Hindu Symbol For Marriage

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The word mangalsutra is derived from the two words, Mangal, meaning "holy or auspicious," and sutra meaning "thread."  It is a sacred necklace that the groom ties around the bride's neck on the day of the wedding in a ceremony called Mangalya dharanam (meaning "wearing the auspicious"), thereby giving her the status of his wife and life mate. Thereafter, the wife wears the mangalsutra all her life or until the husband passes, as a sign of their marriage, mutual love and goodwill, understanding and faithful commitment.