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The tinkling of bangles that have been a family heirloom, the lingering scent of tuberoses all over the house and the magic of potent shehnai at the backdrop, the auspicious and joyous ambience speaks out loud that the wedding season is here.
India a land of multiple cultures and each community with their own traditions mean that every community has their own interpretation and rituals associated with wedding. This difference is also manifested in the distinctive jewelleries of each community that sets them apart from each other. So here is my ode to the 15 amazing bridal jewelleries from India that deserves all your attention. So here we go-
- Borli– This is a round shaped ornament attached to the maang tikka. Wearing borli is customary for Marwari and Rajput brides.
- Chandan Haar– This bespoke neckpiece beautifully adorns the Gujarati bride against the canvas of the traditional Panetar saree and Gharchola Odhni. It is said to be inspired from Goddess Lakshmi and invokes the goddess for her blessings.
- Dholbiri– The dholbiri, a unique bridal neckpiece are worn by the brides from Assam. The ‘dhol’ refers to a special drum distinctive of Assam. The pendant of the neckpiece resembles the dhol.
- Dejhoor– Dejhoor is an ornament for the ears bedecked by Kashmiri Pandit brides. Dejhoor is hexagonal (Shatkon) with a dot (Chunne) at the centre made of gold. The dejhoor symbolizes Shiva and Parvati.
- Jadanagam– Jadanagam or hair serpent enhances the beauty of a radiant Tamil bride. Studded with rubies and gold jadanagam adorns the long hair of the Tamil bride and takes her divine look to a few notches higher!
- Jhoomar or Passa– The regal Jhoomar or Passa sits exquisitely on the left side of the head of a Muslim bride. Also known as the side tikka, Passa is made of gold, pearl, silver, crystal or kundan.
- Kalire– These umbrella-like hangings are tied along with the red and white chooda in the hands of a Punjabi bride. Kalire is redolent of the happiness and the auspicious bond shared between the bride and the groom. The metal of the kalire heralds wealth and prosperity. The golden or silver colour the kalire is symbolic of the good wishes showered on the bride. The coconut like structure of the kalire indicates that the bride never faces shortage of food in her new dwelling.
- Kasulaperu– This gorgeous neckpiece is worn by Telugu brides on their special day. Kasulaperu consist single string of gold coins. These coins have the image of goddess Lakshmi embossed on them. This neckpiece draws its inspiration from the ancient coin necklace depicted in Amravathi and Nagarjunakonda.
- Kolhapuri Saaz-This is an ethereal necklace comprising of 21 leaf shaped pendants which are embossed with the different avatars of Vishnu and Ashtamangala. As the pearl stringed mundavlya embraces her forehead and the Kolhapuri saaz creates a pleasant aura, the Marathi bride redefines elegance.
- Kynjri ksiar– Garbed in the Jainsem, the khasi bride of Meghalaya looks incandescent. She wears a unique pendant known as kynjri ksiar which is carved out of 24 carats gold. This is also adorned by the Jaintia tribe of Meghalaya.
- Mantasha– Intricate design of chandan, deep red alta smeared hands and the red and white saakha-pola collectively denote a new beginning for the Bengali bride. However, it is her antique finish gold mantasha worn in her hand that completes the look.
- Mullamottu– Intrinsic to the gold jewellery ensemble of the Malayali bride, mullamottu mala is a traditional, resplendent neckpiece that is a symbol of divinity.
- Naath– The naath or nosepin of the Bihari bride is symbolic of her marital status. At the same time it also denotes blessings from her family during the journey of motherhood.
- Oddiyanam– Oddiyanam is the gold high-waist belt donned by brides from South India. It comprises of the images of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha that beckon prosperity, peace and blessings for the newly-wed woman.
- Tehri Naath– Tehri Naath or Nathuli is bedecked by married women of Kumaon, Garhwal and Jaunsar-Bawar region of Uttarakhand. This remarkable piece of Pahari jewellery adorns the nose of the bride. The weight and the number of pearls on the Nathuli indicate the status of the bride’s family.
So how many types of jewellery from these you knew already? Don’t forget to comment below.
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