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Karwa Chauth: What is Solah Shringar? Essentials for a married woman

As per Hindu mythology, women dress up with solah shringar i.e., 16 accessories, to beautify their look.

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Solah Shringar Essentials for a married woman to have on this Karwa Chauth

Karva Chauth is a very important festival for married Indians. It falls on the fourth day after Purnima in the Kartik month of the Hindu calendar. Karva Chauth 2021 will be observed on October 24, Sunday.

As per Hindu mythology, women dress up with solah shringar i.e., 16 accessories, to beautify their look. Here is a list of items included in Solah shringar that would enhance your beauty from head to toe as you dress up this Karva Chauth.

16 Shringar items that are essential for a married woman on Karwa Chauth:

Hair accessories

It is said that beautiful hair enchants the most. Therefore, start dressing up with the best accessories for the hair.

Maang tikka

It is believed that Maang Tikka symbolises the third eye and empowers the spiritual energies and intuitive powers. It is placed on the sixth chakra of the forehead called the Ajna chakra and represents the power of the soul and signifies concentration, control and preservation.


Sindoor is not an ornament but it is the most important item of the Solah Shringar. It signifies the married status of a woman and her husband’s well-being. Sindoor is applied in the centre of the hair partition, and it symbolises the energy of Parvati. Also, it is believed that if a woman wears sindoor, her husband is blessed with a long life by Goddess Parvati.


The centre of the eyes between the two eyebrows is the place where the pituitary gland is located. Placing the bindi right in the centre regulates many essential hormones in the body. And a matching bindi to your attire will completely glam your traditional look this Karva Chauth.


As per Superstitious beliefs, Kajal keeps away from the evil eyes and safeguards the bride. Also, it makes the eyes look bigger and adds to the beauty of the eyes.

Nose Ring

Nose ring is said to represent spirituality and bravery. Also, it is said that women with pierced nose face lesser pain at the time of childbirth


Though there are various different designs available in mangalsutra, a traditional mangalsutra with black beads keeps the bride away from the evil eyes. The red and gold ornaments symbolise the harmony of the married couple.


Earrings give a complete look to the bride as she gets ready with the best on Karvachauth. It is also auspicious to wear gold, silver or diamond jewellery on this day.


Bajuband is another element that keeps the evil eye away from the married couple. Many women prefer wearing broad and heavy bajuband but the sleek ones still look the best.


Bangles represent the energy of the bride. Though red and green bangles are considered very auspicious on the day, today, females wear bangles that match the colour of their dress.


Though the main purpose of kamarband is to hold the saree or lehenga right in place, it is also said to prevent fat saturation around the waist.


Mehendi has significance in Hindu culture due to its medicinal properties. Therefore, not just to add to the decorative purpose, mehendi also protects one from misery and diseases.


Anklets are worn on ankles by women to draw attention to their presence and announce their entrance in the groom’s house and life.

Toe ring

Toe rings are worn in the second or all fingers of the toes and are connected to the uterus. It helps in revitalising the reproductive organs.

Bridal Attire

The bright colour of the clothes on karva chauth is a sign of the couple’s well-being. Therefore, many married women also prefer wearing their bridal outfits on this occasion.


Dainty or lavish, rings are an integral part of solah shringar.

Glam your Karva Chauth 2021 look by adding these solah shringar items. Happy Karwa Chauth 2021, everyone!

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