The Mangalsutra: A tradition that binds Hindu brides and grooms

Indian culture demands that a Hindu bride must wear the mangalsutra throughout her marital life to fortify her love and bonding for her husband.

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INDIA, July 9, 2017 – In India, the mangalsutra is important to a Hindu married lady in much the same manner that a wedding ring is to a married woman in the West.

The mangalsutra is not just a precious jewelry, however. It is regarded as a sacred thread that represents the eternal union of two individuals in holy matrimony.

Indian culture demands that a Hindu bride must wear the mangalsutra throughout her marital life to fortify her love and bonding for her husband. The ornament is more than a gem, it acts as a protective mechanism to ensure her husband’s health and well-being.

Mangalasutram literally means “an auspicious thread” and it usually a necklace with black beads strung from a black or yellow thread prepared with turmeric that is tied around the bride’s neck.

Mangalsutra at wedding; uncredited image from Hindu Wedding Rituals – https://www.weddingplz.com/blog/hindu-wedding-rituals-the-most-traditional-way-of-wedding/ and used for educational purposes

Sometimes gold, white or red beads are also added to the mangalasutram, depending on the regional variation. In its preparation, by family or an artisan, the groom historically ties the first knot, while his sisters tie the rest of the knots, one between each bead.

The black beads of the mangalsutra are the shield of protection that has the power to combat evil spirits and safeguard the wedded couple. The two cups or the circular plates are representative of the woman and the man.

Tradition necessitates the bridegroom to tie this authentic jewelry piece around the bride’s neck at the time of the saat pheras, when the holy wedding vows are taken.

Today’s modern Indian brides are are looking for updated designs that fit into their active and contemporary lives. The new-era modern and liberated women are looking for something new that will wear well with all modern dress, not just the traditional sarees.

In response to this demand, the innovative jewelry designers have come up with numerous new designs that are truly amazing and mesmerizing to meet the needs of liberated women that are looking for a design that will team with many different outfits, from sarees to western clothes. In response to this demand, the innovative jewelry designers have come up with numerous new designs that are truly amazing and mesmerizing. In response to this demand, the innovative jewelry designers have come up with numerous new designs that are truly amazing and mesmerizing including the growing demand for mangal sutra bracelets that come in sleek and smart designs for complementing your personality and overall look. There is a huge shift towards handmade

In response to this demand, the innovative jewelry designers have come up with numerous new designs that are truly amazing and mesmerizing including the growing demand for mangal sutra bracelets that come in sleek and smart designs for complementing your personality and overall look.

There is a huge shift towards unique handmade mangalsutras. Diamond mangalsutras in chic designs are a craze among the 21st-century Indian brides who are buying beautiful mangalsutras with sleek diamond pendants and matching diamond earrings.

Today’s mangalsutras come in easy-to-wear designs that are fun and truly lightweight to be worn with business wear, the corporate meeting or an evening gown.

The mangalsutra in geometric patterns complements the lifestyle of the modern Indian woman. The new-era mangal sutra is not just restricted to gold, platinum or silver. Today the modern Indian bride is opting for the contemporary look they love with romantic rose gold mangal sutras as well.

Often rose gold and white gold are used in combination to create the ultimate diva look that makes heads turn. The smart, contemporary, and unique designs that stand out from the rest are often created by artisans who fashion a one of a kind piece.

They are eco-friendly and perfect for accessorizing with both the quintessential Indian outfit called saree and the trendy western wear.

When selecting the mangalsutra, just like when selecting a wedding band and ring, here are some questions to keep in mind:

  • Is it within your budget? The money factor is perhaps the most important of the lot. There is a huge variation in price due to different materials, cuts and designs, so you should decide on a price bracket early on.
  • Does it suit your style? You should choose a piece that goes well with the outfits you usually wear. If you are used to wearing western apparel and T-shirts, you should try the sleeker, smaller designs rather than the gaudy traditional ones. It makes sense to keep two sets of mangalsutras as well so that you wear the less expensive one when using public transport and so on.
  • Is the quality good? Sturdier and shorter strings are the way to go as they cannot be tangled or pulled at. Look for something that has been certified and follows all quality standards.

Today the modern Indian bride could tell the entire world that she is happily married without really compromising on her fashion and style quotient.

Author Bio: Mandy Bular is a jewelry designer and enthusiast. She has been drawing minimal, as well as, ornate jewelry for over a decade.

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