A pendant is a piece of jewellery, and it forms part of the necklace, and sometimes it would be worn by the person in his neck just by tying the holes of the pendant with a thread or small rope, without attaching it to the necklace. Pendant is also called as Dollar, and among the dollars, Lord Venkateshwara Dollar is considered as famous among the devotees.
Some pendants would contain the faces of the deities, and it would be usually worn by a person, in order to show his love and gratitude on the almighty. In most of the popular temples, pendants would be sold outside the temple premises, by the vendors. They used to call the passers, by naming them as “SIR”, or “MADAM”, and would ask them to buy the pendants and the pictures of the deities. In general, little children would be having much interest to buy the pendants of the deities, and they would happily wear these holy items, on their neck. In some Hindu communities, the bridegroom used to affectionately wear the pendants of the deities to the bride after the performance of marriage, in order to honour the almighty, and also to lead a peaceful marriage life.
The Lingayat sect of people used to wear the pendants attached with the holy Rudraksha, since they are staunch devotees of Lord Shiva. Pendants also safeguard the devotees from diseases and from the evil effects of the planetary position. Ancient kings used to reward the poets by adorning them golden pendants as a token of giving respect to their knowledge.
Pendants are available in gold, silver and in other metal items, and it all depends on the financial capacity of the buyer. Wearing of pendants would boost our spiritual energy, and it is one of the methods of pleasing the god, and he would shower his grace on us, and would make us to prosper in our lives.
An earring is a small jewellery item, which would be pierced in the ear of the females. But nowadays, some people are considering it as a fashion, and even males are also pierce the ring on their ears. Earrings are worn by the people since ancient times. Ancient kings would wear big earrings on their ears, in order to add more beauty to their face. We can see in the villages, some elderly women used to wear big earrings as a part of tradition.
We can see in the pictures of goddesses like Lakshmi, Saraswati and Parvati wearing earrings on their ears, and we can see in the pictures, that some gods are also wear these earrings.
Earring may be made out gold, silver and in other kinds of metal items also. In case of small children, ear piercing would be done for both males and females, and usually it would be done in the temples of their Kula Devatas.
Earrings add beauty to the women during the time of their marriage, and it also forms part and parcel of their body. This tradition is practiced in other Asian countries also like Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Ear piercing is mentioned in other religious texts also. In some community of Hindus, ear piercing for their children would be grandly celebrated by their parents by organising a grand ceremony, and their friends and relatives also would be invited to participate in the function. Grand feast also would be offered to them after the completion of the function.
Ancient people used to pierce the earring for their children in their Kula Devata’s temple, and they would also do tonsure for their children, and would stay in the temple for at least a day, and after offering prayers to the deities, they would finish their food at the temple premises itself, and would return to their homes with free mind.
Hindus must compulsorily follow the ancient tradition of ear piercing and nose piercing, since all these things are very much liked by Ma Shakti Devi itself, since she is also wearing earrings, nose rings and anklets.