Importance of Various Indian Suhag Symbols

The wedding day is the most important day for every bride, especially the Indian brides, the solah shringar which are the suhag symbols according to Indian tradition adds value and charm to these brides. In Indian Culture every shringar say suhag symbol has a significance.

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Following are the suhag symbols and their significance:

Bindi: This symbol has a very sacred and strong religious emotions attatched with it. You can decorate bindi with various different accessories and over the eyebrows also.

Sindoor: An Indian bride applies this vermillion in the centre partition of their hair and is of utmost importance amongst all the symbols.

Maangtikka: This is an accessory which is worn at the centre partition by the Indian brides, and is made up of expensive metals and diamonds or other colored stones are used for making it more attractive.

Anjana: This is kohl made up with the help of Indian holy processes. It is applied on the upper and the lower lid of the eye which adds beauty to the bride.

Nath: This is a circular ring accessory worn around the nostril. And there can be a string attached at one side which is tucked in the hair of Indian brides. This adds a different elegance factor to the brides.

Haar: It is the necklace in Indian terms. This is also made up of expensive metals and alloys can be adorned with diamonds, crystals, pearls and other substitutes.

Karn Phool: These mean earrings. These are usually bold, intense and heavy earring of attractive designs which adds a lot more of beauty to the bride makeup and look.

Mehendi: This is one of the most important pre-wedding rituals and has a lot of importance in the holy wedlock. This signifies the bond of love between the bride and the groom. This is applied generally on the feet and hands of the Indian brides and grooms.

Indian bridal Mehndi
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Baajuband: This means armlets in Indian terms. These are also made up of expensive metals. One of the adornments which adds beauty to the overall bridal look as well as the mehendi on the hands. Rajasthani designs are most appreciated ones.

Chudiyaa: These are the bangles which are generally matched with the necklace and the bridal dress to add on the beauty of the bridal look.

Keshpashrachna: The hair of the bride are dried after her bath and styled in various different ways suiting her overall look. This can also be adorned with gajra (string of flowers) and jewelry.

Kamarband: This means waist band in the Indian terms. It is also made up of different metals helps in adding beauty to the Indian brides look.

Aarsi: This is a thumb ring which generally has mirror, in which the Indian brides can have glimpse of herself and her partner whenever possible.

Itar: This means Perfume. Adding a perfume of the sweet and appealing fragrance gives fresh feeling to the bride and adds up the fragrance to the new life.

Payal and Bichhiya: Payal is worn at ankle and bichhiya on the fingers. These are considered as the strong and highly religious for the long happy life of the groom.

Bridal dress: This is the most important suhag symbol usually in the hues of red and pink colors.

Fun Rituals to Spice up A Bengali Wedding

There are various ways to have fun during a Bengali wedding. Bengali weddings are loads of fun due to the interesting rituals and practices involved in them. The entire wedding being a five day long process only means that loads of rituals and games are in it.  These games incorporate many traditions of old times though many are not played nowadays. However few have stood the strength of time and are now an integral part of Bengali weddings. There are games for both the Bengali brides as well as grooms.

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There are various Bengali wedding rituals which are immensely fun:

Gaye Holud: This ceremony is mainly done by five or seven married women of the household. They grind turmeric powder with pestle and mortar. After the paste is made they lather the bride with this paste as a sign of making her skin glow. This practice is generally done from the groom’s side of the family.

Dodhi Mongol: At the dawn of marriage seven married ladies take the responsibility of adorning the wife’s hands with shakha and paula (two types of bangles which are read and white respectively) after that they offer and feed the bride with a meal of curd and rice. This is the first and last meal of the day for the bride as she and her family fasts the entire day.

Pottobastra: After the groom is seated at the altar which is situated in the sanctum here only the groom, bride and the priest take place. The groom is then offered new clothes by the person and that person is due to do the sampradaan. The elderly male member of the groom’s family usually does the sampradan.

Mala Badal: after completing the circles around the groom the bride and the groom exchanges garlands of flowers. This needs to be done thrice. This is one of the first steps which signify that they have accepted each other.

Anjali: this is the step when an offering to the fire is made. The Bengali bride brother puts puffed rice right into the hands of the bride and then groom clasps around his wife’s hands. Both of them extend their hands forward and and out the rice into the fire. It is said that this commemorates the true spirit of the wedding.

Sindoorgaan: when seated at their respective places on the chadnbatolla the groom is told to apply sindoor or vermillion to the wife’s hair parting. This is done to show that she is married. Vermillion is a symbol of married women in the Hindu culture. After that is done the groom gives the Bengali bride a new sari or veil to cover her head.

These are just some of the fun rituals which take place during Bengali weddings. There are many more wedding rituals presents but over time many has died out. And the ones remaining to this day showcase the spirit of Bengali weddings perfectly. The entire wedding rituals of the Bengalis are actually a journey which the bride and groom complete together.