Every girl dreams to look the best one on her wedding day. She visualizes everything, from donning her attires to putting on make-up and shopping for hours to purchase even the smallest of the things. And when it comes to an Indian bride, then there are 16 ornaments, also known as Solah Shringar that a bride does to adorn her beauty. It encompasses sixteen central steps of embossing of a woman from head toe to head. Solah Shringar is a ritual, passed down through the ancient culture and is meant to bestow gifts of beauty on her. According to Hindu mythology “Sixteen Shringars” correspond to the sixteen phases of the moon, which in turn is connected with a woman’s menstrual cycle. Solah Shringar is said to nullify the negative effect of that cycle. Other than Weddings, Solah Shringar is also carried over on major festivals and religious activities.
I am sure almost everyone at some point of time have thought about the kind of Wedding dress a girl would want to wear on her most special day. It could be a Lehenga, sari or a well embroidered suit. Now a days, you can find endless options in never-ending color preferences.
It has become a trend these days to have a lovely hairdo with the bridal outfit, which is then decorated with gold accessories, and fresh flowers to add grace. Earlier Gajra was in trend which is usually made by Jasmine and worn both on the bun and with the braid.
After the bride’s hair is made up, she is adorned with a Maangtika, which is put in the middle parting and settles upon the forehead like a crown. This accessory is either made of precious stones, gold or silver. Also, to emphasize the charm of the bride, one other accessory Mandoria is worn; it is a strand of pearls. This is tied across the forehead on either side.
The Bindi sand is a sacred symbol of a married woman and has strong religious implications. Earlier a circular red dot of Vermillion powder was placed at the center of the forehead as Bindi, but now there are many types of Bindi are available in the market with varied designs, shapes and sizes. .
2 Chutki Sindoor ki kimmat tum kya jaano Ramesh baabu”. Well, certainly the kimmat of Sindoor (a red colored powder) can’t be determined, as it denotes how important a woman’s marriage is to her. It is one of the sacred symbols of a married woman and is applied on the center parting of the hair after the marriage for husband’s long life.
The Nose ring or Nath is by far one of the most traditional and ethnic Indian looks, it is made of pearls, gems, diamonds and are worn in the left nostril. For special ceremonies like Marriage, nose rings are extended till left ear by a chain and tucked into the hair.
Kamarband or Waistband is a beautiful belt that is tied around the waistline of the bride. It is usually made of gold and embellished with stones, diamonds and precious gems and is beautifully designed.
A black-beaded necklace which is often made of gold, and embellished with gems, stones and diamonds is called Mangal-Sutra. It is put around bride’s neck by the groom on the day of the wedding.
Earrings are one of the most essential accessories for a bride and are usually made of gold. They are heavy, but very beautiful. They come in various designs with embedded gems, stones and diamonds.
Mehendi signifies the essence of love in wedlock and is essentially applied on the hands and feet of the bride, to strengthen that bond of love. It is one of the most special pre-wedding rituals in India. The day before the marriage, Mehendi is applied in various designs and patters on both the hands and feet of the bride and groom. It is then washed the next day and leaves an orange-red color. It is said, the darker the color of the Mehendi, the deeper will be the love of the soul-mate. In some parts of India (for example Bengal and tribal areas) a red-colored ink called Aalta is applied to the outer border of feet.
Bangles or Choodiyan adore the wrist of the bride and are usually made of glass, laakh, metal, ceramic or gold. They are considered the most visible sign of marriage, bangles and are vital adornments worn by the bride. They signify the Suhaag of the bride and highlight the beautiful hands of the bride. s
View Shaadisaga Store of Anupa Shah Photography A bride wears eight rings in both her hands that are attached with a central flower or pendant that covers the upper part of the hand called Hathphool. It can be bought in varied designs and sizes.
A chain of silver or gold with an edging comprising clusters of small bells attached is worn on both feet or a bride that makes a pleasant sound whenever she moves. With Payal, Bichua is also worn on the toes that make her feet look glorious.
Itar is a special fragrance that is applied to the bride for keeping her smell nice. It emits a special aroma and that helps the bride stays fresh during all the rituals of the wedding.