From ages jewellery has been an important adornment of women in India. We can observe this through the number of gold jewellery a women receives as gifts during an auspicious ceremony in her life. In India jewellery is not seen as a piece to decorate the body from but also holds lot of values and tradition to it. Today I have come up with a blog on very elegant jewellery named Maang Tikka. Well, I know you all must have a question in mind:
What is a Maang Tikka?
Maang tikka is a hair accessory which has a hook on the end that secures it with pins to hair and on the other side it has a pendant with a chain like structure. The symmetries and design etiquettes are changes as compared to ancient times but it still retains its beauty and importance. It is available in variety of colours, designs and shape that goes well with all face shape. Embellished artifacts, gold and silver are the trendiest Maang Tikka amongst women across countries. Now you must be wondering why I mention countries? Well let me tell you although Maang Tikka is a traditional indian accessory but it worn as a fashion accessory in foreign countries.
Importance of Maang Tikka
Traditionally, women in India wore the Maang Tikka for the very first time during her wedding day. It holds a place in the essential element of the sixteen traditional adornments better known as Solah Shringaar. It is believed that the pendant of the Maang Tikka falls over the Agya Chakra. It is basically the sixth chakra on the forehead which is the seat of preservation. It believes the holy union of male and female on emotional, spiritual and physical level. This chakra is also considered to be the seat of wisdom or prosperity by the yogic doctrines. Agya Chakra is the one which modulated the kundalini energy. Thus, we see women after marriage wear a bindi on the forehead around this point. By this woman retains her strength despite of the physiological change that comes after child birth and motherhood.
Maang Tikka Styling with Right Outfit
In the modern era, none of its value or tradition has changed. Nowadays it is just modernised that creates new breed of fashion in Maang Tikka accessory as new dimension is fashion is getting widespread acceptance. It is styled with both Indian as well as western outfit as a style statement. It looks flawless and amazingly beautiful on women for special ceremonies. You can style it with Lehenga, Saree, Anarkali or Gowns and also with Dhoti pants, Crop Tops and Kurta Jackets. All you have to keep in mind is go for the design and shape that compliments your outfit. If your saree or lehenga has golden border and embroidery you can’t go for a silver or pearl maang tikka this will break your look.
Maang Tikka Styles and Designs
1. Borla Maang Tikka
This style of Maang Tikka is mainly used by women in Haryana and Rajasthan as it gives elegant and royal look. Earlier the queen and princesses of these states used to wear it as their pride in their day to day life. It got its name by the fruit named ‘Ber or Bor’ better known as jujube fruit in English as the shape of this Maang Tikka is similar to this fruit. It has a spherical shape of tassel that is crafted with crystals, precious stones, gems, beads, etc.
2. One-Tier Maang Tikka and Multi-tier Maang Tikka
This is another fashion trend that rules the world with its elegant design. Here in this style of Maang Tikka it has additional layers on the sides that completely adorn the front. It helps to make the Maang Tikka stay in place and also looks great on round face shape. This additional layer can be either made with kundan work or pearl.
3. Jhoomar or Passa Maang Tikka
This style of Maang Tikka is a traditional Muslim ornament that is specifically worn on weddings and special occasion. It is in triangular and fan-shaped design that falls on the left side of the forehead. This adds a real appeal to your look and also distinguishes the Muslim bride from other.
4. Excessive and Small Pendant Maang Tikka
Excessive Maang Tikka gives a bold look and small ones gives elegant look that will make you stand out in crowd. You can choose from floral to circular designs in any size you want according to your preference. Fancy colour Maang Tikka looks exceptionally elegant and stunning. This style suits all face shapes.
5. Side Swept Maang Tikka
Side Swept maang Tikka also known as ‘Matha patti’ is one of the best styles recently. It the trendy and many brides like to opt for this style for their wedding. As the name itself suggests it is not placed in the centre but falls on the side. This matha patti is only on one side of the forehead. This a variation of the traditional Maang Tikka which simply gives a majestic look within minutes.