The nose ring is one such important jewellery item worn by not only married but also unmarried Hindu women. The importance of this jewellery piece differs across the country. Ayurveda believes that the nose is a node which governs the uterus. So it is believed that if it is pierced and a metal like gold or silver worn there, it would lessen the pain during the menstrual cycle of a woman. There is another school of thought which believes that it prevents nasal infection which is why in olden days even men used to wear nose rings.
There is proof according to Ayurveda that the left nostril of a woman is linked to her reproductive organs. The nose ring thus is a sign of being in good health and is a permanent feature of many women.
With the number of states in India, this simple jewellery is worn in many forms across the country. In South India it is called a Mukkuthi and in the states in North India it is called a nath. Maharashtra and Konkan coast call it the Nath and the Konkanis wear it in a particular fish shaped ornament.
There has always been a reason why our ancestors have done something and the nose ring is only adding to prove this.