Kumkum in India

KumKum  Man

KumKum Man

This man is a living advertisement for the product that he plies not far from the entrance to a Hindu temple. He sells kumkum powder. Hindus apply a dot of kumkum on foreheads when they visit a temple or attend a religious ceremony and other special occasions like a wedding. Married women apply it in the part of their hair and call it sindor.

Although it looks toxic because of its brightness, most kumkum comes from ground turmeric and by adding lime juice , it turns varying shades of red.

Sindor in the MIddle

Sindor in the MIddle

The woman in the center of this photograph has sindor in the part of her hair.

Sindor Sticker

Sindor Sticker

This woman has applied a sticker meant to replicate the kumkum powder. Maybe she prefers its ease of application.

 woman with Sindor

Woman with Sindor on the right

After some time, these customs that at first are exotic, become part of every day life in India. The kumkum man, however, continues to stands out but he takes no notice.





About ninagrandiose

I am based in NYC but travel regularly to India and Mexico. Both of these countries feel like home. In India I scour the country in search of fabulous textiles to incorporate into my clothing designs. I sit back and let the ambiance and wonder of India seep into my consciousness so I can be inspired to write about what India is for me. I bring a limited number of people to India on exclusive and intimate tours of my favorite hangouts. In Mexico I take in the natural beauty that surrounds me and dance the night away. I constantly give thanks for all this and am pleased to share it all with you.
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One Response to Kumkum in India

  1. I enjoyed reading this post. I have many times seen the intense colours but never knew anything about kumkum. 🙂

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