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Traditional Beauty Treatment

Kumkum (Kungumam)

Kungumam is a powder, usually deep red (other colours, shades of red are also available), which is applied on the forehead. Men also apply kumkum on the forehead, but this mark has a special significance on a woman. Kumkum applied in the hair parting is an indication that she is married.

Kungumam is a mixture of slaked lime and turmeric. Turmeric is an antiseptic. It is believed that applying kumkum in the forehead (where the eyebrows meet)is effective, for this is a spot where nerve ends meet. Also, it is believed that kumkum in the forehead drives away evil spirits and forces.