Red bangles for brides are a Hindu tradition. But, do Indian women wear bangles just to enhance their feminine grace or this ancient tradition has a scientific significance?
Wearing bangles holds a special significance in Hinduism. It is an essential accessory which is considered as a sign of ‘Suhag’.
These beauty accessories are documented in Hindu wedding Shastras and originated around specific beliefs and traditions holding a scientific meaning.
History of Bangles
Bangles, the word derived from a Hindi term, Bangri which is defined as an ornament that adorns the arm.
Bangles have been found in many archaeological sites in India, with the oldest examples dating back to 2,000 B.C. or earlier. Those early bangles were usually made from copper or bronze.
Why the bangles are important in women’s life? The benefit of wearing bangles-
Scientific reason behind wearing bangles-
The scientific reason behind wearing bangles is to maintain the blood circulation level. In the human body, the wrist part is constantly active. Bangles, worn around the wrist produce constant friction which leads to an increased level of blood circulation. The red color symbolizes energy & is believed to promote fertility by sensitizing the wrist region.
Sounds created by the glass bangles keep negative energies away.
Bangles help in normal delivery-
Baby shower is an Indian tradition and nowadays becoming popular in the world. But according to doctors, there is a scientific reason behind gifting bangles to pregnant women during the baby shower. During baby, shower bangles are gifted to pregnant women because the tinkal of bangles provides acoustic stimuli for the baby. The calming or cheerful sound reduces a pregnant woman’s stress and depression.
Red color denotes happiness, luck & a new beginning for the bride, strengthen the bond between a couple.
Bangles worn for a minimum period of 40-45 days after the wedding day.
Bangles in Indian Culture-
In an Indian wedding, all the rituals that are followed hold some cultural or religious significance for the bride and groom. The same goes for the chooda ceremony that is a part of north Indian weddings. These two ceremonies are especially held for the bride-to-be.
Traditionally, a set of 21 bangles in redand white is gifted by the brides maternal uncle & aunt.
A puja or havan is usually organised during the chooda ceremony.
The bangles are first purified with milk and rose petals. Before it is put on the bride’s wrist by her maternal uncle, all the close relatives touch the chooda as a mark of their blessings. After that, the wrist is covered with a white cloth, as the bride cannot see the chooda till the time when she gets ready for her wedding. Indian culture states that it is mandatory for married women to wear bangles.
What happen if Bangles breaks?
Breaking of bangles (Chudiyan) is considered to bad omen and in auspicious it is also said that bangles should be replaced without the husband being aware of it.