What is Maang Tikka?
It is a beautiful piece of jewellery worn in the middle of parting of the hair and is meant for adorning the forehead. For instance, Maang tikka is an ornate chain with a bejewelled pendant that is placed on the forehead. There are tiny dangling chains on either side.
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Firstly, the Maang Tikka can be elaborate with precious and semi-precious stones, Kundan stones and pearls. This kind of Maang Tikka is typically worn by North Indian Brides. As a matter of fact, it is customary for tribal women and rural women in Rajasthan to sport one everyday. for example, their heads are covered with a veil and the MaangTikka is conspicuous because it is a huge rock like pendant in silver. Further, it sticks out of the veil.
Maang Tikka in South India
This jewellery which is popular in the South is an elaborate one that is typically worn by Bharatnatyam and Kuchipidi dancers. It is made of rubies or kemp stones and appears in red colour. There are 2 pieces to the Mang Tikka. One is the centre piece with a pendant and 2 side pieces that cover the entire forehead. There is a 2nd piece with a design of the sun & the moon that is placed on either side of the centre parting in the head.