Kumkum is the form of Shakti, Applying it brings purity to our body. Human life is considered to be sacred, after being born as many creatures we get human body. Our body is comprised of different parts and each part is worshipped with certain god. Similarly our forehead is considered as brahmasthan worshipped with Lord Brahma. As red color is used to Worship Lord Brahma, it should be covered with tilak which is red in color i.e Kumkum
Sun rays should not touch forehead. Our life form is secretly stored in the middle of the body where Anahata chakra is located (near heart).
If we apply kumkum with ring finger, it is considered to be peace, if we use middle finger then it increases life and if we apply with tongue, it resembles power. If we use forefinger then we attain spiritual empowerment. Also based on yoga and acupuncture when we press on our forehead while applying kumkum, it activates chakra related to knowledge and also increase flow of blood to face muscles. In other words we worship lord Brahma who is god of knowledge by applying his favorite color red i.e Kumkum.
In ancient days kumkum is prepared from turmeric powder, after making powder they used to add ink and turn it to red. Therefore application of kumkum helps in killing bacteria. Instead of applying modern gum made stickers which are made with artificial chemicals and paper it is good to use kumkum. Always applying kumkum at one place where Adnya chakra is located will increase flow of positive energy by awakening atmashakti (soul-energy) and she gets protected from negative energies. That’s why we consider Kumkum with Shakti in sanatana Hindu Culture.
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