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Importance of 16 Adornments in Indian Mythology

November 28, 2017
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It is a dream of every girl to look ravishing and beautiful on her wedding day. The solah shringar or 16 ornaments interestingly covers the Indian bride from head to toe. The 16 ornaments for the Bride commonly known as solah shringar are adorned so as to highlight her beauty and have a captivating bridal look.The Indian bride gets a celestial aura as she adorns solah shringar which include:

Wedding dress

A beautifully embellished traditional wedding dress whether it is a sari, or lehenga or a salwar suit. The wedding dress is heavy embroidery with traditional motifs in golden colored thread.

Hair styling

This includes braiding or making a hair bun which is adorned with a string of flowers commonly Jasmine as well as other hair accessories and symbolizes unification of both the families.

Hair Accessories

These include Maang-Teeka, a Mang-Patti and are known to empower the bride with spiritual energies and intuitive power.

Bindi or Teeka

This sacred mark on the forehead is a circular red dot of vermilion powder and is donned in the between the eyebrows. The forehead of the bride is also decorated with red and white bindies. In Indian mythology, a mystical eye rests in the center of the eyebrows and thus protects her from bad times

Vermillion

Commonly known as (Sindoor) this is the auspicious sign of wedlock and is applied by the groom to bride’s central parting of the hair. Red in color it represents the fertility power of a woman and symbolizes the energy of Parvati and Sati who bestows prosperity fortune and longevity to her husband.

Kohl

It is made of soot of Deepak is applied on the eyelids and is believed that it wards off the evil eyes and protects the bride.

Nose ring

This is made of pearls or gems or diamonds and worn in the left nostril. It symbolizes royalty and bravery

Ear Rings

Earrings made of gold the temple design of jhoomar is considered to be auspicious.

Chain and Necklace

Commonly known as Manglasutra this is made of gold and black beads and it is put by groom during the marriage rituals. It symbolizes a long-lasting marriage and the bride wears it lifelong.

Armbands

Worn on the upper arm, they are made of gold, or silver in Rajasthani designs and are said to safeguard from evil.

Henna

This paste is applied in intricate designs to hands and feet of both bride and groom. It is said that darker is the color of henna the deeper will be the love of your soul mate.

Bangles and bracelets

A newly married woman shouldn’t perform any chores until her wedding bangles are removed. Bright kalrias are attached to bangles on the wedding day.

Thumb rings

It incorporates small mirrors in which the bride takes the glimpse of her life-partner and herself.

Waistband

It is made of gold and is a sign of future success.

Anklets

Made of silver it announces her entry to her groom’s house and life.

Scent or Itra

It signifies the positive and fragrant aura, which will always keep the atmosphere auspicious.

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