Many people of India, especially those who follow the Hindu religion, wear colored markings on their foreheads and other parts of their bodies. In general, forehead markings identify a person's third eye, or what Hindus believe is the center of a person's nervous system, the area in which a person can see spiritual truths.
These markings usually take the form of red, white, and black dots or lines, or combinations of dots and lines, which have either social or religious meanings. The practice of marking the body, especially the forehead, with these symbols dates back to ancient people who lived in southern Asia around 2500 b.c.e.
The mark is known as a bindi. And it's a Hindu tradition that dates to the third and fourth centuries. The bindi is traditionally worn by women for religious purposes or to indicate that they're married. But today the bindi has also become popular among women of all ages, as a beauty mark.
The red bindi serves as an auspicious symbol of marriage The red bindi is associated with marriage. The red bindi is said to bring prosperity and assure the bride a place as the newest guardian of the family when she steps on the threshold of her husband's house. Therefore, if a woman is widowed, she no longer wears a red bindi because of the connection with marriage.
Indian women wear the Ajna as protection and gestures of respect and also according to the scriptures Ajna enables the human soul to see what the physical eyes cannot see.
Society has always wanted to categorize or tag people in groups and the bindi performed a similar function in the ‘Social’ realm. The social purpose was to ward of the evil eye of the young unmarried girl by making her wear a ‘black’ Bindi. The married women wore a red Bindi.
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