occasions starting from any puja to marriage.Let us now look into the significance of kumkum and turmeric in our tradition.

Both the kumkum and turmeric are inseparable from the Hindu married women. Married women put a bindi of kumkum on their forehead from ancient time. The primary ingredients of kumkum are turmeric and natural camphor. Turmeric is another auspicious item which is used in all religious rituals in Hinduism. It is used for making the idols of Lord Ganesha during the Ganesh Puja. Turmeric being a natural antiseptic, it can be used to heal cuts and burns and also any internal health problems.

1. Turmeric Stands for Purification:

You must have seen in Hindu marriages that there is always a ‘Haldi’ custom. Here, the paste of turmeric is applied to the bride. It is meant for purifying the bride from all sins and to prepare her for the auspicious ceremonies of the wedding ceremony.

2. Kumkum – Symbol of Female Energy:

According to scholars, red is the colour of power and energy. It stands for the power of Goddess Parvati or Sati who is the epitome of energy. According to the Hindu mythologies, Sati is the ideal wife as she dedicated her life for her husband. So every woman should apply kumkum to show her devotion towards their husband.

3. Turmeric – Symbol of Many Things:

Turmeric is believed to be the symbol of the sun, good luck and fertility. It also symbolizes the overall prosperity. That’s why, turmeric in used in all occasions.

4. Astrological Significance of Kumkum:

According to the astrological belief, kumkum is the symbol of Saubhagya or good luck. Actually, it is believed that our forehead is the place of the Mesha Rashi and Mars is the Lord of Mesha (Aries) Rashi. So when married woman apply Kumkum on the forehead it brings good luck to life.

5. The Colour Significance of Turmeric:

Turmeric is generally available in orange and yellow colours. You will be surprised to know that these colours also have some specific meaning. While yellow stands for chastity and sensuality, orange is for courage and sacrifice.

6. Significance of Turmeric on Your Health:

Drinking warm milk mixed with turmeric can keep you relaxed. Also turmeric milk heals acid reflux or any other pain in your body. Applying turmeric on your skin can bring a nice glow to your skin as well.

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