Is a bindi culturally or religiously why
Why do Indian women wear a red dot on their foreheads?
The red point on the forehead that is often seen on Indian women is called a bindi. It is traditionally the symbol of married women.
Bindi means drop or point in the Hindi language and in Sanskrit. Such a point is painted in the middle of the forehead between the eyebrows or stuck on as jewelry. It is the symbol of the married woman and is supposed to protect the woman and also her husband. Traditionally the bindi is painted on with red powder paint. Married Hindu women never go without a bindi.
Today, however, unmarried women and even small children sometimes wear bindis. But with them it is only jewelry. They mostly use bindis that can be glued on. Also the color does not have to be red and the bindi can show different patterns or be adorned with pearls or stones. So today it is also simply a decorative element.
What is the tilaka?
Originally the bindi is the feminine form of the tilaka. Tilaka means sign or mark. Colloquially it is sometimes called tika. The tilaka is a Hindu sign of blessing that is painted on the forehead. The place on the forehead is considered to be the "third eye", where a lot of energy flows.
The Tilaka is used to bless men, women and children. The tilaka is also dabbed on the forehead with dyes during solemn ceremonies. The tilaka can be a point, but also a rather elongated line. The colors are mostly red or yellow. Sindur, a red colored cosmetic powder, is used for red. Turmeric, a yellow root from which the spice of the same name is obtained, is used for yellow. Sometimes black is also used. For this you use a mixture of soot and butter or ash.
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