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Traditional Indian Wedding Bindi
- At March 25, 2013
- By Nahid
- In Cultures & Traditions, Indian weddings, jewelery
One small but beautiful detail that most Indian brides share on their wedding day is a bindi, the red dot that adorns their forehead between their eyebrows. A bindi on the forehead is a sign of marriage, and this guarantees the social status and sanctity of the institution of marriage. As the Indian bride steps through the doors of her husband’s door with the red bindi on her forehead, the bindi is believed to bring prosperity. Why between the eyebrows? This area is the sixth chakra known as the seat of concealed wisdom. The bindi between the eyebrows is said to retain energy in the body and control many levels of concentration. It also symbolizes good fortune, which every bride wants on her wedding day! The traditional bindi is red or maroon, and is applied skillfully with fingertips to achieve the perfect dot. One Indian proverb says “A woman’s beauty is multiplied 1,000 times when she wears a bindi”- so true for all our beautiful Indian brides!
Image credits: Biyani Photography, The Indian Wedding Blog, Maharani Weddings, Tumblr, Maharani Weddings, Dolls of India
Thanks for using Minal’s Bindi photo and crediting Biyani Photography!