Necklace (Manga sutra)
Manga sutra is also an ornament that is used mostly by Hindu religion. Manga sutra is believed to be an important ornaments as it represents the woman life. It is worn as a symbol of marital dignity and chastity. Manga sutra carries immense importance in Hindu weddings as well as in the lives of Hindu married women. If a girl is wearing a manga sutra then she is said to be married and this represent her husband. Manga sutra is wore and practiced in India, Srilanka, and Nepal. Manga sutra is a thread which is knotted around the bride’s neck. It is usually a necklace with black beads strung from a black or yellow thread prepared with turmeric. Sometimes gold, white or red beads are also added to the manga sutra, depending on regional variation. It is a symbol of marriage worn by women. In certain communities, the groom ties the first knot while his sister tie the rest of the knots.
The main thing that the managa sutra signifies is manga sutra is worn for the long life of the husband. Firstly it was mentioned by Adi Shankar in his famous book Soundarya Lahari. Dictated by religious customs and social expectations, married women have to wear manga sutra throughout their life as it is believed that the practice enhances the well-being of her husband.
In India manga sutra is named differently in different religion like : thaali in Malayalam, manga sutra in Marathi, mangalyasutra, thaali in Kannada, mangalasutramu or pustule in Telugu, thaali in Tamil and many more similarly in Nepal manga sutra is simply known as Pote which consists of red, yellow, green etc and extra other color that represents the brides.
Manga sutras are made up of various designs using various materials like: gold, beads, crystal, stones and many others.
They are mostly used by Hindu women and this necklace represents cultures, traditions, simplicity as well symbolize of marriage and is worn by the bride until her husband's death. Nowadays many fashion conscious families search for lighter versions, with a single vati or more contemporary style. Manga sutra is also known as the most important part of marriage without which the marriage ceremony can’t be complete. Manga sutra mainly is made by bride’s family but sometime it is eve brought groom’s family as well.
In modern times, manga sutra has also become a fashion statement. Women now go for exclusive designs and are ready to experiment. Thanks to the soap operas on the television that have significantly contributed to the change in the mindset. Nowadays, Manga sutra has been recognized as a fashion too many people wore manga sutra of different for fashion, though in appearance it looks like a jewelry item, it is definitely much more than that and it is the simplest and convenient form of jewelry that every can wear. Manga sutra add up beauties in bride which make them feel special. So lastly, it’s an important part of woman’s life and of family as well.