The Significance of the Maang Tikka in Indian Traditions
In India, bridal jewellery has a deep rooted significance. Indian brides are showered with beautifully crafted pieces of jewellery, which they wear on their wedding day and then treasure for the rest of their lives. On the momentous occasion of a wedding only precious metals, diamonds and gemstones will do. Each piece of jewellery is chosen with great care and worn with pride by the blushing bride.
The maang tikka is a typically Indian hair adornment, placed on the bride’s hairline with a drop pendant that gracefully sits on her forehead. Traditionally, an Indian woman wore a maang tikka for the first time on her wedding day. It is an essential element of the solah shringaar, or the sixteen traditional bridal adornments. It is said that the pendant of the maang tikka sits on the agya chakra; a spot on the woman’s forehead which is the seat of preservation. It signifies the holy union of male and female, on a spiritual, physical and emotional level.
Today women not only in India, but across the world wear the maang tikka as a fashion statement, with traditional Indian attire and sometimes even with western wear! This gorgeous Indian hair accessory, has captured the imagination of the fashion world, and has become an extremely coveted wardrobe essential.
Besides this, the Mangalsutra, or the Tanmaniya as it is also called is an essential part of the brides ornaments.
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