Haldi(Arshina) and Kumkum are the two auspicious items used in our daily pujas, festivals and weddings. They are a part and parcel of most of the rituals conducted during worship . The combination of Haldi Kumkum denotes prosperity.They are symbols of feminity and devotion.
Significance of Haldi Kumkum
- Haldi or Turmeric is considered a natural antiseptic which removes negative
- Kumkum is normally made from Haldi by mixing it with slaked lime to give a red colour and this colour is supposed to remove evil effects
- Both Haldi Kumkum have positive energies in them which make them a must in all pujas.
- In ladies , they are considered as symbols of her marital
- Haldi and Kumkum are religiously very significant and provide health benefits
- Haldi is also a natural cleanser and is considered to be a purifier.
Usage of Haldi Kumkum
- Daily Pujas and Rituals
Haldi Kumkum is a primary item in all daily pujas and rituals. Nithya puja to Ganesha, Gowri and Lakshmi is done by applying haldi kumkum to these deities. Also Haldi kumkum is applied to the doorstep or hosilu in all households which is considered auspicious.
Offering Haldi kumkum to the deities is a part of Shodashaupachara puja in all festivals. Also in Gowri puja festival, haldi is used to make the gowri,called Arshina Gowri. Arshina Gowri is normally worshipped.
Kumkumarchane is conducted in Devi temples on a regular basis. Also during festivals,ladies perform the kumkumarchane to the goddess.
Also in all festivals and functions , married ladies are invited for Thamboolam.They are offered haldi kumkum and other mangala dravya. This is supposed to be very sacred and a significant ritual. It bestows long life and prosperity to the entire family.
Haridrancha daaridra hare, kumkumancha Madhwa priye, sukumdehi, sukumnaasti Bhagirathi namahstute. Ithi Sri Haridra stotra sampoornam.
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Haldi ceremony is an important function in weddings. Haldi paste is applied to the groom and bride in specific ceremonies held before the marriage rituals start.. This is supposed to ward off evils and cleanse the skin .Haldi is known to add radiance to the skin so that the bride and groom look glowing on their wedding day. Haldi kumkum is also applied by the groom to the bride during the wedding ceremonies which symbolizes her marital state.
Even wedding invitations are smeared with haldi kumkum paste which is considered auspicious.
Akshatha which is whole grained rice is normally prepared by mixing rice with haldi and kumkum. Akshatha is used in puja rituals. They are considered to attract strong vibrations from the primary deities and are offered as apart of Shodashaupachara puja.
Akshatha is also used to bless the bride and groom during weddings,normally thrown on their heads by the people present.
Haldi kumkum is offered to the ladies present in weddings. To add a dash of creativity ,haldi kumkum is offered in various decorative shapes during weddings.