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Solah Shringar for an Indian Hindu Bride
If you’re an Indian girl, you must have heard the word ‘sola sringer’. It is the word that describes the sixteen (sola) adornments (sringar) adopted by an Indian bride. As she grows up, she often hear her mother and grandmother uttering this word but the real role of sol sringar comes into the picture when daddy’s little princess decides to marry her Prince Charming. It’s on her wedding day, when a Hindu bride experiences ‘sola sringar’. So are you aware about the significance of ‘sola sringar’? If not, read on…
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Every bride wishes to look her best on her wedding day and Sola Sringar refers to the sixteen adornments that adorn and beautify her for the d-day. Indian weddings are all about grand celebrations, extravagant shopping and numerous traditional ceremonies. And beautification of the bride with sixteen adornments, popularly known as the Sola Sringar is one essential ritual that plays a major part in Indian Hindu wedding. In this ritual, the bride is adorned from head to toe with makeup and traditional Indian fashion jewelry. A bride’s Sola Sringar on her wedding day exudes femininity and beauty. According to Hindu custom and rituals, Sola Sringar is a mandatory practice and the bride’s friends, aunt’s and other female relatives actively participate to adorn the bride.
So, if you’re all set to take a plunge in the pious water of marriage, you surely would want to know the essentials of Sola Sringar. Let’s take a glance:
- The wedding attire of the bride plays a vital role among the sixteen adornments. As per Hindu tradition red is considered to be the most auspicious color therefore a red hued wedding saree or lehenga acts as the perfect attire for the bride.
- Wear the best hairstyle that will suit you. Adorn your hair with flowers and jewelry.
- After makeup is done, wear a stunningly designed hair accessory called maang tika. In recent times, maang tika is counted among the most alluring Indian fashion jewellery that offer a traditionally ethnic look. Maang tika, nowadays are intricately crafted in yellow gold and beautified with precious and semi precious stones.
- Mangalsutra is a piece of jewelry which is given by the groom. It is worn by the bride along with other traditionally designed necklaces. A bride decked up with necklaces of various lengths indicates prosperity of her family. According to Hindu tradition, a mangal sutra is considered as an auspicious bond that ties her with her husband for eternity.
- Vermillion or red powder is worn on the mid parting of the hair of the bride during the marriage ceremony. It is popularly known as 'sindoor' and is considered as the essential ingredient without which Sola Sringar remains incomplete.
- Next comes the earrings. Heavily embellished and ornately studded dangling earrings adorn the ears of the bride.
- Bindi is applied on the forehead and it accentuates the beauty of a woman. According to Hindu belief it is considered as a sacred symbol of a married woman.
- Since the times of Mahabharata, Bajuband have been adorning the upper arms of Indian women. Even today, Baajuband or armlets form an essential part of the Sola Sringar.
- Bangles or choodiyan adorn the hands of the bride. Bangles made of yellow gold and glass are few wedding jewelry essentials for a bride as they stands for the long life of her husband.
- Once the arms are adorned with bangles and armlets, it's time to decorate her fingers with rings. A bride wears eight rings in both hands which are attached with jeweled strands that cover the upper part of the palm. This is popularly known as Haath phool.
- Nose Ring or Nath is made of traditional gold and decorated with gemstones and precious stones. It is worn around the left nostril of the bride.
- Kamarband or waist belt is majorly worn with a bridal saree. It is delicately designed in gold or silver highlighting beautiful floral patterns. Latest Indian fashion jewellery designs offer kamarband in ornate kundan and polki designs.
- As per Indian weddings an evening is dedicated for the Mehendi ceremony where the bride's hands and legs are decorated with latest Mehendi designs. It's believed that the darker the henna color turns out to be, the more love and affection the couple shares between them.
- Kajal (kohl) enhances the beauty of the eyes. It is majorly applied on the lower eyelids that beautify the eyes of the bride.
- Anklets and toe rings adorn the ankles and toes of the bride. These delicate piece of jewelry are made of silver.
- Last but not the least spray some itar or fragrance on the bride to make her feel and smell fresh.
Finally the bride is all decked up from head to toe in jewelry and gorgeous wedding attire that exudes oomph and a subtle classicism. And here comes the bride...