Part of the Solah Shringar or the Sixteen Adornments of the Bride, Toe Rings are Traditional Ornaments worn by the Indian Women on the Second Toe of both feet and symbolizes that a woman is married.
Bichiya in Hindi, Jodavi in Marathi, Mettelu in Telugu, Metti in Tamil, Kaalungura in Kannada.
When is it worn?
Women start wearing them on the Wedding Day and for the rest of their married life.
What are they made from?
Mostly made of Silver or any other metal. Gold & Diamonds are avoided as it is considered inauspicious to wear them on the feet.
Where would you find them?
Usually available in Jewellery shops or Fancy Stores
The usage of this ornament dates back to the prehistoric times with mention of it in the epics such as Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
In the Tamil & Telugu communities, the Groom fits the toe-rings for the Bride while her feet are placed on a Stone. Whereas in Kannadiga community, it is the Maternal Uncle of the Bride who fits them for the Bride.
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However, in most North Indian communities, the Bride wears them on even before she enters the Mandap.
Toe Rings could come in sets as well, and may have up to 4 rings for the first four toes.
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