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Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by sunkan, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. padmasowrirajan

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    Re: Ettukkallu Besthri Potta Eduppa Irukkum Mookku..

    Hi all,
    Oh its really a scintillating topic !!! I am into pierced batch!

    Actually, my nose piercing ceremony went without incident though i got it done by achari, who first-pierced my ears when i was a toddler, he kept talking and making fun and also no after effects. I pierced it when i was in 10th. I accepted for piercing with a compromise that i wll cut my hair to shoulder length, which i had touching my lower back. I was probably the only one in my whole class to wear one. But i never felt odd whatsoever.I used to keep squinting my eyes to look at my nose-ring which my friends used to make fun and we had real lol about it.

    I used to wear a small gold stud, but after marriage i am sporting a small diamond one.I even wanted to pierce my ears for second earing and got it pierced. I persuaded my hubby to get me diamond earrings for my second and first earrings. Usually they give that standard model for marriage, which i felt looked kind of olddy.My mom will keep telling me to wear diamond earring but i never used to wear that.After getting nakshatra model one i don't remove it. But i have to remove everything if i have to take oil bath, since oil gets settled in the diamond.

    My mom still wears her nosering with that base thing. It suits her with her 9 yards attire. It looks great with our conventional attire. My sister too had her nose pierced in 10th. she removes it now and then , since she has sinusitis. But, once we are used to looking at someone's face with it, it looks rather odd without them sporting it.

    I wanted to share a write up with you all since its relevant to our discussion.
    Happy reading!
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    It is widely believed and thought that the nose is exclusively for sensual smell and breathing only. But in a well established practices, this theory manipulates, that it connects with emotional, sexual and romantic propositions too! That's what the decorative ornaments and jewels to the Nose apparently causes - not only beautifying, but also significantly adds value to the marital life as well!

    The occultists belief strengthen it, being the 'seat' of the sixth sense, or the focal point that emits brainwave, is located just above the upper end of one's nose! Unless a convincing reply is given, a girl from Bangalore vowed not to pierce or wear a nose ring for life time! Ooops, GESP! Similarly, many Emails I got from the visitors, asking me to explain the Hindu Practice of wearing the nose rings and stead. In my website, under the caption of Women's favourite Ornaments, I had explained about the entire jewellery items used by the Indian women giving meaning for its significance and values. But this specific ornament known as Mukuthi in Tamil & Nath in Hindi needs a little more briefing. Hence you got this article! More so, my friend & Pal Saubhagyavathi Priyanka won't wear one without getting full details on this particular jewel!



    Certainly, the ancient Sages and Saints had a far better mode of understanding the human body's nature, functions, plus and minus points of daily behavioral patterns etc. And that too, without having a computer and scanners! Their advanced knowledge in every particle of this universe was the one that they had the enormous power to control everything... absolutely everything from their breath to body to mind and what not? Modern days telepathy system was conceived & practiced during the Vedic era. And to know about the human body mechanical system did they lag behind? Astonishingly, the practices of yester years bring more merits to their customs than just wondering. And according to the famous Ramayana, the Demon Ravan's sister Soorpanaka's nose was chopped off by Lord Ram's brother Laxman! This was to teach her a lesson for her misbehaviour! By disfiguring her nose, she was made not to think of any other men in her life!


    The custom to wear this ornamental jewel is typically different from one state to other, one caste to other and even different amongst communities. Some use it in their left nose, some at right and few wear it in both sides of their nose. Though it is mainly used for beautifying women, the in-depth meaning can't be termed as unfound myth. It is considered as a breath regularizing and some say it is just to eliminate the poison coming out while exhaling carbon. Because the practice varies from one part to another, one cannot be sure what the actual benefit derived is, by using this item. But traditions apart, every community and caste, without any barrier, uses this nose-stead. No one can deny, that this ornament adds extra beauty to the wearer!

    Also, there is a known close connection between the nose and the sexual reflexes. Believe me, the age old practice in India to predict a person's character, used to first observe the Nose of a person; it is also widely acclaimed in the "Samudrika Lakshanam", an art that studies the behavioral pattern of every individual, that points to the size, length, positioning etc. of a persons nose and predicts the character to the near accurate result. Even in the Medical terms, it is established beyond doubt, that swelling of the nasal spongy tissues and congestion of the nose occur during sexual excitement in human beings. The nasal passages of women swell, and occasionally bleed, during menstruation. Mr. Wilhelm Fliess (1858-1928 AD), an associate & close friend of Dr. Sigmund Freud, found a strange relationship between the nose and the female sexual apparatus, and held that certain gynecological complaints could be cured by cauterizing the appropriate parts of the nose.

    In males, it is believed to be an affinity between the nose and the virile member, and from ancient times it was thought that a large nose was a sign of a large male sexual organ. Similarly, a woman with a little nose is believed to have a small sexual apparatus or the desire to have/indulge in sexual pleasure is minimal. In a parallel custom, in a number of north European countries, and in England under the law of Canute (Canute the Great, Danish king of England,
    died Nov. 12, 1035 (1016–35 ) the punishment for adultery for both men and women was, amputation of the nose; not only to cause disfigurement and loss of physical attractiveness, but also to symbolize punishment for the offending genitals. In India, the deflowering of a virgin is symbolically referred to as the removal of the "Mookuthi" known as 'nath' in northern part of India or nose ornament. Normally, widows remove this nose-jewel, but now a days even this practice is stopped mostly.

    Quite apart from the above findings, the Abharana Bhushana Vidhi states, that wearing a nose ring or a nose stead is a must for a women, if one needs to enjoying life in its pleasurable counts. True. the carbon emanated during the sexual union, the poisonous emission is minimized due to the wearing of a metallic (Gold, Silver) ornament in the nose. Also, the oculists believed, it is very difficult to bring into control or hypnotize or mesmerize the women who wear such sort of nostril rings/Mookuthi/Nath etc. as this functions as a controlling the brainwave length thus avoiding a surrender to the opponent who try to hypnotize. Thus the Indian aesthetic befittingly adorns the female nose with an inspired ornament, which highlights its amorous connotations. Indeed amongst the many jewels with which the Indian woman adorns herself, the nose ornament (nath) is the perhaps the most seductive.

    Ornaments for the nose take on a variety of shapes ranging from tiny jeweled studs resting on the curve of the nostril, to large gold hoops that encircle the cheek with graceful pendant pearls dangling provocatively just above the upper lip. The Maharastrians used to wear a larger ring shaped nose ring, with heavy pearl decorated with, even that hangs up to the chin! Even today, the Adivasis are wearing a Nath weighing to the size of 5 to 10 grams The royal kingdom of every known state had a verities of collections on this particular jewel, ranging from single stead to a maximum of 17 stead stones that adorned their Nose - Nath! And from an ordinary plain white to a costliest Diamond were studded into this one piece ornament.

    One can imagine the ornament making a very soft, whirling but soft, like breeze moving over pipal leaves, as the head moves. The length and position of nose ornaments often came in the way of comfortable eating, prompting the Abbe Dubois, a Christian missionary who lived in south India in the 19th century, to observe in amazement: "The right nostril and the division between the two nostrils are sometimes weighted with an ornament that hangs down as far as the under lip. When the wearers are at meals, they are obliged to hold up this pendant with one hand, while feeding themselves with the other. At first this strange ornament, which varies with different castes, has a hideous effect in the eyes of Europeans, but after a time, when one becomes accustomed to it, gradually seem less unbecoming, and at last one ends by thinking it quite an ornament to the face."

    Right from Kanyakumari to Kashmir,as an integral part of traditional bridal jewelry, many aristocratic families have a special, Mookuthi - nath brought out during at weddings to be worn by the bride. This is now perhaps the only occasion on which today's urban woman wears the nath, (and in many weddings, I find it is a forgotten issue) evoking its powerful seductive charm. And to say least, the present day generation totally unaware of the values of yesteryears customs, never bother to wear one. In those Vedic Times and era, apart from parents, it was considered that only maternal Uncle or husband can offer the gift of Nose ornamental jewellery to a woman; taking a gift of nose ring or nath from any outsider, is considered to be an act of indiscipline. Such persons who receives gift of nose ring and nose steads (nath or mookuthi) from the strangers were, the one who served the Lord as Devadasis! (The women sect of a particular community who devoted their entire life to the Lords and Temples of their choice).



    Human body in itself is a mystery! No one can say for sure that one has fully control and knowledge of one's own body. Yes, now you can simply do this following test and find whether you are aware of this fact.




    Now take a deep breath. Exhale the same slowly. Check with your pointing finger taking it near to your nose, from which nostril the breathed air is coming out. From right or left nostril ? or from both side nostrils?


    FOR MEN :





    If the carbon is released through your right nostril then it is a good omen. When starting to do some thing new or when moving out of your home for some auspicious functions, check your breath is emitted from your right nostril. If it is from the left nostril or when the flow is from both nostrils then wait for few minutes to continue. The best timing for having sex with your partner is while the emission is from your right side nostril.





    FOR WOMEN:


    When the emission of carbon is from your left nostril, then it is the best time for you to start your activities. Also while planning for a child and having sex see that the carbon emission is through your left nostril. If emitted from both nostrils or from the right one, then it is considered inauspicious.

    Incidentally, the Mukuthi plays a vital part in married life too! In human anatomy, one cannot fully aware of his/her own body mechanism entirely. However, the ancient method to get any auspicious things started, they used to verify the breathe emanation (carbon release) from the nostril. The above is just a test to verify the three known exhaling methods, known in Sanskrit as Pranan, Vyanan & Abanan. It relates to the discharge from right nostril as pranan, from lest nostril as Vyanan and when exhaled from both nostrils it is known as Abanan. However for women, it is considered from the opposite! For women, if the breath is exhaled from left nostril, then it is considered as auspicious. These three types of carbon release takes place with every living creature, alternately within a specific intervals. This timing varies simply from person to person, depending of their nature of body fitness, shape & mould.

    I am asked by many visitors, why a jewellery ornament like the Nose Ring/Stead (well known as Mookuthi in the Southern Part of India, and as Nath in the northern states) is given much importance. You will find the reality - just by wearing it, one can experience the pleasure, that is immense and can be gauged only by the person who wears it! Sorry men, - Alas, it is not meant for You!


    Now I hope, even the present day girls and women would use this particular jewel, not just only to decorate and beautify their face, but also to give way to the wonderful experience of Life, experience as it comes! This will certainly add beauty to their already beautiful face!!

    Nose piercing is to take place before the age of 5-7 years old. In those olden days, they simply used to put a golden wire for the children below the age of seven and later. Later, when they grow, they used to wear different type of Nose stead (Mukkuthi) of their choice and liking with many design, stone studded and or even plain gold made one. And there was/is no creamy layer for any class, caste or creed! And no reservations on this particular subject as it was / is a custom with every Hindu women to wear a Nath (Mookuthi). However, depending on their wealth, they used decorate this ornament with costly jewels, precious stones and size. Almost all the Nath (Mukuthi) were made of only in Gold. If you consider this article is worthy and has a value to state, please spread word about this. Least, I am not branded again as a "pseudo-scientist"!
     
  2. sunkan

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    Re: Ettukkallu Besthri Potta Eduppa Irukkum Mookku..

    dear padma,
    very nice article, wish had known about this long back would had got my diamond mukkuthi. wonderful article with so many information makes one proud of our heritage and culture, filled with so many guidance for marriage and life..yes anyday the mookkuthi enhances the smile a woman has...sunkan
     
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    Re: Ettukkallu Besthri Potta Eduppa Irukkum Mookku..

    hi all
    Nice write up. I had it done when I was in my college and my mom took me to GRT, where they started doing without pain, that gun thing. the day we chose for nose piercing it that particular guy did not turn up and so the same old method of painful piercing only. I had a gold one on till my wedding and then on one small diamond one. Still I am scared to remove it for the pain it causes when you put it back. But I guess I would appreciate a ettukkal besari now I guess. Anyway it had been a nice reading .
    uma
     
  4. sunkan

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    Re: Ettukkallu Besthri Potta Eduppa Irukkum Mookku..

    Dear Uma,
    u know after writing this i want to go and get my self a diamond ettukallu for the simple reason i felt my god i just let life go by without looking into so many chinna chinna asai of mine to wear a nice mookkuthi, after all we wear it for self. regards sunkan
     
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    Re: Ettukkallu Besthri Potta Eduppa Irukkum Mookku..

    very nice article on 'nose-ring' Padma!

    Enjoyed reading it!

    sriniketan
     
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    Re: Ettukkallu Besthri Potta Eduppa Irukkum Mookku..

    Dear Sundari,

    I am one of of the 'non pierced' ones, but would give anything to get my nose pierced. Sadly everyone and everything is aginst my desire. Parents dislike it (even mom is non pierced). Husband abhors it, in-laws hate it. And then I am terrified of getting my nose pierced.

    But can never resist the temptation. Use good glue and sticker mukuthis. And really one day will take general anaesthesia and get my nose pierced. And wear a tiny, shiny diamond even if it is one day before I die.

    Nice to read all your experiences, ladies.
     
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    Re: Ettukkallu Besthri Potta Eduppa Irukkum Mookku..

    all the best vidya,
    tell me if you are getting it done here in bangalore i will also join you, duniya ko maaro goli, sometime you need to go against and enjoy small little freedoms...sundari
     
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    Re: Ettukkallu Besthri Potta Eduppa Irukkum Mookku..

    Hi,
    there was another aspect to the piercing. Usually a girl's right hose was pierced before marriage. As it used to be child marriages, once the girl attains puberty, she was sent to her inlaws house. Then the left was pierced before the Santhi muhurtham. SO it denoted the postition of a girl too.
    But, with all the scientific aspect etc. i wonder- the women of other countries do not have this. But they don't seem to have any problem.
    I am much against the old habits and rituals of our country. Many were brought into practice long long ago and with changing times, I find they have no meaning. One can say, we are holding on to culture.
    Another news is that my father was born to my gradma after loss of many babies. So he was named Pichchai and his nose, both, were pierced so that he would live long. It is believed that if there is some deformity, the person would live. He had that scar for life.
     
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    Re: Ettukkallu Besthri Potta Eduppa Irukkum Mookku..

    Nice thread to read. Surpirsingly i had an experience during this navarathri days which i would like to share this with you..

    I used to wear a big diamond nose pin presented by my parents. Though i dont like wearing big things , my mom suggested that for my (kili????)mooku big diamond nose pin looks beautiful. After somedays i removed it and started wearing a small ring . On the occation of this navarathri , i decided to change my nose pin to diamond one. i tried to wear it but since the hole is very small, i could not. somehow i pushed the thandu inside the hole and wore it. it started giving so much pain that i could not even sleep for 2 days with continuous headache. Since the pain was unbearable (like newly pierced nose) i decided to meet my physician. finally it ended up with oinment instead of mookuthi for the inflammation i got on the nose, and some antiboitics.(mookuthi poi marundu vandadu!!!!) now i bought a small nose pin to wear and trying to make the hole little big so that i can wear my big mookuthi .


    Now i can tell i wore a special mookuthi which noone can wear on the occasion of Navarathri festival.

    regards
    lal
     
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    Re: Ettukkallu Besthri Potta Eduppa Irukkum Mookku..

    dear varloo,
    i feel very sorry for your dad, pavam he had to bear the brunt for surviving after so many and to be marred the way they did...we also had an athai's son pichai but none of those piercing, and he became the reason for my athai a saintly woman to commit suicide, sad stuff...sunkan
     

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