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Sindoor, bindi and the other one i cant remember

post #1 of 5
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I am doing lots of reading and jury is out.. so iw ill ask you experienced spiritual mamas. What is the differenve between a sindoor and bindi? sindoor seams to be the wedding symbol.. and a bindi is the third eye to protect the marriage... from my reading.. but some sites say theyre the same thing... help
post #2 of 5
India has at least 14 languages and many are used to describe the same thing. Bindi is the Hindi word for it, Bindhu is the Sanskrit word I believe. Kunkum I believe is Sanskrit (describing the red powder itself), and Pottu is Tamil. So Sindoor could be another language too.

Sorry that did not exactly answer your question.

Darshani
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Isn't sindoor a punjabi term? I think it's has to do with marriage for some reason. Maybe the red in the part of the hair.
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from what i gathered online the sindoor goes at the part of the hair for marriage and the bindi is the third eye to protect the marriage and husband. but, im not too clear on it all.
post #5 of 5
That makes sense! In S. India I observed women putting most of the pottu on their forehead at the temples, but if they had leftover powder they would put it in their part or on their wedding pendant. People can't throw away the powder because it comes from God and is sacred. Sometimes they will also leave it in crevices in the temple walls or someplace off the ground, or wrap it up in a bit of paper to take home and use.

Darshani
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