From Ask Yahoo, 1998 :
|What does the red dot on the forehead of Indian women represent? What is it made of and at what age do they get it?|
More recently, a Forum post at Smallprint.org :
FINALLY, SOMEONE HAS CLEARED THIS UP FOR ME....
For centuries, Hindu women have worn a dot on
their foreheads. Most of us have naively thought this was
connected with marriage or religion...read the rest here