The bindi is an enigmatic symbol of Indian culture that has captured the curiosity, imaginations and fashion industry all over the world. At first glance, it may seem like a simple accessory worn by women on their foreheads; but its significance goes far beyond being just another piece of jewelry or fashion statement. So buckle up because we're going to transform you into an expert in everything bindi in no time!
The Origins of Bindi
The word "bindi" comes from Sanskrit word "Bindu" which means drop or point. It is believed to have originated around 5000 years ago in India during the Vedic period and was initially used as a symbol of marriage for Hindu women. Over time, it became associated with different meanings depending on the various regions and religions within India.
Different Types of Bindis
There are various types available currently: - Traditional Red Dot - Sticker Dots - Designer Bindis - Crystal/Beaded/Stone-Studded - Loom/Self-adhesive/Adorable Baby-Pink Dots (yes! you read that right)
Each type has its own charm and meaning.
Symbolism behind Bindis
In Hinduism, it represents the third eye -the 'ajna chakra'- which denotes intuition, concentration & inner contemplation.^1 Worn here improves abstractions, focus and spiritual consiousness.
It’s been widely followed amongst many Indian communities– Irrespective whether they follow their religion inclusively - Hindus predominantly wear this solmen mark/blessings showing gratitude towards Lord Shiva / embellishing femininity&grace.^2 Binding us together regardless of cultural diversity – Inclusiveness creating more resonance thus inciting tolerance among people/societie'
Wearing a bindi has also been believed to ward off evil spirits, provide protection and enhance confidence while making the woman more attractive. Red is considered an auspicious colour in Hinduism since Lord Shiva wears it too.^3 You could even say because red rhymes with 'bed' and we shouldn't be sleeping on safety.
Ancient Ayurvedic medicine talks about pressing point that controls concentration near eyebrows^4 – ‘Trikuti’. The Bindi placed at this spot enhances function of brain/self assurance -letting know they are performing things way better than what somebody else perceive's-
Bindi: Fashion Statement?
The Indian beauty industry has seeped into mainstream culture hence evolving into an entirely different form over time – wear your heart out & your best outfit regardless of occasion/accessorize up for work so you don't go blank during meetings xD-. Bindis are not limited to being worn by age-old Indian aunties anymore; rather, the glamour world embraced them as a trendy accessory.^5 Many celebrities have displayed their love for these elaborate circular /flower-shaped pieces including Madonna, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez etc., thus allowing the trend to cross borders!
Different types of Bindis
Some popular styles include: 1. Stone studded 2. Crystal encrusted 3. Traditional round dot 4. Embellished trends-asymmetrical shapes,tassel chains, elongated vertically along hairline-to-nape.
"The possibilities are unlimited!"
Where To Buy Them From
It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy! These can easily be bought from various online retailers such or e-commerce sites like Amazon, Etsy etc., boutiques across India/town -and guess what? They’re surprisingly affordable too!
Ultimately, its significance goes beyond superficial beauty standards – serving as representation of culture passed down from generations-the significance we carry into the future- showcasing pride in our country of origin & preserving traditional values/tracing roots.-strengthening bonds between past, present and future.
So there it is folks –everything you need to know about Bindi in a nutshell! Catch you till next time.Fingers_crossed!
- 'The Spiritual Signficance of Bindi' -The Times Of India
- 'Why Indian Women Wear Bindis' - NDTV Food
- ‘Red...Powerful and Positive’- CNN
- ‘Secrets Behind Wearing A Bindi’ - ZeeNews.com