Bindi. Small gem or dot worn by Indian women in the center of the forehead , above the bridge of the nose . This Indian tradition has been used for hundreds of years. Although once filled with religious significance, modern bindis are more about style than spirituality and come in a wide variety of shapes and colors.
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- 1 Other names
- 2 Origins
- 3 Religious significance
- 4 Collection and use
- 5 Sources
Depending on the places where it is used it changes its name. In some places it is called Bindi. In Marathi it is called Tikli, in Bengali Teep, in Gujarati Chandlo, in Tamil it is called Pottu, in Telugu it is called Bottu or Tilakam.
Rooted in Hinduism, the word “bindi” comes from “bindu”, the Sanskrit term for “point”. Traditionally, bindis were made of bright vermilion red powder and were distributed to believers in Hindu temples. Connected to the goddess Parvati , it was used to refer to feminine energy and to grant protection to users and their families. Traditionally, they also symbolized marriage but are now a secular fashion accessory and are also worn by single women.
As a symbol of a third eye , it represents perception and the ability to take control over desire and various other elements within the body . Aligned with the ajna chakra, they also indicate the ability to see the future , control emotions, and unite masculine and feminine energies. The ajna chakra also creates harmony between positive and negative emotions and balances the lunar and solar elements of the body, helping the user to achieve neutrality between the conflicting potencies.
Collection and use
This point can also be brown in color and is obtained from different elements such as turmeric , saffron or sandalwood among others. This custom extends to the edge of the forehead, which by tracing a line of vermilion (sindoor red powder), means that the woman is married and committed to that man for the purpose of her life . When you become widowed point changes color black and must wear combined with Sari color white .