Definition of Maang Tikka

Definition: Maang Tikka

The maang tikka, worn here by Bollywood hotness Priyanka Chopra, is one of my favorite hair ornaments. They're a longstanding Indian bridal tradition with a storied history in painting and sculpture, but they also show up on runways and at formal occasions quite a bit these days. These ingenious little stringed beauties have a hook that allows them to be attached to your hair so that the maang (stringed section) can rest in the center part of your hair and dangle the tikka (the jeweled section) onto your forehead. The tikka is designed to rest at the sixth chakra, the ajna, and it not only looks gorgeous, but also carries a great deal of significance in Ayuvedic tradition.

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