Maang tikka is a beautiful piece of jewellery which adorns the forehead of a traditional Indian bride. It adds the perfect ethnic touch and completes solah shringar of the bride. This piece of jewellery is worn in the centre parting of the hair, as in literal terms maang means the parting of the hair and tikka is the spot on the forehead where you apply a tilak or bindi.
This beautiful piece of jewellery hangs from the forehead and is worn to accentuate the bride’s beauty. The maang is the stringed portion which lays flat between the parting of the hair, while the tikka is the jeweled part which sits on the forehead. It is a very versatile piece of jewellery and can be worn in various styles. The types of maang tikkas vary from state to state in India.
For example, north Indian brides usually wear kundan or jadau jewellery; hence, the maang tika they wear is also crafted out of kundan or jadau. These look stunning and rich with the green enameling and precious stones inlaid. On the other hand, south Indian bride wear this lovely shringar patti crafted using rubies and pearls. This comprises of a heavy center patti with two side attachments which adorns the lining of the hair and has these lovely pearl drops hanging from it.
Then other styles include the Rajasthani maang tikka, which has a rounded centre and three gold strings two of which run by the hair line and one through the middle partition of the hair. The Rajasthani maang tikas are also made of pearls, rubies and emeralds encrusted in gold. With changing times, diamond and platinum jewellery is picking up.
Some north Indian brides opt for diamond maang tikas set in platinum or white gold. While the trend is to move away from the traditional, most brides in south India in parts like Kerala still like to stick to the traditional plain gold maang tikka.
Shilpa Shetty - On her wedding day wore traditional temple jewellery. The rubies and emeralds-encrusted tikka is supported by strings on either side of the central parting.
Some of the most amazing maang tikas are being showcased on the runway these days. They make style statement and are on the wish list of every Indian bride.
You can spice up your look by wearing different types of maang tikas for your various pre-wedding functions instead of going with the traditional one. The traditional one can be saved for the wedding. Wearing them differently and accessorizing them correctly will surely make you look like a pretty Indian princess!
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