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The Bindi

by Saturday, August 16, 2014

I’ve always loved the big red dot on women’s foreheads. My mom always wore one, still does, every single day. And it always symbolized feminine elegance and beauty to me. So very early on when I had started painting, I wanted to make something with the Bindi as the focus.

Whilst researching the real reason why we wear Bindis, I came across this amazing article, and I learnt so many new things just now!

I had no idea the spiritual reason behind wearing a bindi, nor did I know that a Brahmin wore white tilaks to signify purity, and Kshatriyas wore red tilaks signifying valor and bravery. Not just that, there’s also a health related reason behind smearing the point between the eyes with a ‘cooling’ tilak. And my favourite one, to remind us to see the world with the “spiritual eye” and see the bigger picture and the Universe as One. Amazing. A reason behind every small thing. πŸ™‚

Well, this is what eventually came out when I focused on the bindi while painting back in 2010.

 

The Bindi, acrylic on canvas. Gifted to my sister and brother-in-law as their 1st wedding anniversary gift. πŸ™‚Β 

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