Bindi is a symbol of tradition and style. It adds grace and charm to your overall personality. Bindi is easy to wear and comes in various designs, shapes, sizes and colors. Bindis are not only popular in India, but also internationally. Many Hollywood celebrities such as Madonna, Selena Gomez, Julia Roberts and many others have been spotted wearing this Indian fashion accessory.
The word ‘Bindi’ essentially comes from the Sanskrit word Bindu, which means a tiny drop or a dot. Bindi is a dot which is worn as a decoration between the eyebrows or in the centre of the forehead. It is red in color, but other color variations are also available. It is hugely popular in South Asia and South-East Asia.
History Behind Bindi:
The bindi was used in medieval times as well. In earlier times, wearing Bindi or Tika was known as Visesakachhedya. It was done by using leaves of different shapes and then painting the forehead with them. The other names for these bindi using leaves were Patrachhedya, Patralekha or Patrabhanga. Bindi was also used as a way to worship one’s intellect. So, it was worn by both men and women. It was also a part of the wedding ceremony where the groom applied a drop of his blood between his brides’ eyes to secure their wedding.
Purpose of Wearing a Bindi:
The bindi is worn at the centre of the forehead and between the eyebrows. That is the place known for the hidden wisdom. It is also the place for the third eye. It is believed that the bindi can hold on to strength and energy of the wearer. There are various beliefs and myths surrounding the red coloured bindi. Some say red represents strength or power while others believe that the color red symbolizes love and so on. It also symbolizes the marital status of a woman. It symbolizes power and energy. It is believed to protect a woman and her husband. It can be worn by women of different religion. However, according to the Islamic religion, tradition of wearing a bindi is not permitted. It resembles Hindu tradition or symbols. Bindi is also worn as a fashion symbol. Instead of using the traditional red dot, different varieties of dots or forms are used as bindi.
Modern Use of Bindi:
The use of bindi today has seen a significant change. It is now worn by people across the globe. It is no longer limited to age, marital status, religion and gender. It has now become a prominent fashion statement. So, it now comes in various colors, shapes and designs. The most convenient bindi available are sticker bindis. These are readymade bindis, which have gum and just need to be stuck to the forehead. The decorations on the bindi are done using beads, stones, glitters, pearls, sequins etc. The popularity of bindi is now widespread. It is no longer confined to South Asia. International figures like Selena Gomez, Madonna are using bindi as a fashion statement. The use of bindi is no longer limited to forehead. It can now be worn in different ways in different body parts. It can also be worn as a Tattoo.