In the Western, when you say, “I do”, you exchange rings while in the Indian culture, a scared necklace is put on the bride by the groom, on the wedding day, solemnizing the marriage. This necklace made of black beads and gold, is termed as Mangaslutra. The word 'mangalsutra' is derived from the two words, mangal meaning holy or auspicious and sutra meaning thread. Thereafter, the wife wears the mangalsutra all her life or till the time the husband is alive as a sign of their marriage, mutual love and goodwill, understanding and faithful commitment to one another.
Each black bead in the mangalsutra is believed to have divine powers that protect the married couple from the evil eye and is believed to safeguard the life of the husband. The interesting aspect of the mangalsutra is that its design differs as per the different various ethnicities of the Hindu cultures. In the South, the Waati and the Thaali designs are the customary style. While in the North- whether it is the Bengalis, Punjabis, Gujratis or Marathis, they prefer a grander look with peacock or filigree work. However, the tradition of the ancient times, while still a must-have for brides has now adopted a more contemporary style. You now have more light-weight options and also combined with gems such as cz or diamonds, and even available as sets with earrings, all in 22k gold.
Brides reach out to us with requests where they want to be respectful of their culture and at the same time want to be in sync with the fashionable times of today. We host a vast assortment of Mangalsutras that cater to the divine taste of every Indian bride. Let the bond of togetherness be with a style that you cherish and if you would like to renew your vows this anniversary, pick a different style for a change.
26 April 2015Posted in Tips & How-to By