Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Siddha Kumkum or Puja Roli

Kumkum or Puja Roli
Siddha Kumkum or Pooja Roli
Beneficial for Siddha Kumkum or Pooja Roli... puja and sadhana
This Kumkum or Pooja Roli is charged by Ganesha mantra. Kumkum is a red powder prepared from turmeric and lemon-juice. It is applied on over the space between the eyebrows. It helps its wearer, in remaining calm & patient.
The traditional Kumkum or Kungumam (in Tamil Nadu) is made from dried turmeric. The turmeric is dried and powdered with a lime/lemon giving the rich red colored Kumkum or Roli. Kumkum is used as a "Tilak" for Hindu Gods and also by Hindu males. Siddha Kumkum or Pooja Roli, which is made from the turmeric powder is an auspicious symbol. Siddha Kumkum or Pooja Roli is applied to the forehead of a visiting girl or married woman as a sign of blessing and respect. However, it is not offered to widows. Men wear the mystic central kumkum dot as a mark of spiritual intelligence and also during religious ceremonies. In the ancient Puranas like "Lalitha Sahasranamam" and "Soundarya Lahari", the practice of using Siddha Kumkum or Pooja Roli on the forehead has been mentioned. Legends talk about Radha turning her kumkum into a flame like design. According to ancient beliefs, the sixth chakra called "Agna" is present in the area between the eyebrows. This chakra is said to be the seat of concealed wisdom, command and concentration. During meditation, the latent energy ("Kundalini") rises from the base of the spine towards the head. This "Agna Chakra" is the probable outlet for this strong energy. The red kumkum between the eyebrows is said to retain energy in the human body and control the various levels of concentration. Siddha Kumkum or Pooja Roli represents intellect and is a symbol of auspiciousness and happiness in the family. It also denotes "Soubhagya" (good fortune) when used by Indian women denoting that their husbands are alive. A widow never wears kumkum. Kumkum is also not worn during mourning.