Solah Sringhar

The word Sringaar comes from Sri which is the name of Goddess Lakshmi.
It is believed in Hindu mythology that the 16 phases of moon has a negative effect on the woman’s menstrual cycle. Traditionally the solah sringaar correspond to the 16 phases of moon and when donned they nullify the negative effects.

These are

1. bindi, a dot or tiny adorning the forehead.
( This symbolizes the third eye and is said to empower the spiritual energies and intuitive power. Also associated with kundalini)
2. Sindoor, a sacred mark of vermillion lining the parting of a bride’s hair. applied as a sign of marriage by Indian women.
( Sindoor symbolizes the energy of Parvati and Sati and Goddess Parvati wards off evil spirits and safeguards her husband, bestowing a longer life.)
3. maang tiikaa, a gold pendant that hangs over the bride’s forehead.
(Again the place of the mystical third eye as in bindi)

lab-e-laalii’n pe laakhaa hai na ruKHsaaro’n pe Gaaza hai

jabeen-e-nuur-afshaan par na jhuumar hai na Tiikaa hai
4. kaajal, putting kohl in the eyes
(Not only beautifies the eye but wards off the evil eye)
5. naath, a nose ring.
( Nose ring symbolizes spirituality, royalty, bravery and rite of passage.)

bindiyaa, chuuDii, gajraa, kangan ek taraf

sab par bhaarii kaajal dhaarii aankho’n mein



6. haar, Necklace of various beautiful  designs worn in the neck
7. Jhoomar and Karan phuul/ Earrings thatcover the entire ear.
( The triangular jhoomar is inspired by the temple and is considered to be auspicious.)

chamakta hai mere maathe pe jhuumar aaj kyun jaise

KHushii kaa chaand ban kar ghar mein aaye hain mere saajan
8. menhdi, henna designs drawn on the hands and feet.
( Henna signifies the essence of love, strength of the bond and connection between the lovrr and beloved. It also keeps away death, misery and disease. Henna has a cooling effect )

chori se uske paanv tak pahunchi thi shab ko kis tarah

aa kahin haath mat bandha kah de ab ai hina ki yun

(From pinintrest )
9. chuuDii, bangles adorning the wrists.
( their sweet sound can convey mood of the girl)

main ‘zafar’ taa-zindagi biktaa raha pardes mein

apnii ghar-vaalii ko ik kangan dilaane ke liye


10. baajuband, armlets adorning the upper arms.
(Wards of evil eye)

11. Anghooti, rings on the finger.
(Bride wears aarsi which has a mirror where supposedly she could see her husbands reflection )

12.. Keshapasharachana: styling of hair with Gajra, flowers in the hair or jewellry
13. kamarband, a waist band made of gold and precious gems.
( linked with fertility)

14. paayal, a chain adorned with small bells, often made of silver, worn around the ankle.
(Announces entry of girl in her beloved’s life. Usually silver as gold on feet is considered inauspicious )

vo ujle dariicho’n mein paayal kii chhan chhan

tanaffus* kii uljhan pe table kii dhan dhan



kyun aangan Te.Dhaa lagtaa hai

kyun paayal barham* rahtii hai



(From pinintrest)
15. itr, perfumes and fragrant oils
(Perfumes help to smell fresh and entice the Beloved as well as make the atmosphere auspicious)
16.Dress – saree or lenhga which completes the Sringaar .

Comment List

  • Jamal Jafri 14 / 02 / 2015 Reply

    Excellent! Beautiful images! Thanks for sharing!

    • Rana Safvi 14 / 02 / 2015 Reply

      Thank you

  • Smita 14 / 02 / 2015 Reply

    Brilliant ! Loved the pics, except for Shilpa Shetty’s 🙂 but that’s personal ! Being slightly pedantic here, the word ‘Shri’ in Shringar doesn’t mean goddess Lakshmi. It’s Shrungar meaning beautifully dressed .

    • Rana Safvi 14 / 02 / 2015 Reply

      Will replace Shilpa later. I couldnt find any photo of kamarband in the public domain.
      I read in couple of places about Sri but will find out more

    • Rana Safvi 14 / 02 / 2015 Reply

      And thank you

  • Roshna Kapadia 14 / 02 / 2015 Reply

    Delightful! Slide 8 shows very talented mahendi artist (and extremely patient sitter).

  • dr suresh pant 15 / 02 / 2015 Reply

    Rana ji, its a wonderful blog brilliantly written. Many people today do not know what sixteen adornments are and you have explained them with paintings/fotos. Allow me to disagree where you say this word is from shri. It is a Sanskrit word from shringa (शृंगम् = Kaama, passion), the adornment that increases Kaama is श्रृंगार.

    • Rana Safvi 16 / 02 / 2015 Reply

      Thank you Suresh ji. Someone else also said this. I will research and correct

  • Ashfaq Mehdi 22 / 01 / 2016 Reply

    So it is not Solah Singhar but actually it is Solah Sringhar. An excellent, informative and detailed (beautiful paintings / pictures) blog. I had heard or hearing about Solah Singhar sorry Sringhar since I was a kid but now I know what these 16 adornments are.
    Thank you Rana Safvi.

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