Temple jewellery is an essential contribution by the kings of the Chola dynasty, the most significant dynasty in the country that bought reforms in the arena of art, culture and literature. Dated back to the 9th century, the kings of the Chola dynasty played a major role in the development of the South Indian culture. The temple jewellery back then was used to adorn the deities and was a symbol of prosperity and wealth. In the temples of South India, were held workshops that accelerated the craft of jewellery. The designs of the temple jewellery are thus inspired by the sculptures in the pillars of temples of Tamil Nadu, and that is where the jewellery got its name and came to be known as temple jewellery. At that time, temple jewellery was made up of pure gold and was embedded with uncut precious stones.
Temple jewellery is completely handmade and requires an extremely skilful hand. It gained momentum until the 16th century. In spite of firm and puissant spread of the British and other cultures, the temple jewellery did not lose its essence. Temple jewellery then became a constant ornament for classical dancers as well. Soon after, temple jewellery was synonymous to good luck and respect towards God. Women in South India wore them on various occasions including festivals and weddings. Temple jewellery has gained importance in the north as well lately.
The jewellery is now imitated and made up of cheaper metals to increase affordability. A major part of real temple jewellery is crafted in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu. This is because the artisanship requires extremely fine skills and experience. Achievement of the level of finesse that the jewellery entails is not a matter of a few days. It takes for up to a year to complete. Some much-desired motifs include the ones of goddess Laxmi and Ganesh. You can totally adorn an extraordinary piece of temple jewellery on your wedding day!