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Sindoor or Sindooram is a traditional vermilion red or orange-red colored cosmetic powder from India, usually worn by married women along the parting of their hair. Use of sindoor denotes that a woman is married in Hindu communities, and ceasing to wear it usually implies widowhood.


Sindoor originally comes from sindoor tree and is mainly used for religious purpose, when worshiping deity status and also in many other Hindu festivals. The main component of modern traditional sindooram is usually turmeric. Commercial sindoor contains synthetic dyes and chemicals some of which not manufactured to proper standards may contain mercury and lead.

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