You recently answered a question about the wearing of arm bangle as taught by Parmahansa Yogananda. I was wondering if you could share any information on the wearing of ankle bracelets in the Hindu tradition? Is there a significance based on the side of body it is worn? Do stones in the bracelet have any significance? Thank you.
To my knowledge, Yogananda never mentioned wearing ankle bracelets. I believe that most ankle bracelets worn by Hindu women are primarily decorative.
However, there is a group of valid teachings involving specific gemstones which should be worn in certain ways to beneficially influence your chakras and the planetary influences on them, which happen at different times/cycles of your life.
These stones should be as flawless as possible, of 2 karats or greater, set in such a way that they actually touch your skin. If worn as a ring, there is a certain finger upon which it is best to wear it. Or it may be worn as a bracelet or a pendant around the neck.
To know which gemstones you need to wear, it is important to consult with a qualified Vedic Astrologer. Each individual has a very individual horoscope and therefore, has different needs at different time.
I have heard several theories about which side of the body it is best to wear something like an astrological bangle (gold, copper, and silver) on, but I believe that this is a personal choice — either side is OK. I wear mine on my left arm.