Indian dots on forehead

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    R.G.
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    What is the significance of the dot on the forehead of Indians, and is it only for Indians of a certain region or religion? I thought only women had them, but I saw a man with one. Also, how do they make such a perfect circle?

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    Name : R.G., Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Jewish, Age : 39, City : Toronto, Ontario, State : NA Country : Canada, Education level : 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
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    Bala
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    The dot is called a bindhi. They are usually meant for ladies. And the significance behind this is as follows: The most attractive part of a woman, according to Indian culture, is said to be the eyes. It is said that men get attracted to women looking at their eyes. So to distract men from looking into their eyes, women use this bindhi on their forehead (usually red). Because red is a bright color, men tend to look at the bindhi rather than looking into the eyes. This is the real reason for women keeping bindhi on their forehead.

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    Name : Bala, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : Asian, Religion : Hindu, Age : 24, City : Singapore, State : NA Country : Saudi Arabia, Education level : 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
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    Avanti
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    The 'Indian dot' you are referring to is known as a bindi (pronounced bin-dee). Bindis were first worn by women in India who were married. This tradition is still carried on by many Indian females, but now they are also worn for fashion by married and non-married women. The 'dots' are not only red, but also come in many colors, shapes and designs now (which I'm sure you've seen worn by many actresses and musicians influenced by Indian culture). The reason the red bindis are so round is that they are actually 'stickers.' They feel almost felt-like, but the bindi has a sticky back so that it can stay on your forehead. This can be removed, and unlike many people's conceptions, they are not tattooed to your forehead. The red bindis can also be from a mixture of a red powder and water. This creates a paste that women also use. This is also used in religious ceremonies. If this is used in a religious ceremony, both men and women can wear it. Then it is not a bindi, but is known as a tika (pronounced tee-kah).

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    Name : Avanti, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : Asian, Religion : Hindu, Age : 18, City : Starkville, State : MS Country : United States, Occupation : College Student, Education level : High School Diploma, Social class : Upper middle class, 
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    S28524
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    It has religious significance but now is also a fashion accessory. Some of the older generation still methodically makes the circle with the red powder, but now you just get round- (and oval and crescent-shaped and snowflake-shaped ) stickers. Voila!

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    Name : S28524, City : Boulder, State : CO Country : United States, 
    #23252

    Preeti
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    I am one of many Indian (Hindu) women wearing this dot every day on my forehead. Besides being used for makeup, it (the Bindi) has much religious importance. As per Hinduism, the middle part of the forehead is the highest center to which the divine powers situated in every human being (inside the lowest center, just above the abdomen) must be activated and lifted up to gain self-realization (Moksha). The dot is one of the many small ways that make this procedure faster for the women's body. This is much more scientifically proved in the shastras (Hindu Doctrines). Though hard to imagine, the way this works automatically without the knowledge of the human being can be explained using the in-depth study of Yoga (the art of acheiving Moksha and a healthy body based on Hinduism).

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    Name : Preeti, Gender : F, Race : Asian, Religion : Hindu, Age : 23, City : Mumbai, State : NA Country : India, Occupation : student, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, 
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