Devbhoomi Uttarakhand is famous in all over the world for its culture.
Uttarakhand is famous for its costumes, dresses, jewellery etc. From the beginning and jewellery as we all know Jewelleries are the most important part of a women beauty. From the beginning, women use different mediums to look beautiful whether its kajal, lipstick, jewellery and their attire. For Uttarakhandi women, the whole adornment is their Nath, a Jewellery that makes women of Uttarakhand different from any other state.
As we all know Uttarakhand is divided into two regions Garhwal and Kumaon, same way this jewelry ”Nath” is also available mainly in two types although Uttarakhand Nath is famous for its beauty in all aspects but Tehri’s Nath is the most famous Nath among all the types. Tehri’s Nath is famous since the time when Kings and queens were in existence and the queens used to wear costly and heavy Naths to look more beautiful and to impress the king. It is believed that more the family the is rich and stable more will be the size of ‘Nath’ although with passing time choice of women regarding jewellery also changed. Heavy Naths have been replaced by stylish and small Naths. Nearly two decades ago, the naths used to be 3 to 5 tola in weight and circumference of the rings was around 35 to 40cm.
Uttarakhand’s Traditional Nath is most important for women adornment. Tehri Garhwal Nath is made of gold and the artistic work on it makes it famous in all over the world. Nath holds such an importance in Uttarakhand that on all the auspicious days like puja, marriage it is compulsory to wear. Nath weights and the pearls in it shows the status of family and richness of the person wearing it. Nowadays the style and shape of Nath have been modernizing but the traditional pahadi Nath still have the same value and liking by people around the globe. The traditional Nath value is still high among Uttarakhand locals. For Women of Uttarakhand traditional pahadi Nath is an asset which they embody for generations almost every woman from Uttarakhand who is married must have one Nath which is one of their favourite items.
From Garhwal region Tehri district Nath is famous. This tehri nath is big in size and it contains ruby stones and pearl in it which makes it costly.
Dehradun famous jeweller Rajendra says that people of Uttarakhand still follow their culture and tradition, and use Nath as a pure sign, especially in marriages. Uttarakhand marriage is incomplete without this Nath and without wearing it no girl can marry in Uttarakhand.
Instead of being large in size and heavy in weight it does not create a problem for anyone and people spend 10,000 to 25,000 and more than this for this beautiful nath. According to Garhwal tradition brides, parental uncle brings Nath for the bride and she wears the same nath in her marriage.
Same way Kumaoni Nath is also famous among women of Uttarakhand. This is also made up of gold, girls and women wear it on the left side of the nose. Kumaon Nath is very big in size but it is less artistic than Garhwali Nath but it is equally beautiful as Garhwal Nath. Just because of its size women has to remove every day before sleeping because it could hurt their nose while sleeping, but the younger generation nowadays has changed their style from large pahadi Naths to small nose pins. Small nose pins are easy to wear and use, but only the style has changed nothing can fade the happiness on the faces wearing Naths in marriages and on special occasions.
With passing time the style and designs of Nath have changed and for now, around 50 types of Naths are available in the market. Nowadays the new generation girls feel awkward in wearing very large pahadi Nath so for them, the same design is available in small sizes. These Naths are not only famous in Garhwal, but people from all over the world visit Uttarakhand and take these Naths with them for their Daughters.