Why Indian married Women Wear Toe RIngs

      Wearing of TOE RINGS is highly practiced 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 woman. Tradition of wearing toe rings carries tremendous social significance for married women in India. Both Hindu's and Muslim Women wear these Toe rings, as a symbol of Married state.
They are usually made of silver and worn in pairs on the second toe of both feet.

why indian women wear toe rings, Scientific use of toe ring

Why they use only Silver and Why Not gold:

              'Bichiyas' may not be made of gold, as gold holds a 'respected' status and may not be worn below the waist. Indians especially Hindus believe that gold is the metal of the God Lakshmi Devi, The Goddess of Wealth, and therefore they considers it inappropriate to wear gold below the waist..

Scientific and Ayurvedic Reason behind wearing Toe Rings:

  • Some Men frequently wore a ring on the big toe for curative purposes or to augment their masculine vigor.
  • Wearing toe ring to the second toe has sexual/erotic effect.
  • The reflexology texts also mention about treating gynaecological problems by massaging the second toe.
  • 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.
  • Ancient Ayuvedic medicine has long been used along side acupressure. 
  • 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 in both feet, it is believed, that their menstrual cycle course is regularized with even intervals. This gives good scope for conceiving to married women. 
  • Also it is said just because that particular nerve in the second finger from toe, also connects the uteruses and passes thru heart. Because of this, the constant friction caused while walking and doing all sorts of chores during a day, it revitalizes the productivity organs. 
  • 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 whole body system.
Thus we came to know another part of the Indian culture...
How this tradition of Wearing a toe ring deals with Acupressure and women issues(thinking that's the word i have to use here)...
Thank You..



  1. good post.. good insights about few traditions followed. Not all are blind ones.

  2. Interesting..but what is the proof? The "scientific facts" lose credibility when used with phrases like "It is said that" and "It is believed that". It is a well known myth now that the ring finger of the left hand has a vein connecting the finger with the heart ,that's why the wedding ring is put on that finger.
    Doing something out of tradition is great. But trying to give it a scientific backing (that too without proof) is unnecessary.
    Even if science says there are no benefits of wearing toe ring but your tradition requires you to wear it, it's your call whom to choose.

    1. Miss/Mrs. Grace,
      Your reasoning is very genuine and correct but you must observe that "Scientific proofs" are all based on assumptions and possibilities..
      Like you said "The "scientific facts" lose credibility when used with phrases like "It is said that" and "It is believed that"." Phrases like "said that/believed that" are also assumptions. So science cannot be considered as a tool to establish facts in all the cases.
      Here is the proof to my claims..


  3. what is Polar energy? Can you explain in more details

  4. Nice blog!! India is famous for its different culture and rituals.People live in India with different types of culture.These rituals are amazing.By these rituals people come close to each other ,they understand each other because they all sspend some time together.
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  5. scientific facts are just facts...which have been proven. proofs are just facts which aren't based on assumptions...

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