The maang tikka is typically an Indian hair adornment, placed on the bride's hairline with a drop pendant that gracefully sits on the center of her forehead. The maang tikka apart from being an essential bridal ornament has deep rooted significance. Read this blog to understand the true meaning and essence of the maang tikka and learn how this jewelry has become a fashion statement among women today.
The maang tikka consists of a chain with a pendant in the front and a hook at the other end. The hook is used for holding the tikka at the hair end, while the pendant embellishes the center of the woman’s 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. But 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. The tikka can be worn in many different styles to bring out the perfect look.
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Now, let’s understand the true meaning and essence of the maang tikka and why it is culturally adorned by Indian brides-
According to Indian culture, the maang tikka gives the bride power, will and wisdom to handle her new journey in life. The maang tikka is also adorned on the bride to protect her from evil eye and any negative energy.
But most essentially the maang tikka signifies union between the bride and the groom. The tikka is placed at the center of the forehead. According to Indian culture, the center of the forehead is believed to be the residing place for the Ajna Chakra- a spot on the woman’s forehead which is the seat of preservation. Traditionally, the chakra is visualized to have two petals where the half-male and half-female androgynous deity Ardhanarishvara resides, this signifies the holy union of male and female, on a spiritual, physical and emotional level.
Apart from all the religious and cultural significance, maang tikka is used for accessorizing our ethnic look and beauty. This gorgeous Indian hair accessory, has earned its rightful place in the fashion world, and has become an extremely coveted wardrobe essential for not just the Indian bride, but for women globally.