Sunday, September 1, 2013

The quintessential asset of a Bengali Bride - (collectively served in a platter)

The best feature to highlight a Bengali home can be inherited from a Bangla wedding and when it comes to this discretion, what could be better than serving a platter of a Bengali Bride's asset to enhance the decor on your table-top.

And when it comes to picking the best of the bridal asset, shidoor kouto (vermillion container) , gaach kouto, kori and sankha is definitely my pick from the lot.

Each of these items have their own significance in a Bengali wedding (significant to the bride and to the family she is entering to). The "Gaach Kouto" is a pot containing a red powder, called sindoor, and a silver coin, which is believed as an accessory of Goddess Lakshmi. So Gaach Kouto symbolizes to bring wealth and blessings of Maa Lakshmi.

Talking about another significance, "Sankha Porano" (wearing Sankha bangles) ceremony is performed by the bride at her wedding. She dons a new sari and the sankha pola, or the conch-shell bangle that has been washed in turmeric water. While the priest chants the sacred verses, 7 married women help the bride wear this bangle that is symbolic of a strong and long lasting relationship.

So why not carry the blessings of Maa Lakshmi and the bond of a long lasting relationship embedded in the decor of your house to make it symbolic, colorful yet meaningful hub.