Why do we apply Sindoor to Lord Hanuman?


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We see in almost all Hanuman temples that the deity of Hanumanji is covered or coated with orange colour sindoor. What is the story associated with applying sindoor to Lord Hanuman and what is the importance of sindoor in Hanuman puja?

One day Sita mata was wearing a red powder in the parting of her hair. Curiously Hanuman asked mata, what was the red powder that she was wearing. Sita mata replied “Hanuman! This is sindoor. Sindoor makes Lord Rama happy and would bless him with a long and prosperous life.”

Listening to this Hanuman disappeared from the place. Hanuman came back with his body fully covered with red sindoor. He covered his entire body, even his clothes and hair with sindoor.

Lord Rama saw Hanuman covered with sindoor and asked the reason. Hanuman replied “Sita mata told me that by applying just a small pinch of sindoor on her head every day it will make you have a long and happy life. I thought if just a pinch will do so much, what will happen if I cover my entire body with sindoor.”

Thus, Lord Ram gave a boon to all his devotees that those who apply sindoor to Hanuman and observe hanuman puja with sindoor would be blessed with a long, happy life and have their wishes fulfilled.

For this reason sindoor is mixed in til (sesame) oil and applied to the entire body of Lord Hanuman. This is also called as Chola Chandana. People take back a little sindoor from Lord Hanuman as prasada and wear it on their foreheads.

11 comments on "Why do we apply Sindoor to Lord Hanuman?"

  1. ch v rama mohana rao says:

    this story also does not appears in orignal ramayana written by rishis, during janapada stories and dramas and playlets people incorporated the sindhur topic, but it is true lord hanuman likes sindhur, i also wear sindhur when every visit hanuman temple, it removes nara ghosha , dristi dosha

  2. Col Prashant Kr Biswas says:

    Dear Indiadivine.org.
    1.It heartening to learn that u are doing a marvelous job for creating awareness among the clientele.
    2.Please let me know the correct birth details of Lord Hanuman including lunar month ,thithi,bara, nakshtra,as it differs from scripture to scripture ;unlike our other deities which are crystal clear, naming a few like Sri Ramnavami,Sri Krishna Janmashtami,Bamana Dwadashasi,Nrisigha Charturdashi ,Sri Parshuram Jayanti etc etc.
    3.Please also provide supporting Vaidic data or Pauranik base
    With regards.
    Col P K Biswas

  3. Kartik says:

    than what is the true story Mr Ram a Mohana Rao as mentioned in Ramayana? It will be of great knowledge for me.
    thx in advance,
    Jai Shree Ram, Jai Bajrang Bali,
    Kartik

  4. A.H.Srinivas says:

    Such clarifications are good. It helps us to know more about our ‘Samskruti’.

  5. kusuma patro says:

    very informative, i was always curious about this, but the reason given is verily imaginative.however these days hindu women are shunning to wear sindoor…it is pitiable because world over a sindoor dot defined a hindu woman from others defining her Indian origin…the indian wheat color adds additional beauty to the already attractive indian origin women

  6. jshantharam says:

    Thanks for the information, unknown to me so far

  7. Dr.B S Rao says:

    Very Informative and valuable in this fast life.

  8. Rai says:

    Thank You for all the truthful knowledge you are providing…..also I would like to know about the HANUMATH RAMAYAN, I read somewhere that Shri Hanuman Ji wrote a Ramayan which was more beautiful than Valmiki Ramayan, but on coming to know that Valmiki Ji was upset that after reading HANUMATH RAMAYAN nobody will read his, Shri Hanumanji destroyed it saying that he did not write this to get fame or name it was only out of love for Shri Ram Ji that he wrote this Ramayan. Please provide some information on this – Thanks

  9. Dr Srinivas D says:

    Good information. Sindoor curiosity gets answered.

  10. b k b rao says:

    Who is Manu? What is his exact varna? Why some people disrespect , the oldest SANATHAN DHARMA GRANTH Manusmruti? I read some portion where the scripture never degraded any one?..

  11. om prakash verms says:

    jai jai hanuman gosain kirpa karo gurudeo ki nahi

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