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Mangalsutra – The Indian tradition

Mangalsutra is considered as the symbol of marriage in India. The word mangalsutra is derived from sankrit word ‘mangal’ which means holy and ‘sutra’ meaning thread. The tradition of tying mangalsutra is followed among almost all the communities. It is a chain with a pendant tied by the groom to the bride on the marriage day. There are a wide variety of mangalsutra owned by differnet communities and sub castes. You can also find trendy mangalsutras in the market with expensive stones like diamonds and ruby.
 

marathi mangalsutra
marathi mangalsutra

The Above pic is of Marathi Mangalsutra which is a combination of black and gold beads in a double layer which symbolises shiva and shakti along with a pendant. The gold pendant resembles the union of shiva and shakti.
 
marwari Mangalsutra
marwari Mangalsutra

The black beads chain with diamond pendant is usually used by the the Marwaris, Gujaratis etc but its becoming a widely used trend in other casts too.
 
Kerala Hindu  thali
Kerala Hindu thali

 
Kerala Christian minnu
Kerala Christian minnu

These are the mangalsutra used in Kerala, they call it as ‘thali. First one is a Hindu mangalsutra known as ‘thali’ second being christian mangalsutra also known as ‘minnu’ .
 
Telugu mangalsutra
Telugu mangalsutra

It is seen that in Telugu communities the mangalsutra contains coral beads, gold coins etc along with the main pendant and gold chain.
 
Brahman thali
Brahman thali

 
In Tamil Brahmans the ‘thali’ or mangalsutra or ‘thirumangalyam’ is a pendent which is worn on ย a thread dipped in turmeric water. Later after the wedding the pendant is moved to a gold chain.
Kashmiri-bride-indian-wedding
The Kashmiri Pandits have a very different way of wearing mangalsutra, which goes ย through the ears.
How ever certain communities like Bengali’s, Oriya, Assamese do not follow the custom of tying mangalsutra. Modern brides prefer trendy mangalsutras which has become a big hit in the jewelry market.
The tradition of tying mangalsutra is the symbol of holy matrimony in India. In today’s India people prefer less jewelry and because of this trend people wear mangalsutra only to family functions, weddings etc. Our mother land is famous for the rich and varied traditions and we should be proud about such traditions.
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1 thought on “Mangalsutra – The Indian tradition

  1. I am really fond of mangalsutra and wear the big gold ones occasionally…For day to day wear I have a small and light chain kind of mangalsutra ๐Ÿ™‚
    I loved the south indian mangalsutra design ๐Ÿ™‚

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