Any Indian bridal look stands incomplete without the luxurious, exquisite and intricately crafted jewelleries. And among all the extravagant fineries that adorn her, the bride considers the bangles to be very significant to her marital life. Separate rituals are held wherein she is presented her wedding bangles. Thus, in traditional Indian culture, it is uncommon for a Hindu or Muslim married woman to be seen without these adornments on her hands. So why not check out some of these beautiful Indian bridal bangles?
CHOODHA AND KALIRE
- The tradition of wearing choodha by the bride originated in Punjab. Quite a distinct set, choorae consists of 21 red and white bangles that were traditionally made of ivory with intricate inlay carvings
- Presently, these are mostly lac or plastic bangles and the color options and number may vary
- Choodha bangles are an integral part of most Hindu and Sikh weddings, so much that there is a separate ceremony called chura chadana
- During this ritual, held a day before or on the morning of the wedding, the bride is presented a set of choorae by her maternal uncle and aunt. She will have to wear it for 40 days during which utmost care is taken so as not to break her choorae. Her husband, on the 40th day will remove it for her and after which she can wear any set of choodha as long as she wants
- Though traditionally, in olden days, the bride would wear the choodha for a year and with any sign of any discoloration, these bangles were re-colored. To remove them after the completion of a year, a small ritual would be conducted wherein the choodha will be replaced by glass bangle
- The beautiful gold or silver trinkets that are attached to the choodha are called kalire
- Brides were the kalire to bring good luck to her marital life and also to serve as a reminder of the family and friends whom she will be leaving behind
- Another interesting ritual is of the bride shaking her choodha and kalire over the heads of unmarried girls. If any leaf from the kalire falls on the head of a girl, she will be the next one to get married!
GUJARATI BRIDAL BANGLES
- Moving to the State of Gujarat, the bridal choodas are called ‘Haathi Daant no Chudlo’ and were ideally made from ivory. She will have to wear these ivory bangles before taking the ‘saath phere’. The bride would choose the colors of her bangles to match her Panetar saree
- Hyderabad is a State known for their beautiful jeweleries. The Hyderabadi special bridal bangles are known as Joda, a set of 14 bangles studded with sparkling crystals in a myriad of hues
- In the states of West Bengal and Odisha, brides wear red pola made of lac and white Shankha made from conch shells. To learn more about it, you can check out Bengali bangles.
HYDERABADI BRIDAL BANGLES
MARATHI BRIDAL BANGLES
- For a Marathi bride (Maharashtra), she will wear dark green bangles during and after marriage
- Interestingly, unlike the elaborate bridal jeweleries, these green bridal bangles are preferred in plain or simple designs. Sometimes the bride will mix them with other gold bangles
- Believed to be related to prosperity, the Marathi bridal bangles should add up to odd numbers and even the two set of bangles on each hands cannot be even
RAJASTHANI BRIDAL BANGLES
- Famed for their beautiful Kundan and Meenakari (मीनाकारी) jewelleries, it is not surprising that Rajasthan’s bridal bangles are regal kundan, studded with precious stones and splashed in colorful Meenakari art
- Down South India, the bridal jewellery is all about pure, rich, heavy gold. These beautiful gold bangles feature intricately crafted temple designs and the bride often adds a kada or bracelet for a fuller look.
MUSLIM BRIDAL BANGLES
- The bangles that adorn the hands of Muslim brides are another breathtaking sight. Usually crafted in gold, the bangles feature intricate designs that often have influences from the noble Mughal era. Like in South, Muslim brides also prefer to include kadas to their set of bangles
SOUTH INDIAN BRIDAL BANGLES
Many people do find it surprising as to why Indian brides normally wear so much jewellery. To put it differently, in Indian culture, adornments are not merely for aesthetics but a symbol of wealth, prosperity and happiness