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Origins of the Maang Tikka

Origins of the Maang Tikka

Indian culture is rich in glorious rituals, festivals, art, textiles, and design. Our heritage has placed huge emphasis on expression through intricate pieces.

Found in ancient paintings, scriptures and sculptures, the Maang Tikka made its first appearance when our ancestors began creating jewellery over 5000 years ago.

Both men and women wore this exquisite hair ornament. Several paintings and sculptures that carried tantric significance depicted them wearing embellishments on their foreheads. According to Hindu mythology, the Tikka rests in between the forehead, a spot that is believed to house our sixth chakra, called ‘Ajna Chakra’ or ‘the third eye’. It is the point where Shiv-Shakti combines to form ‘Ardhanarishvara’, which means half-male and half-female, which is why it was also common to see tikka-like jewels on classical androgynous paintings.

The spot in which the Maang Tikka is known to rest also represents the power of the soul, so it became a customary belief that when a Maang Tikka is worn by a bride on her wedding day she is connecting with her third eye, harnessing the power of concentration, activating her knowledge, wisdom, courage and will-power. Thus as centuries progressed, the Maang Tikka became a significant symbol as the holy union of a bride and groom in marriage, the coming together of male and female on a spiritual, physical and emotional level.




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