The word 'mangalsutra' is derived from the two words, mangal meaning holy or auspicious and sutra meaning thread. It is a sacred necklace that the groom ties around the bride's neck on the day of the wedding in a ceremony called Mangalya dharanam (meaning - wearing the auspicious), thereby giving her the status of his wife and life mate.
Thereafter, the wife wears the mangalsutra all her life or till the time the husband is alive as a sign of their marriage, mutual love and goodwill, understanding and faithful commitment to one another...Read Full Article
Is the mangalsutra losing its meaning? Nowadays, it is more of a fashion statement than a symbol of love and marriage. Rarely does a working woman don a mangalsutra over her party dress or business suit. Is it relevant for the modern day woman? Please feel free to post you comments below...
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