The use of saffron in Hinduism
What is the first thing we all remember when we think about India?!
When it comes to the Indian people, we quickly remember the mark on their foreheads. In ancient times, the Indians painted dots and moles on their brows as a custom among the Indians.
Between Hindus, this custom has several meanings. Some say that this red spot on the forehead is related to the ritual of human sacrificing.
Some believe that this sign symbolizes the third eye.
Most of the time, these marks are in the form of dots or lines, in white, black, or red, and each has its own broad social and religious theories and meanings.
But what is the role of saffron in these rituals?
The Indians draw a variety of marking on their bodies which roots go back to the traditions of their predecessors.
The mole on the forehead of Indian women differs according to their status. For example, single women wear a black dot, married women wear a red dot, mothers wear a dark red dot, and widowed women wear a white dot made of ash on their foreheads. The red spots are called bindi or pottu. They are made from saffron powder and yellow spices and are very popular among Indian residents. Indian women also use bindi potion to make handicrafts. They also use them in gemstones such as pearls to make them more beautiful.
Join the Saffron Express team in the next article with Holi celebration, the carnival of colors, as this Iranian red gold also plays a role in this ceremony and please do not hesitate to share your ideas with us!