As per the Hindu religion there are five signs of marital status of women. They are Toe rings, Kumkum, Bangles, Nose ring and Mangalsutra, which is the most important among them. It is said that the worthiest jewel any Hindu woman could have is a Mangalsutra. The word is derived from Sanskrit words- Mangal that means holy and auspicious, and Sutra that signifies thread. A Hindu wedding is incomplete sans it which a groom ties around bride’s neck with a promise of eternal commitment amidst the Vedic hymns and prayers. This jewel is considered as the token of dignity and love given to a bride by her groom.
Mangalsutra was introduced in a wedding as a talisman that wards off evil eye from a happy and healthy looking bride. The black beads are said to rid off all negative vibrations before they can hit the bride, her husband and her family. These come in different shapes and styles, as India being a land of diversity, but the basic meaning and significance remain same in every region. People in different regions have assigned various names for this sacred symbol. It is known as the thaaly or maangalyam in Kannada, Telugu and Tamil in Southern India, while people in the northern part of India call it Mangalsutra.
Talking about the appearance, at present times, modern version boasts of various designs and patterns. Where Bengali wear a coral incorporated in the design, the Gujaratis and Marwaris often go for a diamond pendant and Maharashtrians have a pendant that consists of one or two vatis. Talking generally, a Mangalsutra is made up of gold embedded with stone filters like diamond, ruby, sapphire, American diamond, fancy stones and more. When Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai got married to Abhishek Bachchan, he tied a double string designer long Mangalsutra with black beads around her neck. Some other celebrities who have also followed the ritual and tied the sacred symbol were Ritesh Deshmukh-Genelia D’Souza, Raj Kundra- Shilpa Shetty, Ajay Devgn-Kajol and Siddharth Roy Kapur-Vidya Balan among more.
The influence of this precious jewel was also quite visible at Indian International Fashion Week were actress Juhi Chawla turned a showstopper for Shringar Jeweller’s Mangalsutra Collection at IIFJ week 2013 held in Mumbai. She was seen in a double layered Mangalsutra which had a very Raani Haar like appearance.
The designer Shringar displayed a wide range in exquisite and creative designs. Some eye-catching designs had also featured precious stones and gold, which showcased modern designs, inspired from floral and peacock motifs. One saw the use of gold circles, triple rows of gems and beads, pendants featuring deities like Ganesha, round and triangular gold or diamond centers and long gold chains. Some of them even featured 3D designs.
Now if you are looking to find the most stylish and unique Mangalsutra for you, a wide range of designer Mangalsutras are available at Johareez.com. Be blessed and be stylish!