Gopuram kumkum is one of the only 100% pure and natural kumkum products available today, made from all natural ingredients such as turmeric and lemon. Today most factory produced kumkum is made from artificial ingredients, such as powdered lead, which can be deadly if used over time. The heavy metals used in artificial kumkum can enter your body and cause serious health problems. If you use it on your forhead, the powdered lead can cause serious skin problems and balding. Please always use 100% natural kumkum, made traditionally from simple plants such as turmeric and lemon. We recommend Gopuram brand, as it is the only brand we have found to be made from 100% pure ingredients. A simple test to check the purity of kumkum is to smear a bit of it across the palm of your hand with your finger. Pure kumkum will reveal the bright yellow color of turmeric, whereas artificial kumkum remains red color. The tiny grains of pure kumkum are only red on the outer surface, but inside they are the yellow of turmeric powder. When you pinch and smear the grains, the yellow color will show through the red.
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.
Kumkum, which is made from the turmeric powder is an auspicious symbol. Kumkum 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.
(500 grams of Gopuram 100% Pure and Natural Kumkum.)