|A bindi in the colours of the Indian flag|
(photo by Shankha Subhra Dutta)
Noun. Plural bindis. Early 20th century.
A decorative mark or jewel worn in the middle of the forehead by Indian women,
especially traditionally married Hindu women.
Despite it being a common sight in Britain, I must admit that I was pretty ignorant as to a bindi's significance until researching it for Lexicolatry. As a child, I remember talking to an Indian woman at a market and asking her with unashamed directness what the red dot on her forehead was for. Her answer, that it was a Hindu symbol of wisdom, is the explanation I've carried with me into adulthood.
|"A Girl on the Ghats in Varanasi"|
(photo by Lars-Gunnar Svärd)
|A woman from Raikhad|
(photo by Meena Kadri)
If you wear or have worn a bindi, or have anything else you'd like to say, do please leave a comment below.