A bindi (from Sanskrit bindu, meaning "a drop, small particle, dot") is a forehead decoration worn in South Asia (particularly India, Bangladesh) and Southeast Asia. Traditionally it is a dot of red colour applied in the center of the forehead close to the eyebrows, but it can also consist of a sign or piece of jewelry worn at this location.
India Bindis are beautiful and they make all women sparkle..!
A bindi can be called:
- Pottu in Tamil
- Bottu or Tilakam in Telugu
- Bottu or Tilaka in Kannada
- Teep (literally meaning "a pressing") in Bengali
Bindis were a trend for teenage girls in the U.S. during the mid 1990's. Gwen Stefani, of the band No Doubt, popularized bindis as well as mehndi on the hands.
Celebrities like Madonna, Julia Roberts, Jessica Simpson, Elizabeth Hurley have worn bindi. Any women can wear a bindi, body or forehead.