3 Types of Traditinal Indian Tattooes - Check The Best Photos!


From time immemorial, a tattoo was considered to be a symbol of the amulet in India.

It was believed that the warrior wearing a certain image on the body becomes invulnerable, and young girls hoped for a successful marriage and a large offspring.

Each family had its own secret pattern, which was passed on from generation to generation. Therefore, a certain type of tattoo was the distinctive symbol of a particular family.


Nowadays, the most popular techniques for inking are mehendi and tilaka.

  • Mehendi. This kind of body painting implies painting a picture of henna, and it originates from ancient wedding rituals. Elegant ornament, which is depicted on the body of the bride symbolizes fertility and success.
  • Tilaka. The pattern is tattooed on the skin with ashes or clay and symbolizes Hinduism. In India, the red dot on the forehead (the third eye) is the most popular image of this sign.



In India, tattoos depicting the gods (Kali, Shiva, Krishna, etc.) or sacred animals (tiger, cow, snake) are the most popular.

If you have already decided on the tattoo design and your chose the Indian deity, you should know that it’s very large, so it’s better to tattoo the image on your back or chest. Don’t forget that this type of image carries a huge energy charge, so this choice should be done very responsibly.

Images in the form of an Indian deity are suitable for a man, keen on the same religion, which fully shares its views.

In order to ink a tattoo with Indian deities, you should choose the upper body part, because it is where the appropriate energy flow passes, moreover, it is considered to be a disregard for religion to tattoo this type of image below the belt.


  • Tiger. The masculinity. A symbol of cruelty, aggression, power.
  • Cow/bull. Heavenly sign of the moon. Horns symbolize the month, milk — the Milky Way. It endows endurance, peace of mind.
  • Snake. A female symbol, which means power, secret knowledge, the secret of life and death. Perfect place for inking is the spine (there are energy flows echoing with the energy of the snake).


  • Dream catcher — a guardian from evil spirits, disturbing peace of mind. It is tattooed on the shoulder blade or thigh, as well as well combined with the image of a bear, a wolf or a fox.
  • Hamsa (the palm of God Fatima) is a powerful protective amulet, a symbol of the home. Most often depicted on the shoulder or back of the neck.
  • Lotus is a symbol of eternity and longevity. Often, a lotus is depicted as a throne for a deity. A blue flower means that its owner possesses sacral knowledge.
  • Peacock feather is a symbol of the god Buddha and inner sight. It brings glory and success to its owner. It is suitable for being tattooed on any part of the body. It can also serve as the basis for a more complex image.

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