Maharashtrian mangalsutra

If there is one custom that can sum up the wedding traditions in diverse parts of India, it is the tying of the “Mangalsutra”. In this state of Maharashtra, the Mangalsutras are not very different from the rest of the states. They are black beaded chains with two gold discs, which are strung together. These discs represent the “Siva” and “shakti”, which are believed to be united by the golden balls in between. Apart from being a symbol of holy communion of two souls, this chain is also known to ward off the evil eye. This article shall look at some of the many Maharashtrian Mangalsutra designs and their features with images.