The Mangalsutra is the essence of every married Indian woman. It is similar to the western custom of exchanging rings. Mangalsutra symbolizes her marriage and her loyalty to her husband. It is considered very auspicious for any married women. The groom ties it around his brides neck to indicate that he receives her from her father. Mangalsutra is considered the most prestigious token of gift offered to her by her husband during the marriage ceremony. They wear it till their death or their husbands death. It is a symbolic representation of deduction and commitment.
It is considered highly sacred by all Indian women and it is to be worn at all times. The most common mangalsutra is made of two strings of small black beads with a pendant. The strings are made out of small black beads that have two rows running together. Traditionally its with a pendant that has a slight curved design, with a bunch of black and white beads hanging. Pendant is usually made up of gold. Now days even diamonds and precious stones pendants are also in fashion.
Married women wear this to protect their marriage and the life of their husband. The black beads in the mangalsutra are believed to ward off the evil eye. According to Hindu culture, there are five signs of marital status of women. They are sindoor, mangalsutra, toe rings, bangles and a nose ring. Mangalsutra is the most important among them.
In north India its called “Managalsutra” and in southern India it is called “Thali”. It is a small gold ornament, strung on a cotton cord or a gold chain. Thalis are of different designs, shapes and sizes. Their designs and shapes depend on different communities and their customs.
Though the style and fashion of the Mangalsutra has kept changing over a period of time, the craze and its demand has never weakened up.
Cbazaar offers a wide range of traditional and fashionable designs of Mangalsutra.