Importance of Mangalyam or Thali Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Somash   

The thali, holy gold thread, is taken around the marriage hall to be blessed by the crowd. The thali or Mangalyam is the thread or necklace that the groom puts around the bride's neck. After tying three knots, they are officially married. 
The tying of the 'Mangalya sutra' or 'Thaali' takes place during the pre-determined auspicious hour. As soon as the bride comes with the new saree, she sits on the Manavarai. The groom has to perform some religious rites and then he ties the 'Mangalyam' around the neck of the bride. There is a paradox in this. Although the tying of the 'Mangalyam' is considered sacred, no Vedic mantras are recited for this. Only a slokam is recited, which means. “I’m tying this holly Mangalyasuthrm around your neck because of our long life and happiness with the blessings of God”

There is also a misconception these days that this tying of the mangalyam completes the marriage. If the bride has an older sister, she helps tie the knots with the groom. Thali Ceremony or Mangalya Dharanam is the climax of the wedding and is usually signaled by the priest saying, "Gettimelam Gettimelam," indicating that the musicians should play a tune that is associated with this ceremony. This rite is done amidst chanting of prayers, ringing of bells, rising music, and the noise of the crowd. The thali (Mangalsutra) consists of two pieces, one from each family, traditionally dangling on a yellow thread or Golden chain.. It contains images of either the Shiva Lingam or Thirisoolam. Hindu religion says married ladies must wear the Mangalyam always. The most common Mangalasutra is made of two strings of small black beads with a pendant, usually of gold. The Mangalyam believed to act as protection against evil Married women wear this to protect their marriage and the life of their husband. In southern India, the Mangalasutra is called 'tali'. It is a small gold ornament, strung on a cotton cord or a gold chain. Thali remains on the married woman’s neck as long as the husband’s lives.