India And Its Magnificent Temple Jewellery

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India And Its Magnificent Temple Jewellery Photo by Ashish  Kaith

Everyone knows that India is the land of diverse religions, cultures and people. However, something which garners more attention is the Indian's undying love for beautiful jewellery. From chunky gold jewellery to a simple beaded necklace, the best thing about Indian jewellery is the variety of designs it offers. Weaving tradition and elegance, Indian jewellers create artistic unique designs which rekindles one's love for gold. Indian ornaments are well-known for their intricate detailing, elaborate design and vibrant colourful gemstones. Although all gold jewellery in India is made with acute precision, there is something special about temple gold jewellery, which is more famous in the southern parts of India.

A speciality of Nagercoil, Temple jewellery has elaborate designs that are unique and ooze grandeur. Embellished with abundant intricate diamonds and gemstones, these ornaments are made of 22K pure yellow gold, with an image of a Hindu deity. Originally created to adorn the gods and goddesses in the temples, this jewellery was then used by the Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi dancers during their performances. Passed down from generation to generation, temple inspired jewellery has been a part of the South Indian culture for about 1000 years. Being a  symbol of royalty and prosperity, this gold jewellery was extensively used by members of the royal family, especially by the kings and queens.

Many people assume that all temple inspired jewellery have images of gods and deities. However, every pattern inspired from nature is also a part of the temple jewellery collection. This includes designs of leaves, birds, flowers and animals engraved on gold. Popular temple jewellery usually have a pendant design of has goddess Mahalakshmi - the goddess of luck and fortune, seated on a lotus. The images of Lord Krishna, Ganesha, Balaji and Vishnu have also become popular in recent times. The main attraction of temple inspired jewellery is the pendants which are huge and alluring with sparkling gemstones and pearls etched on them.

Traditionally, temple jewellery were embellished only with emeralds, rubies, diamonds and pearls. However, modern jewellers now experiment with the gemstones and designs to create unique jewellery,  which is customized as per the order. Being rich and colourful, temple inspired jewellery are more suitable with traditional Indian attire. However, a delicate pendant with minimal beads and stones will also complement western attire. A variety of choices are available in the market and one can choose their favourite deity as the pendant. Although there is a huge collection of temple inspired jewellery, all of the designs may not be suitable for everyone. So, it is better to try the gold sets personally before purchasing them.

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