Maang tika as the name suggests is a piece of jewellery worn for the forehead. It adds the perfect ethnic touch and completes solah shringar of the bride.This beautiful piece of jewellery hangs from the forehead and is worn to accentuate the bride’s beauty.
The types of maang tikkas vary from state to state in India. Maang tikka, according to the ancient Hindu culture is not just an adornment but it is a symbol of uniting the male and female for the rest of their life. A golden maang tikka consists of a beautifully designed pendent attached to a chain that has a hook at the other end. The chain and the hook,hold the tikka on the forehead, exactly at the place where it sits on the ‘AgyaChakra’ or the sixth chakra of the bride, that stands for preservation and control of emotions and concentration.
The styles of the maang tikka range from very simple to heavy ones, which may differ from each other due to different communities. While for a Hindu bride, the Maang tikka is in the form of a pendant, which dangles on the center of the forehead, on the other hand a Muslim bride, adorns her hair with a Jhoomer style maang tikka.
Another type of maang tikka is the “MatthaPatti” which is particularly designed to adorn a bride’s look. This heavy maang tikka consist two extra chains on each side, which completes the glittering look of a bride.
The Rajput women wore Bor or Borla, the traditional Rajasthani maang tikka, in the old times. Even today, it is very common to see a married Rajasthani woman wearing this on a regular day. This type of maang tikka is spherical which makes it tricky, to stay put.
Jhoomer or Paasa is a very important ornament worn by any Muslim bride. This is a fan shaped tikka, which is placed on the side of the hair unlike the other types of tikkas. Gold and pearls are mainly used to design this unusual style of Jhoomer.
The Shringar Patti is different from the Mattha Patti in the way that it has more than one side panel. This “Maang Tika” looks absolutely exquisite with several types of hair style, but the catch is that it needs extra help to be secured in place.
I’m simply a fan of the usual Maang tikka i feel the mattha patti makes a person look chubby as it accentuates your face and makes it look more round.Here’s a pic of the Maang tikka i chose for myself not really for the wedding probably for the Mehendi function or mata ki chowki.