Why Do Hindus Wear a Dot in the Middle of Their Forehead?

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Many men and women around the world wear a dot on their forehead, which is properly called a “bindi” and is used to express their spirituality and show that they are Hindu. The dot or mark represents the third eye of spiritual sight and holds a mystical meaning. It believed that the third eye allows them to see things that the physical eyes are unable to see.

In the past, it was common for all Hindu women and men to wear the bindi, while also wearing earrings. With more women wearing the bindi in modern times than men, it is mistakenly thought of as a beauty mark. The bindi is traditionally made from a red powder called sindur that is crafted from fresh lime juice and powdered turmeric.