WHY IS IT A TRADITION FOR INDIAN WOMEN TO WEAR SILVER PAYALS, BICHIYA(TOE RING) AND OTHER SILVER JEWELLERY?
SILVER ORNAMENTS ESPECIALLY PAYALS AND TOE RINGS HAS ENJOYED A VERY SIGNIFICANT POSITION IN INDIAN CULTURE, DATING AS FAR AS TIME OF RAMAYANA, WHERE GODESS SITA THROWS HER TOE RINGS FOR HELPING LORD RAM TO FIND HER ON HER WAY TO LANKA. LET US UNDERSTAND WHY THESE ORNAMENTS HAS PRESCIBED FOR WOMEN ESPECIALLY MARRIED ONE’S IN OUR VEDAS AND SHASTRAS. THE REASONS ARE BOTH SOCIAL AS WELL AS SCENTICFIC.
The woman wears a lot of gold jewellery in any Hindu religion, hence a lot of electrical currents are produced in the body. To counter these currents and to keep the positive energy flowing in the body, the practice of wearing Silver anklets is established.
It has been medically proven that wearing of anklets made of pure silver around the ankles stops the inflammation of foot soles. This beautiful jewellery regulates blood circulation and thus aids in curing swollen heels.
Anklets are An Immunity Booster. With the sweet tinkling sound making wonders around you, wearing these silver anklets activates lymph glands in the body and boosts immunity. Wearing anklets is beneficial in being a cure of gynecological disorders like menstrual diseases, infertility, hormonal imbalance and abnormal conditions of obstetrics.
3. ANOTHER scientific reason given for wearing anklets is that by wearing the anklets, one's energy is not wasted but re-vibrated back to one's own body.
4. Anklets are a part of the 16 shringaar for Indian women. Wearing anklets is a sign of the marital status in many Hindu cultures and is considered to be a symbol of good luck for herself and her husband.
IN ANCIENT INDIAN SOCIETY, WEARING OF PAYALS WOULD HELP DISTINGUISH MARRIED WOMEN FROM UNMARRIED ONES. ALSO, IN THE ANCIENT JOINT FAMILY HINDU FAMILY SETTING, THE SOUND OF PAYALS WOULD INDICATE THE MEN OF THE FAMILY THAT THE WOMAN IS APPROACHING, THUS ALERTING THEM TO BE AT THEIR BEST BEHAVIOUR TO AVOID EMBARESEMENT.
Wearing of TOE RINGS is highly practiced in India. It is worn as a symbol of married state by Hindu women and is called Bichiya (pronounced: bee-chee-ya) in Hindi, Mettelu in Telugu, Metti in Tamil,Kalungura in Kannada. Toe rings (also known as bichwa) are a must for married Hindu woman. Tradition of wearing toe rings carries tremendous social significance for married women in India. Both Hindu’s and Muslim Women wear these Toe rings, as a symbol of Married state. They are usually made of silver and worn in pairs on the second toe of both feet.
There is also a belief that the wearing of toe rings press on certain nerves that pertain to the reproductive system, keeping it in balance and healthy.
By wearing this in both feet, it is believed, that their menstrual cycle course is regularized with even intervals. This gives good scope for conceiving to married women.
Also it is said just because that particular nerve in the second finger from toe, also connects the uteruses and passes thru heart. Because of this, the constant friction caused while walking and doing all sorts of chores during a day, it revitalizes the productivity organs.
As Silver being a good conductor, it also absorbs the energy from the polar energies from the earth and passes it to the body, thus refreshing whole body system.