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Mangalsutra – Holy Matrimony Starts here

There are a lot of ceremonies & rituals in a traditional Indian wedding. Among them the most sacred and auspicious one is tying the mangalsutra (the sacred knot). It’s a chain or a necklace which is tied to the bride by the groom on the wedding day at the fixed ‘muhurth'(the auspicious time pre-decided by the priest mostly based on horoscope).The word Mangalsutra is derived from Sanskrit word ‘Mangala sutra’. ‘Mangala’ means holy and ‘sutra’ means thread. However, there are different names of Mangalsutra in different parts of India like thaali, mangalasutramu, mangal sutra, maangalyamu, Minnu etc in their respective languages.

mangalyasutra, wedding

However, the practice of tying mangalsutra is not followed traditionally all over India. This tradition is followed in South India and some parts of north India.If you go towards Southern part of the country like Kerala; tying mangalsutra is the main function in a wedding ceremony. In some other places they follow rituals like wearing a toe ring, taking the seven pheras etc which have equal importance.
Usually mangalsutra will be a golden chain where black beads will be woven into the chain.The amount of gold used in the chain shows the financial status of the family. In some places especially in south India the mangalsutra is a gold pendant which is tied in a yellow thread (thread color gained by turmeric). In some other parts the gold pendant is put in a gold chain. The size of the chain shows the family status here as well.
The gold pendant comes in a variety of designs. This pendant design varies from caste to caste and you could identify the caste of a woman by the mangalsutra she is wearing. But all these are old story, modern brides prefer trendy mangalsutra which are widely available in the market. Current trend is diamonds fixed in the mangalsutra which look so elegant ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
Different types of Mangalsutra

Time passes by and changes can be seen in the culture.Unlike olden times, now we can see a mix and match of traditions also. Still such memorable and pure rituals never changes and its our duty to pass such heritage to our coming generations which makes our country and culture unique.