(from Sanskrit bindu
, meaning "a drop, small particle, dot") is a forehead decoration worn in South Asia
, Sri Lanka
). and Southeast Asia
. Traditionally it is a dot of red color applied in the center of the forehead close to the eyebrows, but it can also consist of a sign or piece of jewelry worn at this location.
Bindis are worn throughout South Asia, specifically India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, by women, men, girls and boys, and no longer signify age, marital status, religious background or ethnic affiliation. The bindi has become a decorative item and is no longer restricted in colour or shape. Self-adhesive bindis (also known as sticker bindis) are available, usually made of felt or thin metal and adhesive on the other side. These are simple to apply, disposable substitutes for older tilak bindis. Sticker bindis come in many colors, designs, materials, and sizes. Some are decorated with sequins, glass beads, or rhinestones.
Bindis are not always red, nor always a dot. They are called kumkum
, or tilak
("mark") when worn by men. Usually Hindu women, priests, monks and worshippers wear it.
Men wear it on auspicious occasions such as Puja (ritual worship), or marriage, or Arati (waving of lights) on festive occasions such... Read More