Quick Postcard from Kanha – Fruits for Sindoor (Vermilion)

3 Jul

Visiting any new place is like a tour down an unknown lane of discovery, discoveries both big and small. My latest discovery was this local sindoor or vermilion that we saw in Madhya Pradesh. Sindoor is an integral part of the Indian culture and I have always seen my mom wear it. But for me sindoor was red powder in a box that always around. I never thought of how it was made or where it came from. Until recently when I saw this tree in Kanha that was used to make sindoor by the local tribal women. 


The Flowers and the Fruit used to make sindoor

Modern sindoor is made from vermilion, an orange-red pigment that is the powdered form of a mineral called, cinnabar. But the tribals in this area just take the fruit of this tree, crush it and use the powder as sindoor. Though I havent been able to get anyone to identify this tree or the flower, but this fruit closely resembles the seeds from a saffron plant.

The fruit

The sindoor fruit

Can anyone here help me identify this tree or the fruit?

7 Responses to “Quick Postcard from Kanha – Fruits for Sindoor (Vermilion)”

  1. imageoftheheart July 4, 2014 at 20:05 #



  2. Ishrath July 7, 2014 at 13:43 #

    You educated me about sindoor today…. never gave it a thought where this powder came from. Wow~!


  3. Vedic Astrologer Vijay Goel July 15, 2016 at 11:50 #


    here details of tree is given of sindure fruits.


    • getsetandgo July 16, 2016 at 22:23 #

      Hey, this is fantastic information… Thanks for sharing 🙂


    • Mayank Sharma December 31, 2018 at 15:59 #

      Can you let me know from where i can buy this ?


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