Why do Bengali married women wear white and red bangles?

Bengali marriages are full of rituals and this makes the whole celebration more happening. The backbone of Bengali marriage consists of four parts- wearing Sankha, pola, loha and sindur daan.

What is sankha-pola-loha?

Sankha is a pair of white bangle made up with conch shell, Pola is a pair of red bangle made up with red corals and loha is a simple iron bangle. These things are an inseparable traditional part of every bengali girl's marriage life. Sankha-pola & loha are given by her parents & in-laws respectively. She wears these white and red bangles in both hands. But loha worn in left hand only.


Tales behind it:

On the wedding day morning, a performing ceremony named “Doodhi Mangal” is done. At this time Sankha-Pola is being soaked in a bowl full of turmeric mixed water and then seven married women put on this bangles into the bride’s hand. It is believed as the seven forms of the goddess. According to mythology, This sankha-pola custom has come from a fishermen’s story. As they can’t afford costly jewellery they use to wear these kind of white and red bangles. It is also believed that these bangles and loha has that power to handle negative and positive vibes together.

Logic behind it:

Actually, these two white and red bangle flows a beautiful radiance to the hands of the bride. It increases the circulation of blood in the carpal shaft area where the central nerve passes in the forearm. It generates static activation sites in the human body. Wearing these bangles results in improved lifestyle & makes you more energetic.

Beyond science, Sankha-pola is known as the symbol of a married woman. A lot of superstition is also there about wearing these bangles. Take this just as a custom of the Bengali wedding.