Every girl secretly harbors within her the desire to get married some day, and to look resplendent on her wedding day. It is also that day her man will not complain about how ‘women always take time’. Rather, he waits patiently. He waits because he knows when his bride will finally emerge; with her coyness and radiance combined with gold embellishments, she will literally takes his breath away!
Shri in “Shringar” means “Lakshmi”, aka, the goddess of wealth, beauty, luck and prosperity, thus Shringar is considered an auspicious part of an Indian wedding. Solah Shringar is composed of sixteen ornaments where every piece has a story to tell, has a purpose to solve and helps add an element of mystique to the new bride.
Here’s presenting to you the Solah Shringar package.
Bindi brightens the face. It is a small dot, but is big enough to grab attention. Bindi comes in vibrant colors, dazzling patterns, and adorns the forehead of the bride.
A woman’s hair is great piece of temptation. That’s why she is not allowed to let her hair down at the time of marriage or while visiting a temple. Instead, her hair is plaited and decorated with flowers and fancy hair accessories, letting the world have just a little peak of her fine tresses.
Bangles comes in a myriad of designs, materials and colors. A bride usually wears red or green glass bangles amidst gold bangles. The jingle of a woman’s bangles is a pleasant sound, and with that she often makes her presence felt loud and clear.
Sindoor, or vermillion, is applied along the parting of the hair, and is the trademark of a married woman. It is her pride. It is her asset.
Kamarband is a waist band, made of gold or silver, and the new bride wears it with an important add-on – the keys. That is something she proudly flaunts since it is a symbol of authority in her new house!
It is a hair accessory that usually ends with a pendant in the middle of the forehead. Maangteeka further enhances the bride’s look and gives her a royal, elegant touch.
Kajal or kohl serves to please the eyes of the beholder; at the same time it also protects her from evil eyes. Kajal accentuates the eyes; it infact opens up a small window through which her man can see her heart and soul.
Nath is a seductive piece of jewelry. Not only it enhances the blushing bride’s overall looks, it also gives her an ethnic touch. Nath is generally worn on the left nostril, and is supported by a chain tucked behind the left ear.
The big chunk of jewelry sits beautifully around her slender neck. Haar also showcases magnificent workmanship of gold with interplay of precious stones. Mangalsutra, the sacred thread woven in gold and threaded in black beads, is undoubtedly the most important Haar.
Karn phool, a large, round, flower-like earring is considered auspicious. A pair of earrings not only gives a face-lift, but also tells tales of her wealth. Bigger the piece, richer is her spouse.
Mehendi is a beautiful art that adorns the hands and feet. It also leaves behind impression of a tale of love; rumor has it that if the Mehendi runs deep on the bride’s hands, it means her husband loves her deeply too!
Baajuband are armlets worn on the upper arm. This chunk of jewelry helps fill the emptiness of the arms, and gives the bride a wholesome look.
It is an antique piece of jewelry, and very rarely worn in today’s times. Aarsi is a round, flat, jeweled thumb ring with a tiny mirror embedded in it. It helped the bride have a glimpse of her groom, and to keep a watch on her makeup and hair.
PAYAL AND BICHUA:
Payal and Bichua help in beautification of the feet, and make the pair look as inviting as the face. The Payal is a messenger in disguise because when the new bride sashays around with the thing on, she sends a secret message to her spouse.
Itar is a perfume, which the blushing bride applies discreetly on to her clothes, behind the ears, and on the wrists. The bride-to-be doesn’t want to disappoint her groom in any way. If her visual beauty is magical, her powerful smell is divine too.
SHAADI KA JODA:
Red is the color of the bridal dress because red is the color of power and fertility. The bridal dress is either a sari, lehenga or a salwar kurta, bedecked with embroidery, motifs, jewels and mirror work.