A Complete Guide to Solah Shringaar
Every bride is luminescent on her big day, and contributing to her unparalleled beauty is her solah shringaar.
Shringaar Raasa described in ancient Indian poetry celebrates the beauty of an Indian woman. Translated as ‘sixteen adornments’, the Solah Shringaar comes from Shringaar Raasa, which is one of the nine rasas that represents beauty and aesthetics.
What are these sixteen adornments which prepare an Indian woman for a special occasion? Take a look…
Sixteen steps of Solah Shringaar
Keshapasharachana or hair accessories as they are called are delicate pieces of jewellery that the bride wears in her hair, together with fragrant flowers such as jasmine.
The maang teeka is worn in the hair parting, and while traditionally made in gold, today’s contemporary bride has been known to coordinate it with her bridal lehenga or sari. Kalyan Jewellers has a collection of intricate maang teekas that are guaranteed to make a statement.
A round dot drawn carefully in the centre of the forehead, the traditional red kumkum has paved the way for bindis that are not only intricate in design but also colour-coordinated with every garment in the bridal trousseau.
Sindoor or vermillion is the vivid red coloured powder that is carefully applied in the hair parting for the first time during the wedding ceremony, by the groom. The solah shringaar is incomplete without it being applied.
The bridal trousseau forms an integral part of the wedding shopping, and putting together an outfit for each ceremony can be quite exciting. Necklaces (Haar) also add beauty to the ritual. Given the role it plays, the extensive Muhurat Jewellery collection from Kalyan Jewellers makes it easier for each bride from every part of India to coordinate her trousseau with the necklace from the collection.
The nose ring can take various forms, from delicate diamond studs or pins to rings made of pure gold. This accessory can vary across communities; for instance the Maharashtrian bride has a distinctive nath that she wears at her wedding.
A Hindu wedding is synonymous with the mangalsutra, the one piece of jewellery that holds immense sentiment for every bride. A neckpiece that is made of gold and black beads, the mangalsutra has interesting designs in every community.
Earrings (Karn Phool) adorn the ears of the bride and can be paired with a coordinated neckpiece. From delicate pieces to heavy ones, the bride is spoilt for choice.
Who doesn’t love the heady fragrance of the mehendi or henna that adorns the hands and feet of a bride? Beautiful, intricate designs are created over an evening of merriment during the mehendi ceremony.
Kaajal or kohl is used to enhance the beauty of the eyes, and to give them a definitive shape.
The kamarbandh or waistband enhances the inherent grace of the bride and completes her bridal attire.
The bajubandh or armbands are worn on the upper arms of the bride, and are traditionally inlaid with precious stones.
Bangles are integral to the solah shringaar and are worn by every bride. Made of solid gold, they are often embellished with precious stones and detailed with intricate designs.
Typically made of silver, the paayal or anklets enhance the delicate beauty of the bride’s mehendi-decorated feet.
Shining toe-rings or bicchhua in silver are traditionally gifted by the groom’s mother to the bride and are slipped on to the second toe of each foot during the wedding ceremonies.
Ittar is the perfume of choice to keep the bride fresh throughout the wedding ceremonies and drive the fatigue away.
On the wedding day, the bride sees her cherished hopes and dreams come true. Create magic together with timeless bridal jewellery from Kalyan Jewellers as you make your day one to cherish for a lifetime.