Pierced Nose

Hare Krsna Matajis PAMHO

I have a question lingering in my head for a long time, I've seen some Matajis with their nose pierced, and I wanted to know what meaning does it has inside Krishna Consciousness.

Thanks for your answers !


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  • Volunteer

    Hare Krishna dear Matajis, my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

    Thank You Hridaya Bhakti Mataji for a nice question and Rashmi Mataji for informative answers!

    I heard that nose ring in the left nose helps in child birth; left side of the nose is connected with feminine hormonal system. So wearing gold or silver or some original stones will help in child birth;

    Also gold reduces lust; so in previous ages people used to eat in gold, wear gold both men and women;

    Also left side nose air cools the body; it is connected to the left side of the brain;

    Left side of the brain is mostly responsible for feminine qualities;

    As like in Pranayam there is method when yogi takes breath from right nose closing left one and then excels from left then inhales from left and excels from right; This pranayam balances both masculine and feminine natures in the body;

    Wow never knew about effect of sindhur; but where we find nowadays original natural sindhur? And if no can we make it ourselves?

    Simple chemical may not have that effect of reducing lust, no?!

    Your servant,  

    • Hare Krishna Matajis

      My humble obeisances! 

      Thank you all for your answers, I've learned a lot from you and I'm very thankful to Krishna for it.


      Now I find a lot of sense in wearing the nose ring, maybe I'll get mine done...

      Thanks for the answers!

      From South America, Your Servant Hridaya Bhakti

      Hare Krsna

  • E-Counselor

    Hare KRsna Mataji,


    I am sorry my answer will not be a structured answer. I have gathered some things over the years. This is an assimilation of those things - I will not be able to give you shastric backing for what I have to say.

    Nose is pierced for beauty purposes. Generally ears and nose is pierced and some metal (mostly gold) ornament is put. Atleast for ears, it is said that the weight of the gold ornament makes the lower part of the ear sag a little, serves to regulate blood pressure in women. Men put the sacred thread round their right ear 3 times when they defecate - that is the way their BP is regulated.

    Earlier times, all the joints in our body which are capable of circular movement would be ornamented. Eg - necklace, bangles, anklets, waistbands, even finger and toe rings. This was to regulate the circular movement such that that joint does not sprain. Even now in India, if say a child is spraining ankles repeatedly, parents tie a black thread around the ankles (schools do not allow anklets to be worn due to western influence).

    Toe rings are specifically worn by married women. In earlier times, young girls would be given away in marraige. They would be made to wear toe rings so that firstly, it would make noise telling others where they are, secondly, it touches a nerve in the body which gives them maturity - making them less restless.   

    Sindoor / vermillion worn by married women in the parting of the hair also has a reason. The chemical in vermillion reduces the sexual urge in women. Therefore, the entire shringar or decoration of a woman's body has different meaning to it completely.

    One of the benefits of visiting temple is that it gives positive vibrations. Ancient temples are built according to vastu, such that the maximum positivity is inside the sanctum sanctorum and doign arati around the deities charges up the magnetic feild in that room. Taking arati, or having the holy water sprinkled on us after arati or drinling the holy water at temples serves to give us the benefit of such magnetism and positivity. It is said that ladies are wearing metal jewellery (gold, silver mostly) receive the positivity through those jewellery and it remains with them even after they go out of the temple.

    I am sorry, I am telling you my understanding of the Indian culture in very crude language. What I have come to figure out is that in the name of religion, such things like frustration and depression were automatically taken care of in earlier times.

    Regarding whether nose ring can be worn in Krsna Consciousness - in the light of whatever I have mentioned above, YES. If you see Mayapur deities, Radharani is very nicely adorned with elaborate nose ring (nath we call it).

    I hope I have been able to help you somewhat.


    Your servant,


    • Hare KRsna Mataji,


      Thanks for your answer, it helped a lot, one day I over heard 2 stories about the reason why most women in the Indian Culture pierce their left nose, 1. it was related to a sing of devotion from married women to Parvati, but I  haven't able to find a source that can explain the link. 2. It had to do also with helping reduce the sexual urge in women, because there is a nerve conected to it that passes along the left side of the nose. but still i haven't found any source to confirm or denied what I've overheard over time.

      I wish you Matajis forgive my uneducated person and the offenses I migh cause with this questions.

      Thanks for the answers!

      From South America

      Hare Krsna

    • E-Counselor

      Hare Krsna Mataji,


      Thanks for your answers - you told me something I havent heard before. Its possible.

      In the case of buffaloes or oxen used for farming, both the nostrils are pierced and a rope is put through them. It is said that this is done to regulate/ control the animal. Some nerve at that part sends signals to the brain to do as is demanded. All directions to the buffalo are given by the reins of that rope.

      Maybe similar reason for women to be made to pierce their left nose - maybe there is some nerve there which makes them more submissive and compliant.


      Your servant,


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