Friday, January 22, 2021

Bindi

Bindi  

The mark is known as a bindi. And it's a Hindu tradition that dates to the third and fourth centuries. The bindi is traditionally worn by women for religious purposes or to indicate that they're married. But today the bindi has also become popular among women of all ages, as a beauty mark.

Traditionally, the area between the eyebrows (where the bindi is placed) is said to be the sixth chakra, ajna, the seat of "concealed wisdom". The bindi is said to retain energy and strengthen concentration. The bindi also represents the third eye. 

Black color was used to denote service class. These four Varna used four different colors of Bindis/Tilak, in earlier times. When it comes to women, they usually wore a Red Kumkum Bindi, if they are married. An unmarried girl usually wore no Bindi, but if she does, she used a black one.

In South Asia, bindis have a rich, complex history. Traditionally, married Hindu women have worn it to proclaim their marital status. According to Hindu beliefs, the forehead is considered the third eye and it keeps bad luck away. In Yoga, it's a central focus point for meditation.



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