Beauty & the Bindi

“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.

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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!

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27 thoughts on “Beauty & the Bindi

  1. Yes, a bindi is very important part of Indian culture. I am happy to see they way u r accommodating your self well. You look good in Indian avatar!!!

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  2. I get the spooks reading this because as a teenager I started talking about the third eye. And I don’t know if you are familiar with the Japanese healing art of Reiki but when I received my first Reiki treatment I felt like a plug popped out of my third eye. It is very spiritual. It is called the “Kutashka center” by Paramahansa Yogananda if you have heard if him– see “Autobiography of a Yogi.”. You should read it.
    You look beautiful with your Bindi. My mother had a beauty mark there so looked like she had a Bindi. Blessings to you and your husband!!

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    • I have had a lot of Reiki healing myself! That is so interesting you felt like that!! I too have had such experiences whilst having Reiki… I see colours and lights. Wonderful.

      I am definitely going to check out that book! Thank you so much. Lots of blessings and love xxx

      P.S, I am sure that is auspicous to have a beauty mark there 😀 x

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  4. Here in Blighty, my forehead is always adorned with a pottu (Tamil for bindi). Inwardly it brings me strength, and outwardly its beauty symbolises my Hindu faith. As I’m single, my pottu is black, but I hope for the auspicious day when marriage comes, and I can wear a red pottu.
    Wishing you a Happy Holi.

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  5. Aahhh…..
    Dis blog is so damn addictive… 😀
    Hope u r enjoying ur indian life :p though totally diffrent… but love needs sacrifices 🙂
    Tc

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