In recent days a high court verdict has come into the limelight which was regarding a divorce case. Divorce cases are very usual for a family court or, even to a High Court; so what is the big reason here? The Guwahati High Court has granted divorce to a man in Assam after observing that his wife’s refusal to wear the ritualistic Sakha (a bangle made of a conch shell) & sindoor (vermilion) signified her disregard for marriage.
According to Hindu mythology Sindoor signifies energy. It is presumed since days long that red is the colour of extremes, the colour of passionate love, seduction, symbolise creation of a new. Indian Hindu women traditionally do wear sindoor for the wellbeing of their husband.
Ancient saint Patanjali was the inventor of Yoga & he pointed out about ‘Kula-Kundalini’ power. To ignite that power one have to pass through Satha- Chakra (Six Cycles Point) already present in the human body. These six points of Chakra’s are in anus (muladhar-chakra) – genital/ vagina (sadishthan-chakra) – belly (manipur-chakra) – heart (anahoto-chakra)- neck (visudhdha-chakra) – forehead (gyan-chakra). Through these six chakra’s one have to reach Sahasra Padma (thousand lotus) – chakra in brain. It is an upward movement process. Every chakra is dedicated & symbolizes to a God; Lord Bramha resides in Sahasra Padma-chakra. Devi Laxmi resides in the prefrontal cortex area of a woman. Hence, to offer respect & show devotion to Devi Laxmi & Lord Bhamha, this sindoor wearing had been advised in our Sastras.
From Archaeological angle, it was just the signature of win of land & women for the Nordic –Arians. The conquerors mark the women of the conquered clan by hitting on their forehead to shed blood & put iron cuffs into their hands. Red sindoor & iron bangle of married hindu women is the adapted, refined form of that.
The Apex court didn’t overrule the High Court’s judgement as there were more issues & points in that divorce case, but the point is that, a Hindu married woman will wear sindoor, sakha, mangal-sutra or other traditional things, should be absolutely her choice. Not wearing all these does not signify she is unwilling to accept her marriage. In 1955 Hindu Marriage Act, one can marry all rituals traditionally but in further life, she has to carry all those, is not abide by the law, rather society. Hence the choice comes. A woman can be considered modern & dignified with or, without all marriage signs, as modernization lies in an individual’s way of thinking, not the way of looking.