Beauty & the Bindi 27

“A woman’s beauty is multiplied 1,000 times when she wears a bindi”- Indian proverb

It goes without saying, English life and Indian life are further than just their distance.. Different languages, cuisines, fashion, climate- just to name some of the obvious ones. One of the differences for me is that in India, I wear a bindi. When you see a woman wearing one, it immediately catches your eye. A beautiful mark in-between the eyebrows. In Nagpur it is rare to see a women without one.

My mother-in-law applied the red paste to my forehead head for the first time the day after I arrived in India. It does take some getting used to, I have unknowingly smeared it across my forehead a couple of times by touching my face or changed my clothes and forgetting its there. Hopefully with practice I will have fewer little bindi ‘accidents’. My grandmother-in-law was concerned that I wouldn’t wear a bindi, being English. However, I was really excited to wear one after finding out the meaning of this tradition.

The tradition of wearing a bindi dates back over 5,000 years. This is evident from ancient temples where you can see the statues of Goddesses are adorned with a bindi. The word is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘bindu’, or drop, and suggests the mystic third eye (ajna) chakra. Wearing a bindi is a way to strengthen and retain the energy in the third eye chakra. This red dot on the forehead is a reminder to be conscious your spirituality when you catch a glimpse of it in a mirror. The bindi has various cultural significance depending on where you are in India and you can see them in all shapes, colours and sizes.

On top of all of this, the bindi is a sign of beauty and I feel much more beautiful whilst wearing one. I think there is definitely some truth in that Indian proverb!

About Lauren Mokasdar

Lauren fell in love on the internet, took a one way flight from England, got married & started a new life & bicultural family in India. She writes about finding happiness & balance between two very different worlds, when her baby takes a nap.

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