By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Kankana, KaJkaNa, Kaykana
Kañkaṇa literally means ‘that which expresses auspiciousness’.
Images of gods and goddesses including the minor deities are often shown with several ornaments. One such ornament is the kaṅkaṇa. It is the bangle or bracelet. The number varies from two to seven on each hand. The material used for making the bangles may be gold (suvarṇa) or conch-shell studded with pearls.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore