Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Haldi Mean?

Haldi is a sacred spice used on the Indian subcontinent in cooking, in medicine and in rituals; most notably the haldi ceremony usually held a day or two before a wedding. In different regions of India, it is known by different names and is best known in the Western world as turmeric.

A yellow powdery spice, haldi is a staple in Indian cooking, often added to curries. It is an ingredient in golden milk (haldi ka doodh in Hindi), a warm beverage that's also used as a healing elixir.


Yogapedia Explains Haldi

In the traditional Indian medicine system of Ayurveda, haldi is used as a treatment for a variety of conditions and is valued for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and bacteria-fighting properties. It may be consumed or applied externally as a paste.

As part of the Hindu wedding celebration, the haldi ceremony is believed to remove evil and is a way to offer blessings to the couple. A paste made of the spice is applied to the bride's and groom's bodies at their separate homes as a purification rite. The couple then stays at their respective homes until the wedding.

During These Times of Stress and Uncertainty Your Doshas May Be Unbalanced.

To help you bring attention to your doshas and to identify what your predominant dosha is, we created the following quiz.

Try not to stress over every question, but simply answer based off your intuition. After all, you know yourself better than anyone else.

Related Question
What is turmeric?

Share This Term

  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter

Related Reading

Trending Articles

Go back to top