In India marriage is considered to be a symbol of unity and Mangalsutra (auspicious thread) symbolises that eternal bond. A Mangalsutra is tied around the bride’s neck by the groom amidst chants, prayers and blessings. It’s a symbol that identifies a woman is married. It is believed that black beads in the Mangalsutra, signify protection from evil power and are believed to protect the marriage of a couple. While the significance remains the same, the name and style of the Mangalsutra varies in the North and the South of India. Interestingly, with time, there has been numerous changes in its design and style — with the latest fashion is of Mangalsutras studded with diamonds, semi precious stones and even pearls.
Here we’ll take a look at some of the most expensive Mangalsutras worn by Bollywood divas.
1. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
It has been over 10 years when Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan tied the knot. The couple married in 2007 after two years of courtship. Despite living life under public scrutiny, Abhishek and Aishwarya fiercely guard their privacy. During her marriage, she donned the traditional yellow and golden Kanjeevaram saree that was worth Rs 75 lakh and wore a mangalsutra worth Rs 45 Lakh.
2. Anushka Sharma
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma tied the knot on December 11 in a hush-hush ceremony in Italy. While Virat was dressed in an ivory raw silk sherwani hand-embroidered in a vintage Benarasi pattern, Anushka was decked up in a pale pink lehenga with renaissance embroidery in vintage English colours embellished with silver-gold metal thread, pearls and beads. As per reports the mangalsutra that she wears is of worth Rs 52 lakh.
3. Shilpa Shetty
The marriage between Shilpa Shetty and businssman Raj Kundra was one of the most talked about weddings in Bollywood. The couple got engaged on 24th October, 2009 and had a small private ceremony at Raj’s home in Mumbai. Shilpa looked stunning in a pink and red chiffon saree designed by Manish Malhotra. She paired it with a dazzling kundan set from Anmol Jewellers. While her wedding ring cost Rs 3 crore, the mangalsutra she wears cost Rs 30 lakh.
4. Madhuri Dixit Nene
Bollywood’s dancing queen Madhuri Dixit tied the knot with Dr Shriram Nene on October 17, 1999, in a small, private and traditional ceremony held in the Laguna Beach area in Southern California, at the residence of Ajit Dixit, the star’s elder brother. Interestingly, the Los Angeles-based cardiac surgeon had never even heard her name before the two were introduced through some common friends in June. The mangalsutra she wears it cost Rs 8.5 lakh.
Ajay Devgn tied the knot with Kajol on February 24, 1999 in a Maharshtrian style. The Mangalsutra that she wears is worth Rs 21 lakh.