We all know that in the list of multi-cultured nations, India occupies the top spot. It’s because of the varied traditions, the different conventions of different religions and communities that are followed in this country, which make it a multi-hued homeland .
One of these schools of traditions belongs to the Hindu Shastras. These offer detailed explanations on all aspects of our lives, right from the matters related to sustenance, dietary patterns, garments, to even the individuals we live with or among. According to the Shastras, all of these have a profound effect on our mind(cerebrum) and our well-being. Apart from that, once can find a number of ancient Hindu scripts that even espouse the practice of various ceremonies which are known to bring good fortune and make one’s life successful.
And when we say “ceremonies,” it’s the Indian ladies who are often weighed down by such customs. Some of which are plain orthodox, while some have logical reasoning to it. For example, wearing a Bindi/Tilak is linked to having a connection with the vitality of our body as we wear our Bindi at a spot which is in between the temple of our brows. This point is known as Adnya-chakra. Now, let’s have a look at another such traditional custom that is often practiced by Indian women – the custom of wearing toe rings.
The Custom Of Wearing Toe Rings
A lot of Indian women wear toe rings. This common accessory is a signifier of a woman’s marital status. It has different names too – it’s called Bichiya in Hindi, Metti in Tamil, Mettelu in Telugu, Kal-ungura in Kannada and so on. The toe rings are a must-wear accessory for a married woman in India, and this custom is generally followed in both the Hindu and the Muslim communities.They are usually made from the silver metal, and are mostly worn in pairs on the second toes of both the feet. In the present times, you will find enough contemporary designs of toe rings to accommodate the likes of modern brides. Also, girls (unmarried) refrain from wearing them as it’s frowned upon.
Why Wear Toe Rings?
It is said that the nerve of the second toe finger passes through the heart and is also connected to the uterus. Therefore, wearing a toe ring in it helps to balance the blood pressure in the uterus.It helps in regulation of a woman’s menstrual cycle too (1).
Ancient Indians believed that one’s “prana” (life force) needs to be balanced in order for one to stay healthy. And it is said that all the paths of one’s “prana” run through the toes. Therefore, wearing toe rings helps to maintain the balance of a woman’s life force.
Why Are Silver Toe Rings Beneficial?
There are a lot of benefits here. We already know how beneficial silver is for our human body, don’t we? Silver is a good conductor, it is known to have the power to absorb the polar energies of the earth and pass it on to our body (2). When this energy passes through our body, it’s known to refresh our entire system. Wearing these silver toe rings also helps in easing the pain that a woman undergoes while having intercourse.
Why It’s Not Okay To Wear Toe Rings Made Of Gold?
According to Indian traditions and their beliefs, the metal “gold” should never be worn below the waist as it shows disrespect to the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. Therefore, toe rings are usually made in silver and not gold.
Physical Benefits Of Wearing Toe Rings
- In India, since ancient times, acupressure has been used to maintain good health. Wearing toe rings helps solve menstruation-related problems of women. As a result of stressful lifestyle, some women have irregular periods. Wearing toe rings puts the ideal amount of pressure on the second toe that helps regularize menstrual cycle of women. And we know that having healthy, regular menstrual cycles help a woman conceive easily.
- It helps in maintaining the polarity of the human body. We know that we carry a certain amount of electro-negativity in our bodies, don’t we? Wearing silver toe rings helps polarize our human body naturally.
- It benefits the reproductive system of a woman. Wearing toe ring on the second toe has a positive erotic effect too. It helps a woman enjoy physical intimacy and also balances the positive energy of her uterus.
Toe Ring Do’s And Don’ts
Dear women, here are a couple of things you should keep in mind while wearing toe rings:
- The best place for you to position your toe ring would be the place in between your toe pad and your toe knuckle. It’s the ideal place because this part of the toe doesn’t touch the ground.
- There are two kinds of toe rings available out there. One is of the fitted nature and is solid in structure. The second are adjustable ones which are more flexible. However, we’d suggest you go for the fitted ones as they last longer. The adjustable ones are definitely comfortable, but there is a high possibility that they can get caught on things like socks, carpets or even pebbles.
There you go, these were the facts that we wanted to give you a heads-up about with respect to toe rings. If there is anything more that you are aware of, do let us know in the comment section below.