You will often notice a dot, in different sizes and colours, adorning the beautiful foreheads of many men and women from South Asia, which in the Indian culture is called a ‘Bindi’. You will rarely see a person stepping out of a Hindu temple without this symbol on their head. While all Indians know what a bindi is, and their often witnessed wearing it as an accessory with their sarees and kurtas, very few would know its true significance and meaning.
The word ‘Bindi’ is derived from a word in the Sanskrit language ‘Bindu’, which literally translates to ‘drop’. It is considered a person’s mystical third eye. It is said that our two eyes help us to see the outside world and a bindi is thus the inner eye which keeps us in sync with our soul and the god that resides in us.
The symbol first originated as a bright red dot applied between the two eyebrows. Some believe the red colour represented our red blood, signifying a blood sacrifice as an offering to the great almighty. Some also believe the red represents strength or shakti. On weddings, a bridegroom places a long vertical bindi across the forehead and through the scalp of the bride known as ‘sindhur’, which is the sign of a married woman.
The area where the Bindi is applied, which is between the two eyebrows, is in the Hindu religion considered a point of hidden wisdom, called the ajna. It is the sixth primary chakra according to the demarcations made to the body in the Hindu tradition. The Bindi is believed to collect the energy at this point, facilitating continuous creation in the mind, body & soul!
Can you believe it? A bindi can hold so much of significance! If you are intrigued, do visit Kumbh Mela being held in Allahabad this year and begin your spiritual living journey.