If there is a custom that can summarize the wedding traditions in different parts of India, it is the binding of the “Mangalsutra”. In this state of Maharashtra, the Mangalsutras do not differ much from the other states. They are black pearl necklaces with two gold discs strung together. These discs represent the “Shiva” and “Shakti”, which are believed to be connected by the golden balls in between. This chain is not only a symbol for the sacred community of two souls, but also repels the evil eye. In this article, we’ll look at some of the many Maharashtrian Mangalsutra designs, the features of which are imaged.
Features of Maharashtrian Mangalsutra Designs:
Here are some of the outstanding features of the Maharashtrian Mangalsutras:
- Maharashtrian Mangalsutras are made from gold and black pearls.
- They come in two basic types – The Nirgun and The Shagun.
- In Nirgun, the Mangalsutra is made from simple black pearls.
- In Shagun, all 9 black pearls are separated by golden pearls.
- There are two golden cups or disks that are hollow on the inside and raised on the outside.
- The hollow side faces the woman’s body and the raised side is made visible.
- Traditional designs are free from decorations and are kept simple, because it is believed that “the design is simpler, the effect improves”!
In the past, the Maharashtrian Mangalsutra design was just a thread associated with Haldi and a single black pearl. With the change in trends, however, different design variants have emerged. You can now choose your Mangalsutra either difficult or easy; simple or complicated. Some shops also adapt the Mangalsutra according to your wishes. The latest among them is the Peshwai Mangalsutra, the Kolhapuri Maharashtrian Mangalsutra design and the Mangalsutra with a short neckline and tiny charm.