Red spot Indian women wear on their forehead

Red spot Indian women wear on their forehead.

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A friend from Canada asked what is the meaning of red spot (Bindi) indian women wear on their forehead.

Traditionally, the bindi is worn on the forehead of married Hindu women. It symbolizes female energy and is believed to protect women and their husbands. Bindis are traditionally a simple mark made with the paste of coloured sandalwood, sindoor or turmeric. The bindi is most commonly a red dot made with vermilion.

In addition, the bindi is a way of accentuating the third eye, the area between the eyebrows where attention is focused during meditation.

 Now a days we get stickers of  all colours, sizes and shapes, very fancy ones also. Traditionaly it used to be red colour. It is used by married women to distinguish them from unmarried ones. We in India use other things also to indicate that this woman is married eg toe rings, anklets, glass bangles. In south India married women always wear flowers in their hair.
All these things have scientific reason also..
According to our yoga science there are seven energy centers in the body…the lowest one above the anus is called Mooladhar Chakra…it is the center  of brutal strength and sex.
Above it below the navel is the Swadishthan chakra its the center of learning
Just above the navel is the manipur  chakra its the seat of wisdom and emotion
The heart center is called Anahat chakra its the seat of love and compassion.
In the throat is the Vishudha chakra its the center of communication.
Behind the eyebrows in the forehead is the Agya chakra and its the center of power over the universe.
above the crown head is the Sahastradhara chakra or the thousand petals lotus which denotes self realisation.
The kundalini or the energy lies below the mooladhar chakra in the form of coiled serpent when we practice yogic life it starts rising and as it croses the seven energy centers it gives power and virtues, when it reaches the last center above the crown head the person becomes self realised and is established in self…now there is nothing to be known..he is like divine himself….
The bindi we put on the agya chakra it draws vibrations of power from the universe and gives virtue and power to the woman to run her household with patience, love, understanding, forgiveness….It also denotes the energy and tej (nearest meaning is brightness) of the sun.
Because we believe that Grahastha ashram (householder stage) is the greatest ashram where man and women enter wedlock to beget children, raise them to responsible citizens, also look after old parents and serve the society and unpriviledged, give charity for the poor and also the monks…The duties are greatest at this stage of life so the woman stands like pillar of strength with the husband and gives him power and cooperation to face everything…for this she draws energy from her innerself and the universe…hence the red spot..
The bangles, anklets and toe rings have accupressure purpose, they press certain nerves in that area which keeps the reproductive system healthy and in balance..
In Indian culture women are given great respect, they are the embodiment of shakti (power)…they are equal and greater than man…a man goes out and earns while the wife handles home, children, looks after elders and manages the finances sensibly…she gives purpose to any house hold and is the backbone of the family…
I hope I have been able to explain it…if you want to ask anything you are most welcome…wishing you all the best..


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13 Responses to Red spot Indian women wear on their forehead

  1. Hope says:

    what a very informative post.. thank you for posting this..
    I am so sorry that you haven\’t been able to access Essence.. a lot haven\’t been able to.. not to sure just the reason.. hopefully it will be fixed soon.. I have the same problem on a lot of spaces as well..
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  2. Rama says:

    You have explained everything so correctly.It will definitely help people who are not aware of our culture to understand it, and appriciate it. Love Rama.  

  3. Minty's mamma says:

    Dear Renuka,
    Thanks for visiting my page and leaving your comments! Rama visits my page as well and I appreciate her comments as well. I had actually sent you an invite to be a \’friend\’ a long time back but didn\’t hear from you.
    Liked your write-up… very informative. Isn\’t it interesting that the bindi has been adopted by the West to a big extent? Yes, only as a fashion statement and by the rock chicks maybe!
    Take care and hope all goes well at your front. Would love to keep seeing comments from you in my blogs!
    Best wishes,

  4. Rob says:

    Hi thanks for the comment. I found your most recent post fascinating & revealing. I started my space to learn & I\’ve certainly done that today!  

  5. Isabel says:

    Hello Renuka!
    Thanks for your visit!!
    It is the first year I am not going to India…and that teaching of yours on on Bindis made me live some feelings!
    My sanskrit name is Kamala 😉  one day I will show you some pics of me in India!
    I wish you a great weekend ahead, hugs from ISA

  6. deepu says:

    Certainly Rens…i have always been fascinated by this one that you people wear..nice to more about it here… 

  7. dayal gangadharan says:

    really the younger generation
    women should know the science behind
    our tradition because our ancestors masters
    in the science thats why all the tradition we
    do have a scientific meaning in it. 

  8. dayal gangadharan says:

    really the young women should knew all these traditional values
    they are not made just like that every tradition has a scientific reason behind it
    because all our ancestors are masters in science than we all at now.

  9. Billy says:

    Hello there!
    Aha! I learned something here today. Thanks for sharing.

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