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How to wear Indian Jewellery: Maang Tikka

Updated on February 26, 2014

How to wear Indian Jewellery for Wedding Parties : the Maang Tikka

Maang Tikka is a stunning piece of Indian Jewellery that consists of a central jeweled pendant attached to a chain with ahook. It might be made in gold, silver or studded with perals, ruby or cristal. The pendant might be flat as spehrical and it may also have attached side panel with one or more layers.

Maang Tikka is a great accessory to wear especially at wedding parties and here is a guide about how to wear it.

First of all, Maang Tikka looks great when attached to a centrally parted hair as it puts emphasis on the forehead of the wearer. It looks good on a round face as it adds a dimension of length to it and it can be easily matched with any type of jewellery. However, shoulder length hair are necessary to carry it well.

If you have long hair, then follow these steps:

- Create a straight and neat centre parting that runs from the front of your hair ot the crown of the head;

- Apply some hairspray to help your hair remain in place longer;

- Lay the Maang Tikka on the head so that the chain is rested on the parting of the hair and the central pendant is positioned on the forehead;

- Attach it to your hair and secure it with bobby pins that match your hair colour.

Although the Maang Tikka is commonly worn by brides, it can also be worn by women of all ages for any elaborate occasion that requires splendor and touch of regal exquisiteness.

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Hollywood Stars wearing Maang Tikka

Several Hollywood celebrities have been photographed wearing Maang Tikka.

Here it is Alicia Keys, who wore a small silver maang tikka with Indian-influenced earrings to the 2007 AMAs.

Britney Spears wore several time Maang Tikka during her Circus tour.

Hollywood Stars who wear Indian Jewellery

Alicia Keys is not the only one who loves Indian jewelry. Here is Madonna, who wore Indian gold jewelry and this make up look at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards.

Also Gwen Stefani was photographed wearing a bindi set.

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Rich and rare were the gems she wore,

And a bright gold ring on her hand she bore.

— ~Thomas Moore

Solah Shringar

A Hindu Bride traditionally goes through 16 steps in order to be ready for her wedding day. These 16 steps are called Solah Shringar and consist in a process of beautification that covers all parts of the body.

The Shringar of the bride starts with the bride wearing her wedding dress, followed by adorning the hair with flowers and jewelry. Then the eyes are highlighted with Kajal and the bindi is put on the bride's forehead. Afterwards, the Maang Tikka is worn and the nose ring as well, followed by earrings and necklaces made of gold and embellished with pearls and gems.

Then the bride wears other accessories, that is: the Baajuband, bangles and Mehendi. She also wears eight rings in both her hands, which are attached with a central flower or medallion that covers the upper part of the hand called hathphulor.

A gold or silver belt called Kamarband is worn around the waist of the bride and silver anklets are worn on the ankles. The feet are also decorated: In some regions a thick red line is drawn along the outer border of the foot. In other areas, mehandi designs are applied to the feet. And finally itar or fragrance is applied on to the bride to keep her fresh and smelling good.


The Significance of Bindi

The Bindi is a decoration that consists in a bright dot of red color applied in the center of the forehead close to the eyebrows and it is worn in South Asia (particularly India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Mauritius) and Southeast Asia.

Traditionally, the area between the eyebrows is said to be the sixth chakra, ajna, the seat of "concealed wisdom" and the bindi is thought to retain energy and strengthen concentration, protect against demons or bad luck.

Nowadays, Bindis are regarded as decorative items and they are worn by women, men, girls and boys, and no longer signify age, marital status, religious background or ethnic affiliation.

Bindis are also worn as style statement and international celebrities such as Julia Roberts, Madonna, Selena Gomez and many others have been seen wearing them.

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