Marriage is the only tradition which is forever happily modern. According to the Vedas, the oldest set of Hindu scriptures, the Hindu marriage is for life. Marriage is meant to tie two individuals, so that they pursue their family dharma together. True love in Hinduism, is being reborn with your soulmate in each cycle of reincarnation and be together. The commencement of this pious bonding is being celebrated with grandeur. Each piece of jewellery that is worn by a married woman is not only meant for decorating and enhancing the beauty of the bride, but, has its own significance. Owing to cultural diversity, there are various pieces of jewellery worn by the brides religiously and regionally.
- Tradition of wearing sindoor or vermilion is said to have travelled through more than five thousand years of the Hindu culture. It is said, that, the sindoor activates the pituitary and pineal glands, so that the body and mind of the married women could function better owing to the series of mental and physical changes in her life. The husband puts it in between the parting of the brides’ hair after completion of the wedding ritual in front of the holy fire of the havaan kund. With regular application of the vermilion the chakras in the forehead and the crown are activated, which attracts cosmic energy. Mercury in the sindoor helps in controlling blood pressure, activating sexual drive and libidinal energy.
- Normally we see women wearing gold ornaments on the upper part of the body and silver ornaments on the lower part of the body. According to scientific principles, silver reacts well with the earth’s energy, while gold reacts well with the body’s energy and aura. If legend is to be believed, evil spirits enter the body through the openings, ornaments were said to prevent that. So apart from acupuncture benefits, earrings are believed to work like a protector against evil for all brides. Both women and men wear it. There is a nerve, which connects three main parts of our body: kidney, brain and cervical part which passes through the earlobes, wearing ornaments here helps in proper functioning of the connected parts.
- Nose piercing is also believed to have acupuncture benefits. Ayurveda claims that women having pierced left nose experience less menstrual pain and easier childbirth. To decorate this place various kinds of nath is worn and have become a popular ancient modern style statement.
- Necklaces and mangalsutra is the identification of a married woman, depending on the culture and religion in India. As it hangs just above the heart, it helps in regularising the blood circulation in the body. It is also believed to bring good luck and ward off the evil eye.
- Hindu brides have a weakness for bridal wear trends, but, there are quite a few items that are carry-forwards from Vedic times, that, don’t seem to be going anywhere. Ring in the left ring finger is the most common ornament which is also worn by both men and women. The nerves of our body are connected to each other and metal is considered to be good for health, so metal ring in this finger not only symbolises marriage but also assures good health.
- Bangles are circular shaped ornaments that is worn by women in their hands. Due to friction between the bangles and the arteries present in the wrist under the skin the blood circulation increases in our body and it doesn’t let the charges of our body to go out. Anklets of silver worn in the legs are good conductor of energy and works as a mediator between two forms of energy: earth and body. It makes women energetic, while sending negative energy from the body to the earth.
- Toe-ring or bichus is worn by the bride in the second-toe. It helps in maintaining regular menstrual cycle and helps in conceiving process.
The solah-shringar which includes everything from the sindoor at the top of the bride’s hairline down to the bichus in her toes are the traditional set of sixteen pieces every hindu bride must wear.