The location of the bindi is considered
a major nerve point to which Hindus place great significance. It is
the spot where the ajna (third eye) chakra is located. This chakra is
the center of intuitive knowledge. Yogic practices, such as meditation
and pranayama, can activate this chakra's energy. To
Hindus who attach religious significance to the bindi, it is believed
to retain this energy and control levels of concentration. It is
also a reminder to keep God foremost in one's life.
The bindi is traditionally worn by
married Hindu women, but in some regions of India, men and unmarried girls also wear them. In many areas, the bindi no longer signifies
marital status, age or religious background and has become purely decorative in function available in a variety of colors and shapes. Self-adhesive bindis in
various designs – made of felt or thin metal – are also common.