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June 4, 2015

⊃ No one accessorizes like an Indian bride! On her wedding day, an Indian bride will ornament herself through an intricate process called solah shringar. Solah shringar translates to 16 adornments – mirroring the 16 phases of the moon – and  includes pieces that highlight and celebrate every aspect of her female form. Each piece of jewelry holds symbolic significance with years of tradition behind it. ⊂

INDIAN BRIDE

INDIAN BRIDE

INDIAN BRIDE

⊃ Two of the most important details of solah shringar are the maang tikka and the bindi. The maang tikka hooks to the bride’s sari, falls down across her head, and rests on her temple. The maang tikka represents the wisdom a bride carries into her marriage in addition to protecting her from any bad energy. Aesthetically, the maang tikka adds elegance to the bride’s headdress and heightens her allure. ⊂

INDIAN BRIDE

INDIAN BRIDE

⊃ Bindis are worn in addition to the maang tikka. Traditionally, they are composed of a red vermillion powder dot in between the eyebrows, for red reflects love, honor, and prosperity. However, bindis can also include gems and be worn along the curves of the eyebrow as well. In the wedding ceremony, the bindi symbolizes the devotion of the bride to her husband and is worn to intensify the bride’s intellect. The area where the bindi is worn is known to be the sixth chakra, ajna, or the third eye. The sixth chakra is the energy node of concealed wisdom and the bindi enhances that wisdom. ⊂

INDIAN BRIDE

INDIAN BRIDE

An Indian bride will wear a maang tikka and bindi on her wedding day to ensure she looks and feels her best; however these looks can be rocked any time to empower your sixth chakra or heighten your allure. Shop these styles now:

Cherished Bridal Headdress

Durga Goddess Headdress

Pearl Hearts Bridal Head Tikka

Crystal Sixth Chakra Bindi

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