In India jewellery is not just a piece of ornament to enhance one’s beauty. It is a part of the Indian tradition and culture aka ‘Riti Riwaz’. In the Indian culture jewellery plays a symbolic role especially after women’s marriage and most of it is associated with good health and well-being of the husband and his family.
One such tradition that is popular in Hindu and Muslim communities alike is wearing a toe ring or bichiya after marriage. This tradition dates back to the vedic times and generation after generation women have been told that if married women don’t wear bichiya then it can adversely affect the husband’s health and also bring financial adversities to the family.
When I got married, I was told the same. The same fear was being instilled in my heart. However, I am one who firmly believes that our vedas are the richest and the most advanced knowledge resource that we can ever have. And if some tradition dates back to that era then there has to be a scientific validation to it. So before following the tradition, I checked Google and realised that each and every Indian tradition which is now named as superstitious or orthodox has a scientific reason behind it. And if it doesn’t have a scientific reason then it doesn’t belong to our vedic times. They are simple fears used in favour of a particular section of the society.
Wearing toe-ring in the 2nd and 3rd toe has a scientific reason behind it. It is believed that there is a network of nerves that start from the brain, carries the hormones from the pituitary gland to the uterus and it extends downward till the toe. Wearing toe rings regulates the blood flow and the supply of hormones to the uterus thus enhancing fertility and uterus health of women. It helps the married women get pregnant easily without any troubles. Wearing toe rings helps the married ladies in keeping their monthly cycle regulated.
You must be wondering if menstrual cycles didn’t matter to the unmarried girls. But there are instances where unmarried girls used to wear toe ring in the 3rd toe to ease the menstrual pain.
There is an astrological connect also. Do you know that moon takes almost 28 days to orbit around the earth and it is exactly the same as the period of menstrual cycle. I am not going in further details but if you are interested, you can read about it here. Silver is also said to be the conductor of coolness, hence, wearing them in feet helps the women to remain calm and feel fresh.
Having said all of that, a toe ring doesn’t have curative properties. It is just a preventive measure adopted by our ancestors. There is no evidence that not wearing a toe ring would necessarily mean pregnancy issues or attract bad omen. So if you are not comfortable in wearing a toe ring and it hurts you, then you better do away with it.
But be informed before you CHOOSE to wear toe rings. Don’t curse the institution of marriage for making you wear all of that. Once, you have made a choice, wear it wholeheartedly and believe in the science behind it.