The Indian bride is incomplete without her jewellery. Whether she chooses traditional, contemporary or vintage, the jewellery is the most important part of her trousseau. And while every Indian bride dons staple pieces like the chooda, mangalsutra, nath, maang teeka, haar, earrings, etc., small nuances and peculiarities help to set each bride apart. Take a look at Bollywood’s reigning queen, Deepika Padukone’s wedding. Not only did she get married in two different ceremonies, but she also sported distinctly different jewellery – traditional konkani ornaments for one and traditional Sindhi jewellery for the other. So, let’s take a look at four distinctive jewellery pieces gracing four brides from the four corners of India.
The navri mulgi, as the Maharashtrian bride is fondly called, laden with unique gold jewellery like jondhali haar, saaz, kaan jhumkas, etc. looks nothing short of a warrior queen. The jewellery adorning her completely different from the other regions. Amidst all the wedding finery, what stands apart is her chooda.
Tode – Paatli Chooda
Unlike other Indian brides, the Marathi Navri’s chooda consists of green glass bangles accompanied by flat gold bangles called Paatlis and carved kadas called todes. The gold bangles symbolise abundance and strength of character while the green glass bangles symbolisE fertility, new beginnings
Adorned in elegant temple jewellery from head to toe, the Tamilian bride – Manappen – presents an ethereal age of grace and beauty. Dressed to resemble the Goddess Lakshmi, she is undoubtedly the cynosure of all eyes in the kalyanam mandapam.
Part of the Solah Shringar, Oddiyanam is worn by the Tamil Manappen on auspicious occasions. Made of solid gold with temple design, it is used to keep the saree borders and garlands in place. Depicting Goddess Lakshmi, it invokes her blessings as well as symbolises the auspicious start of new phase of the bride’s life.
The ulu-dhwani heralds the arrival of the Bengali bride or Badhu who looks nothing short of a goddess. Decked up in her red benarasi saree with the sitahar, choker and other bridal jewellery complimenting her looks, what really steals the show is her shaakha pola.
Shaakha made from the conch shell and Pola made using coral are bangles worn in both the hands by the Bengali bride. It is considered bad omen if the bangles break and hence brides take extra care. It is symbolic of the strength and love between the couple and said to represent a flourishing married life.
A Punjabi wedding is a lively affair and the livelier Punjabi dulhan is a refreshing change from the coy Indian brides. Looking resplendent in hues of pink and red, adorned with gold kalire, maang teeka, paasa, the Punjabi bride steps into her married life with confidence.
Worn by the dulhans on their wedding day, Pippal Patti is set of delicate dangling gold earrings. Long considered as an auspicious symbol, the pippal patti serves as a blessing from the gods and ancestors. It also represents strength and the eternal nature of the bond between a bride and groom.