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The Iyengar bride wears the quintessential  bun on one side of the hair parting and has accessorized it with flowers and gold ornaments called the Andal Kondai. It is indeed lovely to watch south Indian brides carry it out in an exquisitely elegant manner.
This hair do has a unique story.
As per the tradition, the groom is considered and revered as Lord Vishnu on the day of the wedding. And the bride is considered as Goddess Andal .The wedding is seen as a symbolic wedding between Lord Vishnu and Goddess Andal . Therefore,the Iyengar bride’s attire is similar to that of Andal.

Andal kondai with  Poolajada

Andal Kondai
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The traditional Andal Kondai with the bun at the base.

Andal Kondai
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Happy Andal Kondai Bride.

Andal Kondai
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The modern era Goddess Andal ! Though south Indian ladies are blessed with beautiful thick and long hair ,readymade hair-dos are available now a days in different sizes and designs.

Aren’t these hair dos cute!

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