Nowadays, you might have noticed people wearing different hairstyles. Having long hair has become a trend today. Not only women but men have also started experimenting on their hair. The fact is, it has all come from ancient times. But, do you know the meaning of Shikha? Remember Brahmans keeping a shaved head with a long tuft of hair at the back? That is called a Shikha or Juttu hairstyle. Therefore, in this excerpt, we will discuss the meaning, significance and types of Shikha.
The Ancient Lifestyle And Hairstyle
Keeping a shaved head with a tuft of hair at the back is called ‘JUTTU.’ When we picture that Juttu hairstyle, I am sure everybody will have a big laugh. However, wearing JUTTU was not a tradition in ancient times. It was a natural thing, just like wearing long hair with varied colour is now. With changing times, older people too have changed. But you will find Karmata Brahmins still wearing a JUTTU. Have you seen your neighbouring priest having JUTTU? That’s right, this is how pristine it was before. The JUTTU is also called ‘SHIKHA.’
Types Of Tuft of Hair or Shikha
Wondering how possibly a small tuft can have types? Well, older people weren’t that boring now. The Agra Shikha is a ‘CROWN LIKE’ hair tuft on the forehead. The head is shaved except in an area equal to Gopada. That hair is then tied to give perfection. Remember girls wearing the same hairstyle these days except the shaved heads? Yes, all the new ideas are just a remake of the retro.
The second is Prushta Shikha. It is a type of tuft of hair worn at the back of the head. Well, this one is easy to picturise. Recall your priests wearing this cut. The question is, why do people wear such hairstyles? Fashion couldn’t possibly be the answer. So, what can?
The Old Belief Regarding Tuft of Hair or Shikha
On studying Indian culture, we understood that there are two reasons for wearing a Shikha. The first reason lay emphasis on protection. The area where Shikha is worn is said to have thin bones. The crown area is also the place of Sahasrara chakra. A Sahasrara Chakra brings peace and balance to your mind and body. It helps you overcome obstacles and provide a feeling of completeness.
Brahmarandhra is also said to be present in the crown area. It is called the ‘PASSAGE OF LIFE’. The passage through which life enters and exits the body. So, to protect these areas, men, especially Brahmins, wear a tuft of hair. It is so fascinating to know that older people had such strong beliefs and vivid knowledge.
What Science Says
A scientific reason for wearing Shikha is to RETAIN HEAT. Biology says that the body’s heat is mainly lost through the head and face. Now you understand why? Shikha helps in occupying and trapping the heat on the head.
Let the Custom Stay
Every question has an answer. The old traditions and customs are full of exceptional theories which have scientific roots. Next time before laughing at a person wearing a JUTTU remember they have vast knowledge and exquisite ideas. With time changing so rapidly, accept your tradition and let the custom stay. Let people do what they wish. Despite bringing them down, lift them up.