The Magnificent Wedding Trousseaus of Marathi Brides

marathi-bride-slAs we all are aware of the fact that India is a land of different cultures, and boasts of a number of communities and religious groups. Among such communities, the Marathi community is one, an Indo-Aryan ethnic group that inhabits the Maharashtra region and state of western India The Marathi people believe in great simplicity during the ceremonial celebrations. One can easily visualize the perfect amalgamation of both north Indian and south Indian cultures in the Marathi samskaras or sacraments as well as rituals. For solemnizing weddings, the Marathi community prefers morning or afternoon as the most auspicious time.

The sari

The typical Marathi bridal saris are available in colors like yellow, bottle green as well as purple. The most popular type of the bridal saris is Paithani, which come with a beautiful golden border. Bottle green sari with a length of nine-yards is draped in a traditional Marathi style, which distinguishes a Marathi bride from others. Wearing a sari in the Marathi style is known as “Kashta” or “Navari” sari, where the sari is tucked from in between the legs. Among the Marathi people, green is believed to be most auspicious and is the symbol of luck and prosperity, so you can easily find Marathi brides being dressed in beautiful hues of green.

The hairstyle

Hair is properly tied on the back to form a bun, which is given that look with numerous strands of white Mogra flowers, also known as gajra. The hairstyle is kept very simple to give an elegant look. There is also a tradition of applying intricate and beautiful patterns of henna on the hands and feet of the bride.

The jewelry

Usually the Maratha brides wear gold and pearls jewelry. A bottle green, yellow or purple sari that is paired with a bindi, a seven pearl earring and a nose ring made up of nine pearls enhance the beauty of the bride significantly. As per the traditions, a Marathi bride is supposed to wear green glass bangles, also known as chuda, along with gold or pearl bangles, as per individual choices. The bride also adorns a gold waistband, silver anklets and toe rings, which are believed to be the sign of fertility and fortune.

Another accessory that a Marathi bride is the Mangtikka, which she wears on her forehead, and is tucked in the bun. The Mangtikka is traditionally made up of small sized pearls, and is available in the market in various designs. The bride puts a crescent moon shaped bindi with a small dot below it.

There is also an increasing trend of liking for diamond and other precious stones among the Marathi brides. Apart from regularly worn gold and pearl jewelry, the brides nowadays have started showing their interest in these precious and other semi-precious stones as well. Diamond earrings, rings and light sets are getting more and more popular among the new age brides.

Both bride and groom wear Mundavalya, which are again the pearl strands tied horizontally across the forehead and on both sides of the face. The vertical strands of Mundavalya dangle to the chin. All dressed as a bride, the girl who is about to get married is believed to be an embodiment of Goddess Parvati in the Marathi community.

Author Bio: Rashmi Karan is a professional writer who writes about the relationships and matrimonial alliances.  She also details about weddings in Marathi Community for