As its being rightly said that: “Marriage is all about Faith, Belief and Trust – a faith to find a soul mate, a belief to have a companionship till eternity and a trust that these faith and belief will never be defeated.”
The marriages are otherwise said to be made in heaven, and celebrated on the earth. Whether it is the arranged marriage or the love marriage, the faith on the partner, forms the basis on which the beautiful building of Love and successful marriage develops. It’s not merely about the choosing the right partner, rather becoming the right one. If we analyze the secrete of successful wedding, whether it’s love or the arranged one, the trust on partner, that the stranger you are going to get marry would be the best soul mate, and would remain trustworthy and reliable during the span of lifetime. And then, the complete wedding ceremony is series of various rituals based on beliefs.
Sindoor Daan Ceremony- A belief of Typical Hindu Brides
The ceremony includes the application of Sindoor in the hair parting of a bride at the time of wedding as a symbol of suhaag by the groom. The mangalsutra along with the indoor forms the identification of married women according to typical Indian bride. The married ones are easily recognized by looking at the forehead or the line of distinction on the head. At the same time, it’s highly banned for the widows. This belief has many mythological stories associated with it which also adds fear factor to ‘Sindoor’.
Various sentiments found to be related with Sindoor–
Love & Commitment: The first application of sindoor in the hair parting by the groom reveals that the groom has accepted the bride and would keep her with love during the whole life. This forms actually the first sign of commitment by the groom, and the wife continues applying the same in her hair parting for lifetime to symbolize that commitment.
Belief: The belief of applying sindoor depicts a strong belief too, that the life of husband would be long enough. Moreover, the mythological readings further unveil the fact that Goddess parvati herself protects the life of those men whose wivws apply sindoor with faith and follow the belif. Sindhoor actually symbolizes the Suhaag, As it is applied by the bride for the long life of the husband.
Fear: There is constant fear which is prevalent in rural areas and the bolywood about no application of sindoor by the wives. Even the myths about the falling of sindoor on the floor consequently lead to mishaps with the husband.
Romance: The sindoor is mixed with the mercury. It is alo believed that the women applying sindoor has more sexual power than the one not applying the same. Moreover, sindoor is considered to control the blood pressure.
Fashion: The fashion trends now-a-days reveal that the sindoor along with the above said beliefs and rituals, also finds its valuable place in the fashion industry with a range of the varying colours. The sparkling colours of the sindoors when applied as fashion , leads to the generation of the newer concepts in the industry. It is majorly sold cosmetic in INDIA.
During the last day of durga pooja, all the Bengalis perform sindoor khela on the last day Durga pooja by applying sindoor on the feet or the forehead by applying sindoor to all the married women present in the pooja. This festival is actually the proud feeling of possession of a husband.
Bollywood Drama: Bollywood has also played an important role in spreading the significance of ‘Sindoor. It has made ‘Sindoor’ so famous that even non-hindu people in cities started adopting this ritual in wedding. Hope you remember the beautifully portrayed sindoor scenes in some of the famous movies like Ramleela, Jodha Akbar, Devdas, Om Shanti Om, etc. which have well explained the importance of Sindoor in Indian Culture.