Topor (headgear)

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A topor (Bengali: টোপর) is a type of conical headgear traditionally worn by grooms as part of the Bengali Hindu wedding ceremony.[1][2] The topor is typically fragile, made of sholapith and white in colour.[1][3][4]

The topor is traditionally given to the groom by the bride's family.[5] The groom dons the topor before the main ceremony begins. It is believed to bring good luck.[4] Brides will typically wear related, but differently-shaped, headgear (Bengali: মুকুট, mukut).[5]

Topors are also worn by infant boys as part of the annaprashana ceremony, when they are dressed like grooms.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Art and Crafts". Banglapedia — the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  2. ^ Vincent, Elisa (2018). "6 Essentials For A Bengali Bride And Groom To Complete Their Wedding Look". Sulekha. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  3. ^ Majumdar, Rochona (2009-03-23). Marriage and Modernity: Family Values in Colonial Bengal. Duke University Press. p. 110. ISBN 0822390809.
  4. ^ a b weddingculture (2015-01-30). "Topor, Mukuts and other Embellishments for the Bengali Bride and Groom". Medium. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  5. ^ a b "Mangal Parinay - Mukut And Topor- Traditional Head Accessory Of Bengali Weddings". MangalParinay. 2017-09-27. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  6. ^ Mukherjee, Kanai; Bandyopadhyay, Bibhas; Chakravarty, Aloka. New Age Purohit Darpan: Annaprasan (2nd ed.). Association of Grandparents of Indian Immigrants. p. 4.