Hindu World

Significance of Bangles in Hindu Culture

Traditional Indian Bangle seem ever-present from hands of a goddess of learning; Saraswati to an excavation from Mohanjodaro.  Bangles were made in terracotta, copper, shell, gold, glass, silver, bronze, and lac. They continue to pervade the Indian culture through auspicious presence at crucial occasions. In some cultures, married women wear glass bangles to symbolize well-being or husbands and sons. A sacred nature of these jewels is depicted by a custom that makes breaking of a glass bangle a bad omen. The depth of cultural symbolism in India is apparent as some cultures do not allow their womenfolk to remain bare handed, even today. It is considered inauspicious.