Thursday, January 2, 2014

Traditional Ornaments and their Significance

From Vedic days up till today there are a number of Ornamental jewellery  which is used during now and then, which can be seen on the sculptures of the temples. Both men and women use jewellery in day to day life. Just to remind them of the past life styles and fashions, I list below a few of the jewellery and ornaments that were used in those olden days and it's scientific value.

Yester year’s women's favorite ornaments are listed with its usage and explained with its significance of wearing the same. Ornaments and Jewels are considered fashionable all over the globe. But in ancient times, Indians & majority of Hindu women used these ornaments, mainly made of Gold and some Silver, with so beautiful crafting and designs, all the good work handcrafted by goldsmiths.

There were and are numerous ornament decorative or otherwise but the Hindus wore these ornaments in every visible part of their body! They wore jewellery items not just for show, but with some inner meaning to it(some which I found online and some passed on from generations to generations, I don’t have any scientific proof’s to prove them).

To begin with, an ornament used by Indian married women, as Metti (Suttungal), in general worn by Brahmin women in particular, is made of Silver. This is a ring with two or three line rounds, worn in their second finger from toe. By wearing this in both feet, it is believed, that their menstrual cycle course is regularized with even intervals. This gives good scope for conceiving to married women. Also it is said that a particular nerve in the second finger from toe, also connects the uterus and passes through the heart. Because of this, the constant friction caused while walking and doing all sorts of chores during a day, it revitalizes the productivity organs. Silver being a good conductor, it also absorbs the energy from the polar energies from the earth and passes it to the body, thus refreshing whole body system.

Next, above the feet joint, we wear an ornament known as kolusu in Tamil (Ghejje), Ghungru in Hindi, which is known as Anklets in English. It is widely believed that by wearing this, one's energy is not wasted but re-vibrated back to one's own body. How far this is true just cannot be said, but for generations Indian women of all ages and walks wear this ornament. Even the new generation wear it . This item made of Silver and is available in so many attractive designs and it really makes a woman pretty. Sometimesthe anklets are also made of gold though it is said that humans are not
supposed to wear anklets made of gold as it is only used for Gods and Goddesses.

Another jewellery ornament used by Indian women as Hip Belt called Oddiyaanam (Kurta Patto). This too, is made of Silver, but the usage of this is not common. It is very particularly used to control women from getting fatter and to avoid deposition of fat (flab) in hip and pot belly. Since no women use it these days one can see the results that are visible! If it was ever scientifically proved we would have to close all the gyms and there would be no crash diets.

A piece of stud like ornament worn by women on their nose, commonly known as nose-ring (known as Mukkuthi or Mookuthi in Tamil and Nath in Hindi). The custom to wear this ornamental jewel is typically different from one state to other, one caste to other and even different amongst communities. Some use it in their left nose, some at right and few wear it in both sides of their nose. Though it is mainly used for beautifying women, the in-depth meaning can't be termed as an unfound myth. It is considered as a breath regularizer and some say it is just to eliminate the poison (i.e the carbon dioxide) which we inhale along with oxygen. Because the practice varies from one part to another, one cannot be sure what the actual benefit derived is, by using this item. But traditions apart, every community and caste, without any barrier uses this nose-stead. No one can deny, that this ornament adds extra beauty to the wearer!

These are just the beliefs that do not match the modern thinking but are accepted by few clusters of people.

After all,

The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.

                                                                                       - Mahatma Gandhi