Wearing Kumkuma (vermilion) on the forehead symbolises prosperity and brings Sri lakshmi blessings . Made as per Sastraic requirements for preparing kumkuma by mixing right proportions of turmeric and other natural substances in right proportions to produce the dark red colour and mixed with the natural extract of thazhampoo (Pine flower) essence, to bring out the rich aroma. Thazampoo in any form is associated with Sri Lakshmi and the aroma brings the fortune and Lakshmi Kataksha. Performing Archana to the female deities - Sri Lakshmi, Sri Durga and Sri Saraswathi brings blessings in abundance. Sharing Kumkuma to sumangalis, sukanyas during Navaratri and during auspicious occasions is a tradition.