Nose piercing is one of the most common varieties of piercing after earlobe piercing. It is very important to get your nose piercing done in an aseptic condition to avoid infection.
Nose piercing is done in the out patient clinic by using a stapler gun but the stud is little bigger and has to be replaced after a week by gold stud. If it is done in operation theatre with a little anesthetic, no pain is felt and the gold stud can be inserted straightaway. It\’s a minor procedure but I always take a little extra caution and care in doing the procedure.
My advise: Anyone who is planning to have their body pierced must be careful to get it done aseptically and not to get into trouble with infection.
About Nose Piercing:
Nose Piercing is getting more popular and becoming more socially acceptable and many celebrities have their nose pierced. These make them as role models.
Nose piercing was first recorded in the Middle East approximately 4,000 years ago, it is mentioned in The Bible in Genesis 24:22.
Nose piercing was bought to India in the 16th Century from the Middle East by the Moghul emperors. In India a stud (Phul) or a ring (Nath) is usually worn in the left nostril, it is sometimes joined to the ear by a chain, and in some places both nostrils and nasal septum are pierced.
Ancient Ayurvedic text Sushruta Samhita (Chikitsa Sthana Chapter 19) to suggest that nose piercing was prevalent from ancient period. Nose stud is widely worn in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu and in parts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, by both married and unmarried young women. It is known as â€˜mookkutthi.\’
Nose ring and nose stud are a preferred choice in North India and in several communities it is a must during marriage ceremonies. A nose ring or pin or stud can be made of gold, pearl and diamond. In some Hindu communities, the nose stud is not removed and it is a symbol of married women like sindoor and mangal sutra and is an essential part of Shodash Shringar or Solah shringar – the sixteen beautification processes of a bride.
According to the Hindu Ayurvedic scriptures, the piercing of the nose near a particular node (marma) on the nostril lessens the pains of a woman\’s monthly cycle and facilitates childbirth. These crucial nodes on the human body are known as â€˜marma\’, not dissimilar to acupuncture points.
The left side is the most common to be pierced in India, because that is the spot associated in Ayurveda (Indian medicine) with the female reproductive organs, the piercing is supposed to make childbirth easier and lessen period pain.
In traditional Chinese medicine, the left side of the body is considered YIN (feminine) and the right side of the body is considered YANG (masculine). If one is left-handed, then the polarities are reversed.
Solah Shringar – 16 beautification processes of a bride.
Solah shringar refers to the sixteen adornments of a Bride for beautification. Solah Shringar is especially important for an Indian bride on the most significant day of her life. Different kinds of beauty rituals are associated with the wedding day. In India, the beautification of the bride consists of sixteen parts and covers almost every part of the body right from the head to the toe.
The Solah Shringar ritual is said to correspond to the sixteen phases of the moon which has a negative effect on the woman\’s menstrual cycle. Solah Shringar is said to nullify this effect. The term shringar is also associated with Goddess Lakshmi, who is a model wife and the representation of female beauty, good luck, prosperity and fertility.
Solah Shringar is representation of femininity and our culture. The bride\’s solah shringar starts from the top with her hair and ends at her toe. Solah shringar (literally meaning sixteen decorations) is traditionally marked by the sixteen items of cosmetics and jewelry. Female relatives and friends of the bride participate in the process of adorning her.
16 beautification processes of a Bride
and Wedding dress. saree, lehenga etc
and The Brides hair is then styled and adorned with flowers and jewelry. After that makeup is done on her face.
and The eyes are highlighted with Kajal to make it more attractive and appealing.
and After that the Bindi which has a strong religious implication and is a sacred symbol of a married woman is put on the bride\’s forehead and decorated with red and white dots around it and along the eyebrows.
and A hair accessory called Maangtika is worn on the central parting of the hair of the bride mostly made out of gold and embellished with semi precious stones, pearls or diamonds.
and The Bride is made to wear the Nose Ring making her look traditional and ethnic. This ring is made of gold with pearls or other precious gems and is worn on the left nostril and is supported by a gold chain, which extends just behind left ear.
and Ear rings adorn the ears of the bride. Since the ear rings worn by bride are quite heavy they are normally supported by a gold chain passing over the crown of the head.
and Necklaces and chains of different lengths which is usually made of gold and embellished with diamonds, pearls or other precious stones are also worn by the bride. Mangalsutra (Thaali) which is worn around the neck is tied by the groom during the wedding rituals.
and Baajuband or armlets are worn on the upper arms of the bride over the sari blouse.
and Mehendi is another significant shringar of the bride which is applied on the bride’s hands and feet in a special pre-wedding ritual in India.
and The Bride wears bangles or bracelets made of gold, glass or other metals depending upon the custom.
and A bride wears eight rings in both her hands, which are attached with a central flower or medallion that covers the upper part of the hand called hathphulor.
and Kamarband is a beautifully designed gold or silver belt is worn around the waist of the bride studded mostly with beautiful gems.
and Silver or gold anklets are worn on the ankles of the bride and toes are adorned with toe rings made of silver or gold. The feet are also decorated. In some regions a thick red line is drawn along the outer border of the foot. In other areas, mehandi designs are applied to the feet.
and And finally itar or fragrance is applied on to the bride to keep her fresh and smelling good.
and Sindoor is applied on the central parting of the hair during the wedding ceremony.