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Bindi: Significance of wearing ‘Dot’ on forehead in Hinduism

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As a part of Hindu customs, a married woman wears sindoor, mangalsutra and kumkum (most usually called bindiya). A bindi is worn on one’s forehead between the eyebrows and is symbolic of a married woman. Although with changing customs through decades, they are also used by unmarried women and from other communities like Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and many such South Asian countries.

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A child wearing a bindi. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Earlier, people would either use chandan or kumkum as a bindi or tilak. It is now after the sticker bindis are available that the tilak tradition has nearly died. Small, black bindis for the South Indian community, big red bindis for Bengali women and bright bindis for Punjabis or the unmarried. This small patch of Indian tradition not only enhances a woman’s beauty but also has some reason behind it. The centre where the bindi is put is the centre of the nerves where they meet. Called the

This small patch of Indian tradition not only enhances a woman’s beauty but also has some reason behind it. The centre where the bindi is put is the centre of the nerves where they meet. Called the ‘ajna chakra’, this is the point of awakening and soothes the person and beats anxiety. It is also the position of the third eye.

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Here are following points that take into account the scientific reasons of wearing Bindi in Indian Culture:

• Besides its cultural significance, the bindi according to acupressure relieves from a headache. The point of putting bindi instantly relieves stress and headache.

• Stimulating the point between one’s eyebrows where the bindi is put can help tighten the facial skin and prevent wrinkles by increasing blood flow. It also helps prevent the symptoms of Bell’s Palsy.

• The point of healing between your eyebrows is called ‘ajna chakra’ which is easily damaged due to stress and anxiety. Thus massaging on this point relaxes the mind and calms out anxieties.

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The centre or ‘bindu’ of the forehead is also called the point of the inner Guru- and using tilak or bindi is considered as a token of respect to the Guru.

Bindi as an ornamental decoration is increasing in western nations. Source: www.wikimediacommons.org
Bindi as an ornamental decoration is getting increasingly used in western nations. Source: Wikimedia Commons

But with India’s increasing bend towards modernisation and moving away from the traditions and ethnic values, the importance of tilak has significantly decreased over the years. While on one hand it is being made a feminist issue, it is also receiving a fusion status in outer nations. The Twitter handle ‘Reclaim the Bindi’ is bringing back the popularity of bindi- showcasing pictures of women all over the world wearing bindis regardless of their race or ethnicity.

–  by Chetna Karnani of NewsGram. Twitter: @karnani_chetna

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Nokia Launches Two Smartphones with Notched Display in India

The device features a 5.9-inch IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9

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HMD Global, that sells Nokia smartphones, on Tuesday launched Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus smartphones with smart Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities in India.

Nokia 6.1 Plus costs Rs 15,999 while the price of Nokia 5.1 Plus will be announced in September.

Both Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus are online exclusive and will be available on Flipkart and the company’s own platform Nokia.com/Phones.

“Since the beginning of our journey, we’ve focused on delivering an experience that you would expect from a Nokia phone — design and craftsmanship that stands out, technology that helps you get more out of your day, and our focus on pure, secure, up-to-date Android,” Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer at HMD Global, told reporters here.

“Today, we are building further on our promise by offering two new smartphones Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus and offering the latest innovations such as an all-screen design with the quality you can only expect from a Nokia smartphone,” he added.

Nokia 6.1 Plus is the first smartphone under the Nokia brand to come with a display notch.

Powered by the latest chipsets and joining the Android One family, both phones deliver a great performance, as well as smart AI imaging features, you would expect from a premium smartphone, the company claimed.

Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage and MicroSD support.

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The device comes with Android Oreo 8.1 OS. (IANS)

The phone is powered by a 3,060 mAh battery which supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology.

Its primary camera has a 16MP and a secondary 5MP sensor.

It is an Android One smartphone, which means it will the latest Android version and regular security updates.

The device comes with Android Oreo 8.1 OS.

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Nokia 5.1 Plus comes with a glass body, dual-lens camera, and a notched display as well.

The device features a 5.9-inch IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9.

It is powered by a Mediatek Helio P60 chip and comes equipped with either 3GB or 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. The device is powered by a 3,060mAh battery.

Its dual-lens camera set-up on the back includes a 13MP + 5MP lens. (IANS)