India is a land of unique and interesting customs and traditions. Every custom has a special significance and one such custom is Devi Solah Shringar for married women which has been followed since decades.
Solah Shringar are two hindi words meaning ‘16 adornments’. These ornaments are not just worn to look beautiful but each item symbolizes its relevance as per Hindu Mythology and beliefs. 16 embellishments are a symbol of women’s marital status and are said to be mandatory elements in a bride’s life.
Solah Shringar refers to sixteen phases of the moon which are said to be related to women’s menstrual cycle, as per Indian Mythology. These specific ornaments are used to nullify the negativities that arise from the cycle. Embellished with the Solah Shringars a bride is associated with the divinity Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity and fertility.
Solah Shringar comprises bindi, sindoor, kajal, mehndi, wedding dress, gajra, maang tika, nosepin, earrings, necklace, armlet, bangles, ring, kamarband, toe-ring and anklet. Each ornament has religious as well as scientific importance.
“Bindi” originated from the Sanskrit word “Bindu”, is a crucial part of the Solah Shringhar of women and is placed on the forehead between the eyebrows. It is considered important to place bindi on their forehead as it brings peace, wealth and prosperity in the family. Science believes that by placing this dot on the forehead, the agya chakra of a woman becomes active, which helps a newly-wed woman in maintaining spirituality and boosts up her energy to take the new responsibilities.
Sindoor is filled in women’s maang by her husband on the wedding day. Science says that it maintains the blood flow in the body as well as regulates body temperature.
KAJAL OR ANJANA OR KOHL
It is said that Kohl is used to enhance the beauty of the eyes. Moreover, it protects the bride from evil eyes. Apart from this, science says that Kajal cools down the eyes and protects it from dust, and harmful rays of the sun.
Natural kajal can be easily prepared at home by collecting soot in a silver bowl balanced over a wick burning in mustard oil.
MEHNDI OR HENNA
Henna signifies the essence of love and connection between the bride and groom. It is also said the darker the color of the Mehendi of a bride’s hand, the more loving her husband would be.
The herbal and medicinal properties of Mehendi prevents the stress. Moreover, it provides coolness and its smell boosts up the energy.
The wedding dress generally worn in north India is red in color. Scientifically, red color is most powerful and effective. It increases concentration and brings stability and balance in life.
GAJRA OR HAIR ACCESSORY
The hair bun and braid are adorned with a coiled string of flowers (usually Jasmine) and hair accessories.
This accessory is made of precious stones, gold or silver and worn in the center of hair; it ends till the forehead. This jewelry is worn in the center as it guides a bride that she had to walk on the straight and right path after marriage and make all the crucial decisions without being partial.
NOSE PIN OR NATH
It is believed that a nosepin maintains the health of your husband and brings prosperity. Some say that a woman experiences less pain during childbirth if they pierce their nose for nosepin.
It is believed that wearing earrings is a symbol of a woman who will neither say nor hear any ill things about her new family. Scientifically, it provides acupuncture benefits.
Mangalsutra is a symbol of married woman. It is believed to give a husband a long life. Ideally, mangalsutra is made of silver or Gold which are said to be beneficial for skin and prevents you from ailments.
ARMLET OR BAJUBAND
Armbands are worn on the upper arm, often on the sleeves of blouses. Usually they’re made of gold, pearls, diamond or silver. Armbands are said to protect you from the evils by keeping them away.
Science says that by putting pressure on appropriate points, it maintains regular blood flow in the body.
Bangles have been an important part of Solah Shringar since ancient ages. They are said to make your bones strong and maintain regular blood flow.
The wedding ring is worn in the fourth finger from the thumb and has a direct connection with the brain. Hence, it prevents stress and mental diseases
Waistbands are not frequently worn by women these days but are used to maintain women’s figure.
It is a tradition of wearing rings on the fingers of the feet by a married woman and has been followed since ages.
People believe that the sound of this jewel fills the newly wed’s home with a positive and happy aura. Science says silver anklets give relief in the pains of the joints. Also, its sound wards off the negative vibes from home.
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