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Maang Tikka

What is a Maang Tikka?

A maang tikka is a type of jewelry hair adornment placed on the hairline with pendent sitting in the center of the forehead. Comprised of a chain with a hook on one end and a pendant on the other. Typically worn by Indian women, mainly brides.

Although modernly worn as an accessory by women of all ages.


Why is a Maang tikka Worn?

Traditionally worn by a bride, A maang tikka is an important element of the solah shringaar, or the sixteen traditional bridal adornments. Giving the bride power to concentrate on their spiritual eye, and wisdom to handle her new journey in life. As it symbolizes the blessings for bestowing good fortune, health and long life upon those who get to wear them from their elders or priest.

Who Wears a Maang Tikka?

A maang tikka is a traditional piece of head jewelry that is worn by South Asian women on their wedding day or for other significant cultural events.

Although typically worn by brides it can be worn by married and unmarried women.

Can men wear maang tikka? in ancient times several paintings that have tantric significance depict men who wear an adornment similar to the maang tikka on their foreheads.

In recent times maang tikka have become popularized by Bollywood divas such as Sara Ali Khan, Aditi Rao Hydari, Janhvi Kapoor, and Kriti Sanon. Even spotted adorning Hollywood celebrities such as Kim Kardashian. The maang tikka has become a fashion accessory statement.

History of Maang Tikka

Found in ancient paintings, scriptures, and sculptures, the maang tikka made its first appearance over 5000 years ago. Significantly in works of art that carried tantric significance, men and women depicted wearing embellishments on their foreheads. According to Hindu mythology, the Tikka rests in between the forehead, a spot that is believed to house our sixth chakra, called ‘Ajna Chakra’ or ‘the third eye’. It is the point where Shiv-Shakti combines to form ‘Ardhanarishvara’, which means half-male and half-female, which is why it was also common to see tikka-like jewels on classical androgynous paintings.

Significance of Maang Tikka Placement

The maang tikka placed on the center of forehead, the location of the Agya Chakra. Also known as location of the third eye. This is one of the six primary chakras in the body according to Hindu tradition. The maang tikka covering the third eye is believed to prevent the loss of “energy” specifically significant when red. Additionally the location of forehead, between the two eyebrows, is a spot that is considered as a major nerve point in human body since ancient times.

Variations of Maang Tikka


Is a semicircular shaped that is worn at the center of hair line. For Rajasthani brides, it signifies that the necessity should walk on the straight line.


The rakhdi is traditionally accompanied by the sheesh-phool which is a headdress that frames the hairline.

Consisting of several chains adorn with several circular pieces.


Is round bell worn at the top of hairline traditionally worn by married Rajasthani and Haryanvi women.

Matha Patti

Derived from two words; ‘Matha’ meaning forehead and ‘Patti’ meaning a strap or a band, a traditional headdress jewelry.

Paasa or Jhoomar

Is worn usually on the left side of the forehead. Covering almost the entire side of the forehead. Presented in various shapes and sizes.

Traditionally worn by Muslim brides on the day of their wedding.


Best Style Maang Tikka for your Face Shape

Oval Any style maang tikka will look lovely on you!

Round Smaller pendants and short chain, styles like a borla or a matha patti single tier ideal for your features.

Square Try a statement maang tikka or passa styles with round and chandbali design.

Heart shape Look best with delicate layered matha patti or a manng tikka with floral, fan, or chandbali design.

Oblong A substantial maang tikka with a chunky chandlibali or fan design.

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