The Maang Tikka is a part of the 16 adornments (the solah sringar) worn by the Indian bride. The tikka takes the overall look of the bride to a completely different level. It instantly adds a touch of royalty and grandeur to the bride. The Maang Tikka is worn in the parting of the hair (the Maang) and the tikka is the pendant that drapes the forehead.
Since this piece of jewellery sits right on the forehead, the Maang tikka designs must be chosen with utmost care as it is instantly visible. Maang tikka designs can vary in sizes, colours and the metals in which they are made. Ranging from gold to kundan to diamond, there is a great variety to choose from.
Kundan Maang Tikka Designs
If you have a lehnga with kundan work on it, you must certainly go for a Kundan Tikka. And if you like to keep things simple then you can go for a small yet elegant maang tikka design.
These large Kundan Maang tikka designs are sure to make you look drenched in royalty. But brides with small foreheads should avoid going for these ones!
The double strand Maang tikka design set in Kundan is a very dressy and beautiful design as it also lines the hairline apart from the Maang.
The Diamond Maang Tikka Design
If you are planning to wear diamond jewellery then couple it with a cute and dainty diamond maang tikka design and you’ll look stunning.
The Rajasthani Maang Tikka Design
The pretty, round maang tikka designs worn by Rajasthani brides and popularly seen in Jodha Akbar on Aishwarya also look very beautiful. These are generally set in gold or Kundan.
How to wear the Maang Tikka
Now that you know the variety of maang tikka designs, a common query that many people have is how to wear the maang tikka. There are several ways to wear the tikka, one way is to highlight only the pendant of the tikka and hide the chain. For this style you can either cover the chain with your hair by combing your hair backwards or sideways over the chain.
Some Maang tikkas have beautiful chains and are worth showing off. In that case just leave the parting of your hair well defined and then drape the tikka.