Scientific Significance of Hindu Women Bangles

Wearing Bangles is not to match the attire and look pretty only.
It has its own Scientific Significance too!

Since ancient times, it has been seen that women have adorned their hands with bangles of all kinds, colors and designs, that are made of numerous different materials including glass, metal, wood, terracotta, lac, stone, ivory, gold, silver, copper etc. Today, markets are bursting to their seams with the different types of man and machine made bangle options, where one can find every conceivable colour and pattern to go with just about any outfit.

If we look at the history, an astonishing fact that is revealed is that a dancing girl figurine made of bronze with its origins lying in the most ancient civilization of Mohenjo-Daro and ranks among one of the oldest artifacts in India also features bangles! The nude statue has a hand placed on its hip that is weighed down with several bangles adorning the slender wrist. So whether we call it a bangle, kada, kangan, kaanch ki choodiyaan (glass bangles), the whole concept of wearing bangles dates back several civilizations like the Mauryan and Taxila empires and even before, dating back to 2000 BC and earlier.

In India, the significance of bangles has been primarily associated with marriage. A Hindu bride’s bangles signify that she is a married woman, much like the wedding ring counterpart in the West. All over India, different types of bangles and various colors signify different things. For example, it is mandatory for a married woman in Maharashtra to wear green glass bangles, and a Punjabi bride will wear white and red bangles referred to as ‘chuda’ during her wedding ceremony and for some months thereafter.

If we go by the traditional beliefs, then glass bangles of smaller sizes are considered auspicious and the bride’s sisters and friends use scented oils to help the bride slip on the smallest size possible. It is also believed that a married woman should always have glass bangles on as a safety and good luck charm for her husband. Symbolically, the breaking of glass bangles is considered a bad omen, and a woman who is widowed will break all the glass bangles she is wearing. The color of bangles also has importance wherein red signifies energy, blue strength, green luck and marriage, yellow happiness, white for new beginnings, orange for success and black for power. Gold bangles signify fortune and silver means strength.

In today’s era, gone are the days of only glass or other traditional bangles. Today there is a multitude of choices to select from. However, one should be aware of certain things and not get carried away in the name of fashion. Glass bangles attract positive energy and ward off negative vibrations, and the opposite is true for plastic bangles. Our old traditions have very sound scientific foundation, and one must ensure that one uses high quality bangles of material known to attract the good energies. When you choose such bangles, it keeps you positive and energetic, and looks fashionable as well.

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