Jewellery Checklist for Every Traditional Maharashtrian Brides

Maharashtrian brides are gorgeous!

All decked up in that stunning yellow or green saree with borders of golden hues, and a hair bun with gajra tied neatly at the back – that’s the sight of pure beauty.

While most Indian brides wear reds on their wedding days, Marathi brides follow the tradition of adorning Paithani sarees. These typically come in colours that include leafy green, golden yellow, or aubergine. As a result, they stand out from most brides of other states on their wedding day.  

Also,Maharashtrian bridal jewellery that is most distinct and unique.Brides exclusively blend pearl with gold ornaments to adorn,and that too sets them apart. Some of the jewellery these brides wear that makes them look dazzling,andeveryone gets awestruck by their beauty:

  • KolhapuriSaaz

It’s a piece of jewellery that is originally from Kolhapur, a city in Maharashtra. Customarily, this necklace must include twenty-one elements of separate designs. Among them, ten are a reflectionof avatars of Lord Vishnu; one is ruby, one emerald, and one taviz as a protection from evil along with eight auspicious patterns.

The necklace symbolises a woman’s marital status, much like a mangalsutra, that the groom’s family give as a gift to the bride. It is often woven with gold wire with designs of gold leaves, flowers, petals, etc.

  • Naath

It’s a distinct piece of ornament; a nosepiece with pearls woven in Paisley or feather shape around a white stone in the middle. For this stone,many affluent families use diamond.

Only Maharashtrian brides are seen to wear this traditionally. The styles of thisnaathdiffer. The kind that one wears signifies the financial prominence of her family.

  • Tanmani

No Maharashtrian bridal jewellery is complete without the tanmani. It’s a choker that women wear on the neck; the design of it has 3 or 4 pearls sitting firmly on one line. Other coloured beads embellish these white pearls beautifully. All of these pearlsare held together by a reshamstring that is used to adjust the length of the neckpiece.

  • Chooda

These are different from the ones that Punjabi brides wear in the colour of red.

Maharashtrian choodaare green bangles that symbolisecreativity and new life. The rule of wearing these is that one should wear them in a different number in two hands. Also, these numbers should be odd, that is if you wear 15 in one hand, then wear 17 in the other.

  • Mundavalya

It is one of the most distinct Maharashtrian wedding jewellery that both the bride and groom adorn. Mundavalyais usually one or two strings of pearls they wear across the foreheads. Two more lines of pearlbeadsare there that drop from both sides of the temples till the shoulders, exquisitely framing their faces.

The bride ties this unique piece of jewellery just before going to the mandap.

These are the essentials when it comes to Maharashtrian bridal jewellery. No Marathi wedding is complete without these along with some other pieces like mangalsutra, and ambada(wore in the hair).

Indian weddings are inimitable with every region celebrating their own unique traditions. Like Maharashtrian customs, every region has something discrete to offer.

Post Author: Clare Louise