My name is Milan Mehta, I am a Hindu priest based in Harrow, London . I was born in Nadiad in Gujarat in a family of priests where I acquired knowledge and skills at a young age to perform various Hindu religious ceremonies. This learning has helped me acquire immense spiritual knowledge in the Hindu Scriptures, Vedas & Puranas. My Guru is Santam Maharaj.
I enjoy conducting “Silent Hindu” wedding ceremonies where I can explain the meaning of the Sanskrit mantras in English, Gujarati & Hindi. I offer my services to all those that wish to invite me for their ceremony here in the UK. I have also conducted numerous destination wedding ceremonies as a Hindu Priest. I tailor ceremonies that I perform according to individual needs and beliefs as each culture and community has different customs and rituals.
The Groom is then escorted to the mandap and the first ritual is to seek blessings from Lord Ganesh. After the groom has had completed the Vishnu Poojan including having his feet washed, he is now ready to be married.
The Bride makes her entrance escorted to the mandap by her maternal uncles. A piece of cloth called the Antarpat is kept before the Groom separating each other.
Once the Bride has seen the groom by lowering the Antarpat the couple will exchange garlands as a welcoming ritual.
The priest chants holy mantras as the parents prepare to literally hand their daughter over which concludes the Kanyadhaan service.
Seven Betel nuts (Sopari) are put before the Bride and Groom. The Sapta Padi or the seven promises are then recited by the couple while the husband to be helps the Bride touch seven betel nuts with her right toe.
Married ladies will come and whisper their advice in the bride’s ear. This is more an old ritual being followed on.
This important ritual is carried out the Bride's parents, They may wash the bride’s feet to give her the status of the Goddess Laxmi.
The groom's shawl is attached to the Bride's saree and a knot is tied. Along with this a cotton string called a Varmala with 24 strands representing 24 values of a marriage is put around both their necks binding them into this relationship.
A small controlled fire is lit which acts as a witness to the wedding. The couple will go around the fire 4 times to bound them in the four human values: Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha (i.e. religious and good, success, natural joys and salvation).
The Groom places a red spot on the bride’s hair parting with Vermillion to announce to everyone that she is now a married lady. To congratulate this auspicious moment the groom will gift her a necklace called a Manga sutra.
At the end of the ceremony and photographs, the bride will be escorted to the car which concludes the Hindu ceremony. The mother of the bride will bless the car and place a coconut near the wheel so that their new journey together is successful.
Should you wish to consider me to conduct your ceremony or pooja, please contact me, I am based in Harrow.
Tel: 07903 361 615