When Meera was told the good news
that her husband Dharam was alive and not dead, immediately
she asked Gopi for bangles and Kokila gave her a bindi to grace her forehead.
~SAATH NIBHANA SAATHIYA~
The traditional Indian wife is most dazzling and she sparkles from head to toe with all kinds of embellishments showing off her marital status.
She wears a sari, a mangalsutra ( a necklace that acts as a wedding ring) vermillion/sindoor (worn in the part of hair) Nath (a nose ring) Jhumka (earrings) Baajuband (armlets) Bichua (toe rings) Maang-Tikka (jewel placed in part of hair) Choodiyan (bangles) Mehndi (henna designs) Hathphool (rings with a central flower like medallion) Kajal (black eyeliner) Payal or pajeb (anklets with bells) and bindis (a jeweled dot or sindoor placed in the middle of the forehead) and she does this because she’s wanting to look like the image of the goddess Lakshmi who is their goddess of wealth.
These embellishments/adornments are the signs of being married and is a very important part of their culture because the very act is considered the cornerstone of having a happy and healthy marriage.
So their strong belief is that by wearing these embellishments a wife is contributing to the long life and well being of her husband.
Choodiyan (bangles) are believed to be a protection for husbands, while bindis are often known to help strengthen the libidos of women. So that’s why with the Hindus faith it is tradition that after the death of their husband the womens glass wedding bangles are broken in an act of mourning. Also all of these symbols are discreetly removed and not worn any longer.
So I say it all has to do with what a person chooses to believe is true for themselves because for some Indian women the bindi is worn just to complement Indian attire such as saris, salwar suits, lehenga and Chunni/Duppata and some of the modern day Indian woman may not believe in any of this and so choose not to wear these symbols at all, so the choice is all theirs.
As I am not an Indian woman nor of their faith but I adore the culture and the traditional attire. So when I choose my outfit/attire to wear, I like to wear bindis on my forehead or tiny diamond like bindis on the upper side of one of my cheeks on my face because I feel they are so beautiful and feminine looking. They complement and beautify whatever I wear and give my look an extra special touch, so for that reason I absolutely do adore them.
~SAATH NIBHANA SAATHIYA~
~Meeraa Modi-Suryavanshi (Tanya Sharma)~
~Dharam Suryavanshi (Amar Upadhyay)~
~Gopi Modi (Devoleena Bhattacharjee)~
~Vandana Pathak (Gaura Suryavanshi)~
~Rupal Patel (Kokila Modi)~
CULTURE CLUB – “TIME” (Clock Of The Heart)
(I love this song! Melody and voice, so amazing)
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