The traditions of the Indian Wedding: The Hindu wedding

In an Indian marriage, the diversity of creation becomes promising when the spirit unites with matter. The Hindu wedding ceremony lays importance on three vital ideals: pleasure, harmony, and development. The steps described below can be traced back to Vedic times. The Hindu wedding ceremony is considered as one of the oldest traditions of Indian culture and one of the biggest elaborations of a single event in the world. The fundamentals of the ritual were set more than 40 centuries ago in the ancient Hindu holy books known as the "Vedas".

Shagun : The priest and other family members takes gifts such as sweets for the grooms family

Tilak : The groom and family receives several gifts and a pooja (prayer) is held at the grooms home

Lagan Mahurat : Start of marriage rituals

Haldi : Married ladies of the house do rituals and apply haldi on the groom and girl in their respective homes

Madva Bandhana : The wedding pandal or mandap is constructed for the actual ceremony

Baraat Ka Din : Arrival of the groom's procession -divided into the following segments:

Ghidhari : Ancestor worship and invoking their blessings for the marriage

Kumarpet Ka Bhaath : A special meal prepared for the bride and her unmarried female friends

The “baraat” or the groom's procession that includes friends, family and relatives arrives at the bride’s house on the day/night of the wedding. They also bring a great display of fireworks.
The “baraat” or the groom's procession that includes friends, family and relatives arrives at the bride’s house on the day/night of the wedding. They also bring a great display of fireworks.
The baraat or the grooms procession, going to brides house
The baraat or the grooms procession, going to brides house
The priest carrying out the Vedic rituals of the wedding
The priest carrying out the Vedic rituals of the wedding

Darwaza Lagna : The baraat that includes the groom, his relatives and friends arrives at the brides home.

Jaimaala : The couple places garlands on each other. A customary since olden days

Kanyadaan : This is process of the father giving away the daughter. Sometimes a relative can also do the process.

Shaadi Ki Rasm : Vows taken by the couple and priest initiates the wedding mantras from the Vedic Sanskritshloks

Lava Chidakna and the fire : The couple tied together goes round the sacred fire 7 times

Sindoor Lagana : The groom applies vermilion on the bride Kaccha Khana : A simple meal is prepared for the baraatis (groom's procession

Bidaai Ki Rasm : Bridal leaves her parents home to settle with her husband

Mooh-Dikhai : The relatives, friends and well wishers of the groom blesses the newly wedded bride and offer gifts.

The “jaimala”, bride and groom playing a garland of flowers on each other
The “jaimala”, bride and groom playing a garland of flowers on each other

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AuraGem 8 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Such lovely traditions in a Hindu wedding. I love the idea of fireworks and walking around a sacred fire. But I especially love the garland idea.

An interesting, lovely hub!

Smiles and Light


Iðunn 8 years ago

what aura said, how truly lovely~


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prasadjain 8 years ago from Tumkur

Good article Mrs.Rudra. But I wish photoes of perticular events in marriage had to be placed.(for eg-haldi, sindhoor lagan etc.

There is a firly good amount pf difference between north and south Indian hindu wedding systems.The main one is - Mangalya Dharana(Tying sacred mangalya around the bridal neck) is most important event in south. where as in north it is not so. After glancing your hub, i feel to write one such on marriage customs in south India. Good!


nakshatra 8 years ago

sweet heartful


Janadana Naidu 7 years ago

I like my wedding to be done like that. It is so nice......

Julum.......


HARI VSRC HARMA BE.C.ENGG. 4 years ago

LOVE MARRIAGE IS PERFORMED FOR TEMPORARY BODY EMOTIONAL LUST ENJOYMENT TILL BODY BEAUTY LOST IN YOUNG AGE.WHERE AS ARRANGED MARRAIGE IS COMMITTED FOR BOTH PARTNER'S SOUL SATISFACTION TILL ELEVENTH HOUR OF LIFE AS PER TRADITIONS AND CUSTOMES OF INDIAN CULTURE.

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