A Maharashtrian bride is one of the most beautiful Indian brides to celebrate traditional beauty wholeheartedly on the big day. Traditionally, most Maharashtrian brides have liked pairing pearls and golds as is visible from Marathi literature & poetry as well. So you know what exactly you need to go for if you want the traditional Marathi Mulgi look. Having that sorted, it’s now time to see what all you can pick from and what significance each of the jewellery pieces hold. The rich Nauvari saree, the crescent moon adorning the forehead and the dainty mundavlya are just some bits that make up the beautiful Marathi bride. The Maharashtrian bride jewellery is a big part of the look and here is a small sneak peek into it.
- Nath – This Maharashtrian bride jewellery is one of the most prominent ones. Unlike the usual pin or ring-shaped nose pin, this one has a shape of a bow. A concoction made of pearls and rubies or emeralds, the Maharashtrian Nath is an indicator of a family’s wealth. It may even come in different shapes and styles depending on what region of Maharashtra it originates from.
- Vaaki – It is usually a Bajuband, clasped a little below the shoulder on the bride’s arm. Traditionally, it was worn on both the arms but with changing times, wearing it on only one arm became fashionable. The more traditional designs of this Maharashtrian bride jewellery consisted of a solid gold armlet with precious stones studded in the middle.
- Bugadi – A pretty little addition to the ear jewellery, Bugadi hangs off the upper curve of the helix. With a base of gold, this jewellery has studs of precious stones. However, in modern times it seems to have also become a style statement and worn casually in oxidised silver.
- Lakshmi Haar – Also popularly known as temple jewellery, it is one of the longer ones. It adorns a big lovely carving of Lakshmi ji in the centre and the rest of the Haar may either have coin-shaped or paisley-shaped gold work on it. Known as the goddess of wealth, the significance of Lakshmi in this Haar has again to do with the wealth and prosperity of the family.
- Bakuli Haar – It is a long chain comprising of 2-3 strings of Gold. This jewellery has carvings in small elegant flower motifs. The term Bakuli stands for something that blossoms. It is undoubtedly a really beautiful addition to your bejewelled neck.
- Putli Haar – It is a piece made up of little coins woven closely together. Each of these coins has been carved with motifs of Goddess Lakshmi or Goddess Sita, so as to signify wealth and fortune. The Putli Haar may be extravagant but is also very elegant.
- Moti Haar – A choker style pearl necklace, the Moti Haar does a lovely job of enhancing the bride’s neck. Also known as Tikada, the jewellery may even have precious stones embedded as a pendant or just spread across the choker. If you ever decide to be the bride, who just wants the Tikada to adorn her neck then pair them up with a heavy pair of earrings to complete the getup and look gorgeous.
- Maharashtrian Chura – For a Maharashtrian bride, this Chura comes in the form of green glass bangles. And it pairs up well with 24 karat gold Pichodi bangles. The Pichodi bangles come in a lot of different designs. And maybe worn in a set of two on both the wrists. Worn in odd numbers this gold and green Chura is a symbol as well as a blessing of fertility for the bride.