Adorned in shades of yellow and green, the heavy Paithani saree and the aroma of fresh flowers flowing from her; a Maharashtrian bride has a distinct aura created around her. While every bride wears common jewellery, the styles and forms are different for the various communities and regions. Pearls and gold are the most dominating colors seen in Maharashtrian bridal jewellery. Here is a look at the jewellery that completes a Maharashtrian bride for the big day.
Mundavalya: A headband made out of gold and pearls is tied to the forehead of both the bride and the groom before they go for the ceremony. This band is known as Mundavalya which has a traditional look but is these days available in various modern styles.
Tanmani: Tanmani is a very typical Maharashtrian necklace design that is made of delicate pearls and a stone studded pendant. The tanmani normally consists of three strings or more and can be either a choker or a long one.
Hair Pin: The Maharashtrian brides normally have their hair tied into a bun with a decorative hair pin adorning it amongst many flowers.
Bangles: Bangles have a special significance in Indian weddings, and every culture has their own favourite styles. In case of Maharashtrian brides, a combination of green and gold bangles is worn by the brides. The green bangles are given by the bride’s mother while the gold ones are gifted from the groom’s side.
Nath or the Nosepin: The Maharashtrian Nath is very different from the nose pins worn by other communities. The nath is made up of pearls and emeralds and is usually found in the paisley shape. The typical design is very exclusive to the Maharashtrian bride and adds a distinct grace and charm to the bridal attire.
Toe Rings: The toe rings are a customary for every Maharashtrian bride, which is made of silver metal and given by the mother in law to the bride marking her entry into the household. The silver shining on feet graced by intricate henna designs make the bride look grand and complete in her attire for the big day.
While modern trends have largely influenced the jewellery worn by the brides these days, the traditional jewellery is still worn by most of the brides as it has its own charm.