Toe rings in India
- Wearing of toe rings in India dates back to ancient times.
- In the Ramayana, there is a mention of Sita throwing her toe ring down so that Lord Rama could find her.
- Toe rings worn by women signify that they are married.
- During the wedding ceremony, the husband puts the toe rings on the second toe of both feet.
- Toe rings in India are usually made of silver and worn in pairs on the second toe of both feet.
Toe rings outside India
- Toe rings were introduced to the United States by Marjorie Borell in 1973.
- Toe rings are worn by both men and women in the US as a fashion statement.
- Toe rings can be found at state fair booths and beach town shops.
- Small boutiques in popular tourist locations offer personalized fittings of fitted rings.
- Toe rings are also worn by males and females in Africa, believed to have arrived from India.
Benefits of toe rings in Ayurveda
- Toe rings are believed to regulate the menstrual cycle and increase chances of conception.
- The slight pressure on the second toe ensures a healthy uterus.
- Some cultures believe that the pressure on the second toe helps ease pain during intercourse.
- Unmarried Hindu girls may wear toe rings on the third toe to ease menstrual pain.
Historical and cultural significance
- Toe rings were traditionally made of silver and were quite ornate.
- Some bichiya sets may have pairs for four of the five toes, excluding the little pinky.
- Gold toe rings are also commonly seen, despite traditional restrictions on wearing gold below the waist.
- Tamil men wore toe rings in ancient times as a way for women to identify married men.
- Mirror rings were sometimes worn on the great toe for decorative purposes in the 19th century.
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