WEDDING CEREMONY

Marriage is one of the most important rites of passage in Hindu culture, which every Hindu should observe during his lifetime. VivaahSamskar or Hindu marriage ceremony is the transition between the first and second stage of life, which refers to a life devoted to education and learning to a life dedicated to building a family and raising children, respectively.

Wedding Ceremony

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.

Jaimala

Once the Bride has seen the groom by lowering the Antarpat the couple will exchange garlands as a welcoming ritual.

Varmala

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.

Cheda Chedi (Knot Tie)

The groom’s sister ties a knot between the couple to stay eternally together in this union of marriage.

Haste Melap

The priest chants holy mantras as the parents prepare to literally hand their daughter over which concludes the Kanyadhaan service.

Havan & Pheras

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).

Saptapadi

Seven Betel nuts (Sopari) are put before the Bride and Groom. The SaptaPadi 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.

Sindoor & Mangalsutra

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.

Kansar

The brides mother is called to the mandap to feed the couple and then the couple exchange sweets as a symbolic gesture that they will provide for each other’s needs and prosperity in their household life.

Akhand Subhagyavati

Married ladies will come and whisper their advice in the bride’s ear. This is more an old ritual being followed on.

Vidai

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.