Why do Hindu women wear Bangles?

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Why do Hindu women wear Bangles


Bangles, the word derived from a Hindi term, Bangri which is defined as an ornament that adorns the arm. But, do Indian women wear bangles just to enhance their feminine grace or this ancient tradition has a scientific significance?


Wearing bangles holds a special significance in Hinduism. It is an essential accessory which is considered as a sign of ‘Suhag’. May be most of the girls or women wear bangles just as an accessory now-a-days, but they originated around specific beliefs and traditions holding a scientific meaning.


Let me help you understand why do Hindu women wear bangles?




  • The scientific reason behind wearing bangles is to maintain the blood circulation level. In the human body, the wrist part is constantly active. Bangles, worn around the wrist produces constant friction which leads to increased level of blood circulation.


  • Women are involved in limited physical work which may lead to increased blood pressure which generally results in growing impatience in the person. Wearing bangles are believed to help in controlling this problem.


  • The shape of the bangles is usually round which helps in preserving the body energy. The electricity releasing from the body through the skin is reverted due to the round shaped bangles.


  • Indian culture states that it is mandatory for married women to wear bangles. Few communities stress on teaming up glass bangles along with gold bangles which symbolizes the prosperity of husband and children.


  • The southern states of India consider gold as very auspicious. Brides in southern communities are seen wearing gold bangles teamed up with green coloured glass bangles since the green colour is a mark of welfare and fertility.


  • Northern states of India usually follow a tradition of wearing red bangles along with the golden ones. Brides in Punjab wears ‘Chudha’, a beautiful combination of red and white bangles since the red colour signifies energy while the white colour symbolizes new beginnings.


  • Sounds created by the glass bangles keep negative energies away.


  • Indian brides follow a custom of wearing a smaller size bangle on her wedding day as smaller bangles are believed to bring more happiness in her married life.


  • Few communities do not allow women to keep bare arm even while changing bangles. Widows have to break their glass bangles as a sign of mourning.


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