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Significance of Mangalsutra in Indian Marriages

Nov 24, 2021
The Sacred Significance
This divine necklace that women wear around their necks symbolizes their married bond with their husband, for life.
The Meaning
Mangalsutra is derived from two words, mangal meaning auspicious and sutra meaning thread.
The Occasion
During the pheras in the wedding ceremony, the groom ties the mangalsutra around the bride's neck symbolising he's her partner for life now.
The Design
The mangalsutra is a black beaded necklace with a gold locket. The black beads are believed to protect the married couple from evil spirits.
It is also believed that the wife has the power to keep her husband safe from danger when wearing the mangalsutra
North Indian Representation
North Indian people wear the black bearded mangalsutra where the gold pendant is known as Tanmaniya. The mangalsutra comes in a variety of designs.
South Indian Representation
The South Indian Mangalsutra consists of yellow thread and gold pendant and is known as Thaali or Thirumangalyam
According to Ayurveda, wearing a mangalsutra close to the heart improves the functionality of the heart and it attracts positive aura from the surroundings.
Wearing a mangalsutra provides mental and emotional peace to the mind which also improves the marital bond between the husband and wife