The word Mangal in hindi means ausipicious and sutra means thread, hence the name Mangalsutra which is basically an auspicious thread uniting souls. Worn as a marital status, the Mangalsutra, made out of gold usually is tied by the groom around the neck of the bride on the wedding day vowing to stay by her forever. The tradition of Mangalsutra is very ancient and the sacred thread was worn by women to protect themselves from evil. Also known as Thaali, Maangalya, Minnu and more, the Mangalsutra has its own symbols and significance based on different religions, cultures and places. There are some cultures that do not wear Mangalsutra at all.
In the recent times, the new age brides chose modern and stylish Mangalsutra over the traditional ones. To meet the new age brides’ demands, the Mangal sutras are customized in various ways.