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Abroad Portrait 72
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"Indian Jewel"
Mumbai, India

Throughout India, you’ll notice the women adorn their noses with a sparkling stud. Although the piercing is typically associated with Hindu women, both Hindi and Muslim women can be seen sporting a little gem throughout India. Typically the left nostril is favored because in Ayurvedic medicine, the left nostril is associated with the female reproductive organs, and a piercing in that position is thought to make childbirth easier. Piercings in India, including nose piercings, are one way Hindus honor Parvathi, the goddess of marriage, and the stud has a long history of decorating Hindi married women. Today, though, unmarried women and even young girls often ornament their noses with jewelry.

"Indian Jewel"

Mumbai, India

Throughout India, you’ll notice the women adorn their noses with a sparkling stud. Although the piercing is typically associated with Hindu women, both Hindi and Muslim women can be seen sporting a little gem throughout India. Typically the left nostril is favored because in Ayurvedic medicine, the left nostril is associated with the female reproductive organs, and a piercing in that position is thought to make childbirth easier. Piercings in India, including nose piercings, are one way Hindus honor Parvathi, the goddess of marriage, and the stud has a long history of decorating Hindi married women. Today, though, unmarried women and even young girls often ornament their noses with jewelry.