A Bindi is used by women and in Indian tradition Bindi play a significant role. Different colors 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 women wearing a bindi cannot be hypnotized. Bindis are used by the people all over the world. Let us see how bindi is referred 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 as Kumkum. In South, all girls would use bindi. Kumkum would be used by the women especially on special occasions. It is always related with Fridays. You can see Hindu Goddesses wearing bindi on their forehead. Tulsidas mentioned about the significance of bindi in ‘Ramcharitmanas’. In Ramayana Sita was wearing sindoor on her forehead. In Aryan culture Kumkum or Bindi represent blood and so it is used during marriage.
Bindi TO Improve Your Health
Pineal gland is present between eyebrows and it is an important nerve center. By placing bindi between eyebrows one can keep themselves relaxed. You can also use sandalwood and ash.
You may get relieved from headache by massaging the center point. On pressing the center point it would increase the blood flow to the nasal passage and relieve a blocked nose. It may be considered as a treatment for sinusitis. You need to press the center point if you are unable to sleep. Pressing few seconds will make you relaxed from mental stress.
Bindi is in the place of our third eye. Third eye is referred as Ajna Chakra. Bindi which is placed in third eye help us to reach higher level of spirituality. By using red color bindi one can retain the positive energy of the body.
Different Colors OF Bindi
Sandalwood bindi are used mostly by the Brahmin priest. Yellow tilak signifies prosperity. In ancient period red colored tilak was used by the warriors. Some people like to use black color bindi.
You can use bindi according to the color of your clothes. But red color bindi always attracts women.
Fashion Point Of View
From the point of view of fashion, bindi can be used as a fashion accessory. Bindi is preferred by the women to enhance beauty. Some would wear a tattoo in the place of bindi. To grab the attention of others they would use different shapes and colors.
You would see people wearing bindi when performing classical dance and it is also used in body art. Now bindi is made from sequins and crystals. During ancient period both men and women wore garlands and to complement this bindi was used. Most of the people believed that a woman with bindi receives more respect in the society.