Wearing toe rings is highly practiced by almost every woman in India. It is worn as a symbol of married state by Hindu women and is called bichiya (pronounced: bee-chee-ya) in Hindi, Mettelu in Telugu, Metti in Tamil & kalungura in Kannada. Toe rings, also known as bichwa, are a must for married Hindu women in almost every corner of India. Tradition of wearing toe rings carries tremendous social significance for married Hindu women in India.
If a man or woman dies, within 40 days, the husband or wife will die. It is not just two bodies meeting, not just two minds and emotions meeting. Two lives being merged into one. So they put this metal on the toes and also on the ring finger because if there is metal and certain strategic places in your body you will not accidentally leave your body.
Toe Rings have been part of Indian culture since Treta Yuga Ramayana time. As per history, when Ravana abducted Sita Devi, she threw her toe ring in the way, so that lord Rama could find her. So from the Ramayana times, till now, toe rings have been a part of a married woman’s jewellery box.
In many different Indian cultures, the husband puts the toe rings on his wife’s second toe of both feet, during the wedding ceremony. Now the traditional chunky designs are gone and are replaced with funky designs while most of them are still made from silver or metal alloys. Also it is said just because that particular nerve in the second finger from the toe, also connects the uteruses and passes through the heart. Because of this, the constant friction caused while walking and doing all sorts of chores during a day, it revitalizes the productivity organs.
Scientific and Ayurvedic Reason:
- Some Men frequently wore a ring on the big toe for curative purposes or to augment their masculine vigor.
- As Silver being a good conductor, it also absorbs the energy from the polar energies from the earth and passes it to the body, thus refreshing the whole body system.
- Wearing toe ring to the second toe has sexual/erotic effect for women.
- The reflexology content does mention treating gynecological problems by massaging the second toe as a part of acupressure.
- There is also a belief that the wearing of toe rings press on certain nerves that pertain to the reproductive system, keeping it in balance and healthy.
- Indians believe that your prana or life force must be in balance in order for you to stay healthy.
- All of the paths of your prana run down to your toes, so the idea that a marital symbol could double up as a reproductive enhancer is not a big stretch.
- By wearing this on both feet, it is believed that a woman’s menstrual cycle course is regularized with even intervals. This gives good scope for conceiving to married women.
A toe ring is a ring made out of various metals and non metals alike. Toe rings can be made from gold, sliver, platinum, beads, glass, and clay. In addition, toe rings can be worn on any toe. Almost every woman wear toe ring on the second toe of either the right or the left foot. These days, it is very interesting to observe that craze in western countries about toe rings are reaching to a new level in a relatively new fashion trend.
Men do follow this trend or wave of using female jewellery. There isn’t any case in history books so far about men wearing it. Few studies conducted in Australia say men also can wear rings which can indirectly help their masculine hormone vigour.