Origin and History of Gold Mangalsutra: Things You Should Know
Some ornaments hold a pivotal role in a married woman’s life, mangalsutras being one of them. The word ‘mangal’ means sacred, and ‘sutra’ means thread.
Gold mangalsutra plays a significant part in an Indian bride’s life. It is accepted as the most auspicious piece of ornament in Indian culture and has religious importance too. The groom has to tie this around the bride’s neck during their wedding ceremony.
Traditionally, it is said that Mangalsutra brings good luck and long life to the husband as the black beads repulse evil spirits. Well, this is a well-known fact but do you know where mangalsutras originated from? Or, what’s the history of these auspicious jewelleries?
Origin and history of gold mangalsutra:
In 6th century AD, the first Mangalsutra was discovered as a symbol of a married woman. At that time, it was a single yellow thread tied around hands.
The yellow thread acted as a veritable silver bullet designed to thwart any danger or ‘evil eyes’. However, this thread was tied around the hand and not the neck. In many parts of South India, the talli or Mangalsutra is just a yellow chain with an added gold pendant.
Gold mangalsutras in present times
Currently, they are made with black beads weaved in a thread; it is believed that the black beads help to absorb all negative vibes and create lifelong happiness for the newly married couple. Since then, the black beads are present in the mangalsutra.
Contemporary mangalsutras are fashionable and trendy and can be found in various designs.
Importance of Mangalsutra
Until death does us apart - that is the symbolism of Mangalsutra. On wedding day, this thread is tied around the bride’s neck. A mangalsutra is a wedding ornament, and brides must wear it for the rest of her married life. According to people in South India, one should tie mangalsutra in three knots. Now, every knot should hold a particular significance
mangalsutra needs to be tied in 3 knots with each knot carrying a particular significance: husband, then family and finally, the Lord.
Mangalsutra and globalized influence
The global influence on mangalsutra is significant enough in terms of styling and traditional purpose; the beads are used to enhance style. This particular culture of Indians has been adopted, in many cross-cultural wedding ceremonies held on foreign countries.
Variations in different regions
There are many regional variations of mangalsutra.
- Thaali in Tamil
- Mangalsutra in Marathi
- Mangalyasutra in Kannada
- Mangalasutramu or pustelu in Telugu
Difference between north and south Indian styles
North and South India have different styles of Mangalsutras. The southern parts see it as a ceremonial thread which seeks influence from the Kanakabandhana. Alongside this style, the bowl-shaped gold is also popular. Pendants differ; what stays same are the black beads. Hence, Southern India appears to have retained the basic structure: the shankha and chakra-shaped pendant.
Mangalsutra, a trendsetter now!
Mangalsutra has now become a style quotient today.
Diamond and pure gold pendants are selling more than hotcakes nowadays. Some brides prefer geometric patterns, flowers and initial alphabets of their husband’s name in a pendant. Women are now choosing more contemporary designs so that they can look more fashionable while keeping with their tradition.
There are a plethora of contemporary mangalsutra designs that can surely enhance your nuptial look. Opt for a gold mangalsutra according to your choice and budget!