Women use a Bindi, and in Indian tradition, Bindi plays a significant role. Different colours of bindi are available. You can also see men wearing Tilak during religious ceremonies. Married women wearing a bindi signify good fortune. It is believed that one cannot hypnotize women wearing a bindi. Bindis are used by people all over the world. Let us see how bindi is referred to in different parts of India.
Tilak in Hindi, Tikli in Marathi, Pottu in Tamil and Malayalam, Tilakam or Tilaka in Telugu and Kannada, Teep in Bengali, Tipa in Odiya, Chandlo in Gujarati, bindi in Punjab and Phot in Assam.
Historical Significance OF Bindi
The practice of using bindi is mentioned in Hindu Puranas. In South India, bindi is referred to as Kumkum. In the South, all girls would use bindi. Kumkum would be used by the women, especially on special occasions. You can see Hindu Goddesses wearing bindi on their forehead. Tulsidas mentioned the significance of bindi in ‘Ramcharitmanas’. In Ramayana, Sita wore sindoor on her forehead. In Aryan culture, Kumkum or Bindi represent the blood, which is used during the marriage.
Bindi TO Improve Your Health
The pineal gland is present between eyebrows, and it is an important nerve centre. By placing a bindi between eyebrows, one can keep themselves relaxed. You can also use sandalwood and ash.
One may be relieved from headaches by massaging the centre point. Pressing the centre point would increase the blood flow to the nasal passage and relieve a blocked nose. It is considered a treatment for sinusitis. You need to press the centre point if you are unable to sleep. Pressing and massaging the centre point for a few seconds will make you relaxed from mental stress.
Bindi is put in place of our third eye. The third eye is referred to as Ajna Chakra. Bindi, which is placed in the third eye, helps us reach a higher spirituality level. By using red colour bindi, one can retain the positive energy of the body.
Different Colors OF Bindi
Sandalwood bindi is used mostly by the Brahmin priest. Yellow tilak signifies prosperity. In the ancient period, red-coloured tilak was used by the warriors. Some people also like to use black colour bindi.
You can use bindi according to the colour of your clothes. But red colour bindi is always considered attractive.
Fashion Point Of View
From the point of view of fashion, bindi can be used as a fashion accessory. Women prefer bindi to enhance beauty. Some would wear a tattoo in the place of the bindi. To grab the attention of others, they would use different shapes and colours.
You would see people wearing bindi when performing a classical dance, and it is also used in body art. Now bindi is made from sequins and crystals. During the ancient period, both men and women wore garlands, and to complement this, and bindi was used. Most people believed that a woman with a bindi receives more respect in society.