Meaning of Maang tikka comes from a combination of maang meaning parting of the hair and tika meaning tilak.
Significance of Maang Tikka
Tikka is an Indian hair jewelry that is worn on the parting of the hair
in place of the red spot (tilaka or 'tika') on the foreheads of Hindu
women.Originally, the red spot was a sign which a priest would paint on
the brow of a visitor to the temple. Later the tikka became a standard
part of the costume of a Hindu woman.
Maang Tikka can
be said to be a shortened version of the Shringaar patti/Matha Patti.It
is worn by the bride in center parting of the hair. A Maang tikka can be
stuck on or drawn, or, in the form of a pendant, suspended between the
eyes.A Maang Tika comprises of a string, with a center piece attached to
one end and a hook to the other. Maang Tikka consists of an ornate chain
worn in the parting of the hair ending in a fabulous pendant in place
of the red spot(tilaka).The pendant is covered with stones and has tiny
dangling beads in the front.There is a hook at the end of the chain
which has to be attached into the parting of the hair.