Considered a symbol of prosperity and wealth, gold jewellery is generally highly regarded across India. A prime on occasion on which it is dawned without any inhibitions is marriage. It is auspicious for the bride to adorn herself in gold ornaments on the day of her wedding. However, in some regions of the country, gold plays a more important and significant role in weddings.
South Indians are known for their opulence and love for gold. Their weddings require that the bride be decorated in jewellery from head to toe. There are pieces thus, that adorn every part of her attire. This practice is symbolic of traditions and the jewellery is often referred to as temple jewellery as it is engraved with the silhouettes of Gods and Goddesses.
Let’s get into the details of the ornaments:
The Papidi Billa or Maang Tika
Symbolising the holy union, the Papidi Billa rests on the head of the bride, also where the agya chakra resides. This accessory is placed on the hairline and its pendant-like piece is what rests on the forehead.
The Kasu Mala or Kasulaperu (Coin Necklace)
Usually engraved with the impression of Goddess Lakshmi, a collection of coins is finely arranged to make a necklace that is symmetrical and beautiful. The Kasu Mala or Kasu Malai is one of the most revered pieces of traditional temple jewellery amongst South Indians.
The Bajubandh, Vanki or Armlet
The armlet or Vanki was originally an ornament worn by men. Over the years the tradition and practice of women wearing Vanki has come into being and they are a special part of the wedding attire. These armlets or Bajubandhs can be intricately designed and embossed with temple motifs or can be plain sheets of precious metal.
The Guttapusalu or Necklace
The Guttapusalu is nothing like contemporary necklaces we are used to seeing. They are complex in design and rich in appearance. They are often a combination of Gold and small pearls or Gold and ruby stones, worked to form small, dangling bunches along the length of the necklace.
South Indian weddings see jewellery made mostly of traditional Nakshi work, Pachhi/Pachi work and Kanti designs. These pieces are usually hand crafted and take months of work. The solid gold is moulded, craved and embossed to give it the desired shape and engrave motifs.
The traditional South Indian jewellery is thus a work of fine art and craftsmanship. Walk in to Krishna Jewellers at Jubilee Hills and explore fine traditional, South Indian Temple Jewellery.