Little dot on the forehead- “Bindi”

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Indian women probably have some of the most exotic accessories to enhance their physical presentation. One of the most prominent is the Bindi, which is probably the first thing anyone notices on an Indian woman’s face. This post elaborates on everything you want to know about the Bindi

  • Bindi is a basically a very auspicious mark worn by Indian women. The name has been taken from a Sanskrit word ‘Bindu’ which means dot or point and is mostly red in colour and is worn between the eyebrows on the forehead.
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  • Purpose of applying— Bindi is applied on Ajna Chakra (The Third Eye) which is considered to be a sight of higher spirituality (mind’s eye) and it can let one see the world through a broader perspective ( Universe as a whole).
  • Red bindi symbolizes that the women is married so widows generally do not wear bindi.
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  • Black bindi has a different significance, in young girls it is believed to protect them from the evil eye whereas in Southern India widows wear it as a symbol of loss.
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  • Tilak is also a sort of bindi worn while performing religious ceremonies.
  • In Hinduism, the bindi holds a spiritual value and purpose . The spiritual thought behind that is to seek the blessings of God after the morning prayer and the purpose to put that on the forehead is to remind you about the purpose of the activities that a person will be performing throughout the day. One can call it a purpose of self realization.
  • In the Hindu culture, all the four castes were supposed to follow this tradition of wearing bindi but with a little difference in the coloursbindi
  • Brahmins(priests) – white sandalwood tilak
  • Kshatriyas(Administrators/Kings) –Red tilak
  • Vaishyas(Businessmen) – Yellow tilak
  • Shudras(Service class) ­– Black tilak

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