Saturday, October 12, 2013

Shakha Pola - Where to buy them from?

The Importance of wearing Shanka Pola or Shakha Pola

Hindu Bengali women wear certain symbols of marriage, like shakha, pola, loha and sindoor.

Shakha are white bangles of conch-shell and pola are red bangles made of red corals. Shakha and pola are worn in both the hands. It is to be seen that within one year of the marriage, they do not break. If anything of that sort happens, it is not considered good omen for the married life of the bride. 

Loha is a bangle made of iron. It is worn only in the left hand. It may or may not be covered by gold.

Sindoor is vermilion which is applied on the parting of the hair. Usage of sindoor by a woman implies that she is already married. All these are symbols of marriage for Hindu Bengali women. Many believe that wearing these could ward off bad omen.

Shankha pola is very important in a Bengali wedding. In the wee hours of very day, married women perform ritual called Dodhi Mangal in which they soak bangles made with shells in turmeric mixed water. Seven married women put shankha pola into bride’s hands. It symbolizes as seven forms of god. There is an old believe that this shankha pola custom belongs to poor fishermen because they can’t afford expensive jewellery. The bride has to wear Pola between Shankha or iron metal bangles. It is said that iron metal bangles keep balance between positive and negative powers

Shankha Pola is as important for a Bengali Bride as the Chooda's for a Punjabi Bride.

So, you can see that Bengali Culture is very similar to Punjabi Culture here. I am a Punjabi Bride yet I wore Shakha Pola along with my Chooda's In the morning I was to wed. I purchased these Shakha Pola from from Anjali Jewellers, Kolkata. I AM NOT A BENGALI BY ORIGIN but  I stayed in Bengal for a couple of years and soaked up their culture and traditions as well. Just like Chooda, Shaka pola are also soaked up in Water, Milk & Turmeric for an hour before the bride is made to wear them.

How could I have left Bengal without a pair of Shakha Pola?

Shakha Pola The Bong Connection

 Taking blessings from the Gods on the my wedding day.
Chooda Function very important for a Punjabi Bride.
I was wearing  Shakha Pola along with my Chooda.
Chooda and Kalira's
Posing for a picture at Sonargaon, Taj Bengal.
 I purchased these Shakha Pola from Anjali Jewellers, Kolkata.
Another design that my mother has is Pola with Fish made out of gold also from Anjali Jewellers.
My Shakha Pola ( Fish with a red eye) from Anjali Jewellers.
My Shakha Pola ( Fish with a red eye) from Anjali Jewellers.

Shakha Pola can be worn in different ways either wear them without any gold or match them up with your gold bangles or with gold on them as well.

Plain Shakha Pola:

Shakha Pola without any gold looks beautiful with any outfit as well many people who cannot afford to buy gold or do not prefer wear plain shakha pola.

You can purchase plain shakha pola from 


Shakha Pola in Gold:

You can purchase shakha pola in gold from the following jewellers:

  • Anjali Jewellers, Kolkatta
  • P.C. Chandra, Kolkatta
  • P.C. Chandra, Bank Street, Karol Bagh, New Delhi.
  • P.C. Chandra, C.R. PARK, New Delhi

These are some of the designs that can be also made on order:

Gold Plated Shakha Pola:

You can purchase simple or gold plated shakha pola from the following websites:

  • - where you can purchase acrylic gold plated shaka pola with stones as well.

Some of the designs that are available are below:


Many women asked me recently that where should they buy shakha pola's from? well, here's the answer :)


  1. That is my friend's wedding photo here. I wonder if you know her or if you have take her permission to upload her picture on your blog.

    1. Hello Upsana, which photo are you talking about? I would definitely love to speak to your friend!!

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