Indian men wearing rings - Spiritual or Marital?

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I've seen alot of Indian men wearing rings and would like to know what are the significance of this. I've read somewhere that some signify spiritual guidance or luck. Is this true?

I've seen in particular many wearing signet (pinky) rings, usually gold with some colour in it. Do they mean something?
Or are they like Indian style for wedding rings?
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The wedding ring, for most Indian Hindu communities is worn in the third finger of the right hand. The left is considered inauspicious.
The kind of ring you're referring to is most likely for astrological reasons . Most popular stones include white pearl (worn in silver in the pinky finger) - used to control the influence of the moon - makes a person less angry, red coral (in copper / gold) worn in left hand ring finger, green emerald (in gold) in the pinky of the left hand, yellow topaz (in gold) worn in right hand index finger - for prosperity. There're many others but best you refer to an astrological site on the net!
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rings with nine stones represent the nine planets, like the shrines you will see in temples.

Of course, some rings are worn just for show, too!
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post The wedding ring, for most Indian Hindu communities is worn in the third finger of the right hand.
I'm not aware that Indians have the concept of wedding rings in the western sense. Yes, rings are made/ gifted during marriages. But they are just ornaments, not "wedding rings", as far as I know. They are not mandatorily worn to signify marriage. I'd be glad to be corrected.

Rings worn by men are most likely to be for astrological reasons, and may adorn all possible fingers. These are not necessarily acquired at marriage.
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I wear one...err...for no particular reason!
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Originally Posted by suricate View Post I'm not aware that Indians have the concept of wedding rings in the western sense. Yes, rings are made/ gifted during marriages. But they are just ornaments, not "wedding rings", as far as I know. They are not mandatorily worn to signify marriage. I'd be glad to be corrected.

Rings worn by men are most likely to be for astrological reasons, and may adorn all possible fingers. These are not necessarily acquired at marriage.
We do have that concept (it may be a borrowed one though). Its increasingly common for Indian men and women to wear a wedding / engagement ring. The mangalsutra (worn around the neck) is still the mark of being married for Indian women and in case of men, its the wedding ring.

The key difference being we wear a wedding ring on the right third finger whereas (and correct me if this isn't the case)I noticed during my travels to the west, many folks wore them on the third finger of the left hand.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post We do have that concept (it may be a borrowed one though).
Its a borrowed one

Even in the west, I think the custom of wedding rings for men is pretty recent(as in just a hundred years or a little more maybe).
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during my travels to the west, many folks wore them on the third finger of the left hand
That is the tradition.

Nayan... possibly less. I don't think it was common for men of my parent's generation (born 191-something). I suspect that it evolved as people wished it to be a mutual symbol, rather than one of possession of the woman by the man. Or ...not!
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there is no jewelry and/or symbol that indian men wear to denote they're married.
... except perhaps them who go through the 'i do' ritual = christians.

the innumerable rings with that indian men do wear are to 'better' their planetary positions !
so, a certain gem of a particular colour is for -
health
wealth
bad luck evaporation
good luck absorption
control bad behaviour
oust excessive bad whatevers
invite insatiable whatevers

the list is endless.

does it work ? i havent a clue.
what is important though is - the 'faith' one has on a coloured piece of glass to change his/her fortunes.



aint everything about 'faith'
hope hope hopalong!



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health
wealth
bad luck evaporation
good luck absorption
control bad behaviour
oust excessive bad whatevers
invite insatiable whatevers
Ah... the outline chapter headings for your upcoming best selling book! Do it, Brishti; you'll make a fortune*



The word "bling" out to occur on this thread. So here it is -->Bling. The rather, umm, loud shirts than some guys wear do not have a deep significance either!





* I know, I know... integrity and all that. OK: make it a parody?

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