BINDI : The Shinning Star

Add a zero to the figure 1 and its value will increase 10 times. Likewise, place a bindi on your forehead after make-up and the charm of the face will enhance 10 times. Bindi is a symbol, not only of beauty is an indication of a married woman. A married Hindu woman uses various symbols – sindur, bangles, mangal sutra, bichhuye on the toes andt alta on the feet. Likewise,  symbol of good luck and purity. It has found its way in folk-literature, poetry, sculpture and other forms of arts and literature.

Inancient times bhasm or chandan were used on the forehead by men. Women decorated the forehead with a red dot symbolic of good luck like the rising Sun. They used materials varying from roli, kumkum, sindur. Today, are available in different colours to match your make-up and dress. Although, traditionally only a round dot is permissible, these days the bindis are available in many shapes, some of them being religious symbols like trident, conch, star,lamp and so on. Today even unmarried women.
The colour of your dress and the shape of your face should determine the shape, size and colour of the bindi you choose. Some popular motifs available are — round, long, oblong, triangular, crescent moon, a round  with small dots surrounding it, etc. You are the best judge to decide what suits you. Some tips are, however, given here. A small forehead appears large with an oblong . A broad forehead looks good with a round bindi. On a fair complexion, red looks striking whereas on dark complexion pink, orange or sandalwood colour appears prominent. Whitish complexion requires a light red . If the skin is very dark, do not use red, steel grey or chocolate colours. For large eyes, big bindi is suitable, for small eyes a small bindi.

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