Friday, March 18, 2011

The Shankh Pola Bangles



The Red and White bangles worn by the married woman of Bengal are known as Shankh Pola Bangles. The white ones are made of Shankh meaning Conch shell and the red ones I think are of lac. Some say white bangles are made of Ivory. But I think that would have been in the past as these days, there is a ban on ivory and it is costly too. Moreover Shankh means Conch shell. 

Here is a glimpse:
This goes well with their traditional white/off white  and red sari. I always have a pair of these saris. I love the combination.


These bangles were offered to goddess Kali in Kolkata and after performing Pooja there they were blessed and given to me by my friend. The yellow stains you see on the white bangles is that of turmeric. I always wanted to own one pair of these bangles and now my wish is fulfilled :)......

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6 comments:

mashhood said...

a type of CHUDA for north Indian women... they look really beautifull....

Anonymous said...

Awesome!! I jus LOVE those bangles!!! I am a south-indian Girl. I wish to know whether these bangles are available only in Bengal. I wish to wear them :) . Thank you very much for posting this. I've read in books that Bengalis used to give bangles to Kali-ma temple

Shruthi

Ms Sharma said...

Shruthi, They may be available in big cities of South India too. We need to check up with big bangle shops or those situated in those areas where Bengalis and North Indians are residing.
If I come across any I will post the address

Preethi said...

https://www.facebook.com/YourBongConnection?ref=ts&fref=ts

You can buy Shakha's in Bangalore Tooo... :)

yourbongconnection@gmail.com

గాయత్రి said...

nice posting.

thank you very much preeti for info of shakha bangles. i had that bangles long back, now a days size of that bangles is too small to me. need to buy new one. now shaaka is in my collection. thank u again..:)

Ms Sharma said...

Thank you Gayatri and Preethi