Significance of Shakha Paula for a Bengali Bride
Bengali matrimonial are steeped in rich culture and traditions with every ritual performed with great aplomb. The Bengali bride like any other bride is given utmost importance and looks surreal in her red wedding attire and traditional get up. There are many unique rituals and accessories that a Bengali bride adorns as a part of her culture and heritage.
Hindu Bengali women wear certain symbols of marriage, like shakha, pola, loha and sindoor. Shakha are white bangles of conch-shell and pola are red bangles made of red corals. Shakha and pola are worn in both the hands. It is to be seen that within one year of the marriage, they do not break. If anything of that sort happens, it is not considered good omen for the married life of the bride. Loha is a bangle made of iron. It is worn only in the left hand. It may or may not be covered by gold. Sindoor is vermilion which is applied on the parting of the hair. Usage of sindoor by a woman implies that she is already married. All these are symbols of marriage for Hindu Bengali women. Many believe that wearing these could ward off bad omens
All four of these are symbols of marriage for Hindu Bengali women. Many believe that wearing these could ward off bad omens.
There was a very good time for Shakhari community, when we all used to follow our tradition but with modernization and as time passing by, use of shakha decreased drastically. Most of the people from shakhari community belongs to lower middleclass. They don’t have another skill to survive. And top of these they can’t reach out to the end customer directly, all middle man takes the big share of it and left the shakhari community in the dark.
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