The wearing of toe ring (மெட்டி/கணையாழி) is highly practiced among the married women in India, especially in Tamilnadu.
It is a tradition and a symbol, like Thaali or Sindhur, to identify married women in the society.
The custom of wearing toe rings seems to be followed from the Vedic period, as there are traces about this in the ancient scriptures of Sanskrit and Tamil.
Many literary works from the ancient period, also mention about the toe ring. In the great Indian epic called ‘Ramayana’ toe ring plays a vital role. While Ravana abducted and forcefully taken Sita to his palace in Lanka, on the way, she threw her toe ring (kaniazhi) as a trace for Lord Rama to find her. This is an obvious instance showing the use of toe rings in ancient times.
Apart from a custom, is there any other significance?
It’s not only a sign that the woman is married, it’s also a science. As per the traditional systems of medicines wearing toe rings, has got significant role to play in their sexual as well as reproductive life.
It is believed that wearing of toe rings will regularize Menstrual cycle course, in married women, with even intervals. This gives good scope for conceiving in married women.
Toe rings are usually made of silver and if you notice, the toe ring will always be on the toe next to the big toe, of the right leg as well as the left leg.
As per the traditional systems of medicine one particular nerve in the second finger from toe, connects the uterus and passes through the heart. Wearing a toe ring, will put a constant pressure over this nerve, which is believed to be beneficial for revitalizing the reproductive organs.
It will control the uterus and keep it healthy by producing evenly balanced blood pressure to the uterus. Being a good conductor, Silver also absorbs the polar energies from the earth and passes on to the body, thus refreshing whole body system.