Indian Jewelry is mostly divided into three kinds—Temple Jewelry, Bridal Jewelry and Spiritual Jewelry. Out of this the temple jewelry is created to be adorned by Gods and Goddesses.
It includes chunky bangles, earrings, nose rings and anklets. These jewelries when adorned off the Gods and Goddesses were worn by the dancers and artists slowly if the temples. Gradually this design became a part of Indian Woman’s bridal jewelry and are now one of the most carved and expensive items in India.
When women wear temple jewelry during festivals, they are considered to be auspicious and get good luck and fortune.
One of the favorite designs for the pendants is of Lord Ganesha with the elephant head; who is known to bestow good fortune. Another one is of the syllable of “OM”.
Many people wear ‘Sivalinga’ in their necklaces, bracelets, armlets, bangles, rings and other ornaments.
The days, temple jewelries are getting more fame and flavor among foreigners.
Many of the jewelries in the south Indian temples are donated by the people to adorn the deities of the temple. Many temples of South India maintain their own workshops, employee skilled goldsmiths and jewelers for their deities.
Most costliest jewelries are preserved in the Madurai Temple and the most significant among them are the crowns made up of gold and navratnas.
Many of the temple jewelries are inspired by the practicing of various dance forms like Bharatnatyam or kuchipudi. They are customized by the finest handwork, painfully crafted by skilled jewelers and craftsmen. They require hard work and patience to create such hardcore temple jewelries; right from earrings to toe ring. Also it requires lot of budget as well. A simple earring will cost you around 80,000 and the entire dancer set may cost you in lakhs.