Bindi Tree

Photo (c) Punit Kaur

In India, trees are very much revered and it is a common sight to see the Banyan tree or the Bodhi tree entwined with red strings. But this particular tree covered with bindis is a rare sight and one that I have never seen before. This tree stands outside the Koteshawar temple, Kutch in Gujarat. The temple overlooks the Arabian Sea and is the western-most Shiva temple of India.

Bindis are traditionally red in color and round in shape. Married women wear them on the center of the forehead as a symbol of their marital status. Married women put a bindi on this tree to ensure the long life of her husband. I believe glass bangles are also offered to the tree. I hope to see it for myself one of these days, until then the photo will have to do 🙂

For Becca’s Sunday Trees – 274


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18 thoughts on “Bindi Tree”

  1. This is lovely. I did not know very much about the significance of banyan or bodhi trees, although I have heard of both types of trees before. I love that this tree was anointed with bindis. It suggests a story in my mind – what does the tree think of being covered in bindis? 🙂 Maybe I will try to write it. Thank you, Dahlia!

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