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
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.
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