10 Striking Maang Tikka Designs for the Indian Bride

Can you ever picture an Indian bride without a maang tikka? No, right? A maang tikka is something that is integral to the Indian bridal look and a part of the 16 adornments of ‘solah singaar’ that a bride needs to wear during her wedding.

Since it is such an important accessory, maang tikkas these days come in a variety of designs, each adding grace and elegance to the bridal ensemble. Falling gently on the forehead, a maang tikka becomes the focal point of a bride’s face, making it all the more important to choose a striking design. So what are some of the best maang tikka design options for the bride? Here is a look.

1. Pendant Style Maang Tikka

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This is the simplest of the Maang Tikka designs and looks elegant and understated. Choose a pendant studded with a stone that matches your outfit. A pure gold pendant is also a versatile choice that can be paired with just about any outfit.

2. Oversized Maang Tikka 

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An oversized maang tikka like the one worn by Sonam Kapoor is slightly unconventional and quite a daring choice for a wedding. But if you want to include a statement piece in your ensemble, then this could just do the trick!

3. Passa or Jhoomar

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Mostly worn by Muslim brides, the passa or jhoomar comprises of multiple pearl strands that end in a pendant. It is worn on one side of the forehead, giving the wearer a regal appearance, reminiscent of the Mughal era.

4. Matha Patti 

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Elegant, and yet more elaborate than a simple pendant style maang tikka is the matha patti. With a pendant hanging from the center and two chains framing the face, the matha patti almost resembles a head band. It works like a charm during the phera ceremony when your hairdo is not very elaborate.

5. Multi Layer Matha Patti

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A multi-layer matha patti is more elaborate when compared to a simple matha patti. This works in favour of brides who do not wear a dupatta on their head. This extravagant headgear will definitely add to the lavishness of your bridal ensemble in an instant and also help keep your hair in place.

6. Borla 

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A traditional Rajasthani maang tikka, the borla has a spherical pendant hanging from a chain. It has gained popularity these days, thanks to Bollywood fashionistas like Sonam Kapoor being seen in it on the ramp. It makes for an excellent choice when you want to wear something that is truly traditional.

7. Antique Kemp Set

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Traditional Tamil brides wear this gorgeous set studded with rubies and emeralds set in a golden chain that frames the face. The circular pendant also features precious stones that add to its charm. This set comes with two pairs of pins depicting the sun and the moon, which are worn on either side of the parting.

8. Chaand Bali Style Maang Tikka 

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The popularity of the chaand balis as bridal earrings has resulted in maang tikkas also being shaped like them. These kundan and pearl studded beauties complement just about any outfit and suit almost all face shapes.

9. One Side Maang Tikka

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In a bid to be different, brides will go any extent to choose extremely rare pieces of accessories. This one sided maang tikka is one such piece, offering you a novel design that is perhaps not seen before. This suits hairdos where you have bangs or a fringe on one side that covers your forehead. The other side can be adorned with this piece which will seamlessly merge into your hairdo.

10. Jewelled Chain 

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Move aside pendants and chaand balis for here is a stunning and gorgeous head gear that comprises of only chains worn in a way that they beautify the hairdo. While this is not a maang tikka by definition, it does serve the purpose of one. Wear such a piece if you actually want to set yourself apart from the crowd!

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