A Red thread around the wrist is the new fad of Hindu ritual identification. Called Mauli or Kalva, a priest or an older adult ties it after a ceremonial event. The wearer is supposed to keep the thread until it gets worn out.
The literal meaning of Mauli in Sanskrit is ‘crown,’ which means, above all. There are several mythological stories about the origin of Mauli, as well as claims of health benefits.
The red cotton thread often gets mixed with small colours of yellow or orange. It is supposed to dispense some magical powers of protection, ward off misfortune, and attract good luck.
Many among those who wear the Mauli feel firm that its removal can bring bad luck.
It is the fear factor that dominates all the world’s religions, and Hinduism is not an exception. The sacred thread symbolizes that fear, besides its ritualistic value.