If there is anything that represents the grace and culture of Maharashtra in jewelry, it is the Maharashtrian necklaces. Maharashtrian jewelry is incomplete without a necklace, fondly called a ‘haar’. These necklaces are inspired by temple jewelry designs and give a very traditional and rich look to your appearance. In this blog, we’re going to share with you a list of the different types of Maharashtrian bridal necklaces that have us mesmerized.
OG Maharashtrian Bridal Necklaces for Your Wedding
Maharashtrian necklaces are different because of their vibrant color combinations and unique ethnic designs. The designs of Maharashtrian bridal jewelry are inspired by ancient Peshwa dynasty jewelers. Most of the Maharashtrian necklaces are made in Kolhapur and vary in design according to usage and occasion.
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The Kolhapuri Saaj, which takes its name from the prominent city of Kolhapur, is a customary gold necklace worn by Maharashtrian women. It is surrounded by a multitude of religious motifs, including the 10 manifestations of Lord Vishnu, with the "saajh ghat" acting as its main pendant. Instead of the 21 leaves or pendants that usually decorate necklaces, modern versions use 10 to 12 pendants.
Another gorgeous piece of Maharashtrian bridal jewelry that completes a magnificent Marathi bridal outfit is Mohan Mala. It is a long necklace with multiple layers comprising tiny, spherical, golden beads. Layers can range from 2 to 8 strings, and they have an extravagant appearance. It typically contains side or center pendants that are adorned with different patterns. You can wear the Mohan Mala either alone or layered with other necklaces or Mohan Malas of different lengths.
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Putli Haar, also known as Laxmi Haar, is a necklace with a few rounds of coins on it that are embellished with images of Goddess Laxmi. Laxmi's motifs suggest wealth. These coins are connected with a silk Patwa chord that has been braided. A temple necklace in Maharashtrian jewelry, the Putli Haar has been a significant component of Maharashtrian bridal jewelry since the 17th century.
Tanmani Bridal Necklace
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The Tanmani is a traditional necklace with multiple pearl strands and a grand pendant in the middle with an exquisite and elaborate design encrusted with diamonds and other precious gemstones. Navratna or green stones are now available, however pink or red stones are still the most common choice for this pendant. Tanmani has an adjustable dori in the back so you can wear it at any length you want.
Thussi Bridal Necklace
The Thussi necklace is one of the many pieces of Indian jewelry that Marathi women typically wear and perhaps one of the quintessential pieces of Maharashtrian bridal jewelry. At weddings, festivals, and other special events, newlyweds and married ladies alike don this gold necklace for women. The truly unusual pattern on this choker-style Indian bridal necklace complements their traditional clothing.