Sutra That Binds

 William Lyon once said, “The highest happiness on earth is marriage” and wasn’t he true! The amount of joy, the emotions, the people, and a lot other makes our wedding a memorable one. Wedding Celebrations are a streak of religious rituals, believes and ceremonies. These are age-old practices, which form the foundation of our society and are therefore followed by generation over generation, owing to the deep faith. The wedding is undoubtedly the most important event in one & lifetime and is thus solemnized with utmost sanctity. They believe that once married the couple is bound with each other for seven birth cycles..

The best part about Indian weddings is that since we’re home to so many cultures, every single wedding is different and they consist of a handful of important rituals that needs planning & management in proper sequence and time. To serve and manage the hospitality of the guests, families generally opt-in for wedding planners who understand the auspicious occasion and act as a binding Sutra between the families.

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A very important aspect of the wedding is the “Mangalsutra”, which can also be called as the “Holy thread” which is a is a customary jewelry in most Hindu households which signifies a married woman and earns her due respect. While the westerns wear a wedding ring, Hindu women wear this around her neck at all times.

It’s a tradition for the groom to tie this auspicious thread around the bride during the marriage ceremony. It all started with a ritual to tie a yellow thread around the bride’s wrist to keep the evil eye away from the couple but, after the 6th century The AD, it took the shape of an auspicious jewelry around the neck with black beads to absorb the negative energy.

The origin of a traditional Mangalsutra was in Maharashtra. Maharashtrian families attach a lot of importance to the black and gold beads to which is attached a double “vati”  pendant. The two”vati”  denote the coming together of the two families in marriage and when the families and friends get together, very often, it’s a matter of pride.

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There is a vast difference in the Mangalsutra between the regions of North and South. The Mangalsutra in the southern parts is a yellow thread with a gold pendant which is influenced by the historical yellow thread called kankanabandhana. Over several years, black beads with two bowl-shaped gold bearings have become a popular culture of Mangalsutra in the northern parts.

It is a symbol of faithfulness and loyalty. On the day of the marriage, it has to be offered from the grooms’ side in front of thousands of attendees as an acceptance for the lifetime. Thereafter, the bride wears it her entire life as a symbol of love and respect for her husband and their bond.

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