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A Journey through a Hindu Marriage Ceremony

Updated on July 8, 2016
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Venkatachari is a spiritual minded Hindu, aged 63 years. He values morals, ethics, traditions and believes in God. A positive minded person.

The journey in the Bus

The relatives of Groom travelling in a reserved bus behind Groom's car to reach the marriage venue.
The relatives of Groom travelling in a reserved bus behind Groom's car to reach the marriage venue. | Source

Marriage in Hindu traditions

Hindu Marriage Ceremony is more than a simple wedding function. It is not merely a simple formality of uniting the bride and groom, but a union of two families. In the process, it involves many religious and traditional ceremonies bringing both the families together for an everlasting relationship. It is an occasion of great festivities, celebrations, and enjoyment to all participants.

I am giving an account of a recent marriage attended by me here in Hyderabad. It is the marriage of my own younger brother's son, who completed his MBBS course recently, with a girl one year junior to him in the same field. They met each other through a matrimonial site 3, 4 months back and their parents also met each other to fix the marriage.

Engagement Ceremony

Engagement Ceremony takes place immediately after the groom and bride and their family members mutually agree for the relationship of marriage. An auspicious time is fixed for this engagement ceremony by the priests of both sides. The groom generally goes to the bride's house along with his parents and the engagement gets agreed upon by exchanging sweets and clothes along with some ornaments, flowers, betel leaves and fruits. The groom and bride are worn rings by each other as an acceptance of the marriage proposal. I was not present in this engagement ceremony which happened in January itself.

Cards distribution

After the engagement ceremony, both parties of Bride and Groom prepare the marriage invitation cards after fixing the auspicious time for marriage through priests of both sides. The cards mention the date, time, and venue of marriage and request for the presence and blessings of the invitees. The eldest members of the family normally make this request with their names appearing as the solicitors. My elder brother and sister-in-law are the elders in this marriage function.

The first card is placed in front of the God seeking His blessings. Then cards are despatched to other relatives and friends, as early as possible, so that they get informed in advance and attend the marriage on time.

Marriage Card

Invitation to attend marriage and bless the couple
Invitation to attend marriage and bless the couple | Source

Groom Making Ceremony

16th May 2015

Groom making and Bride making are the first ceremonies that take place 3 or 4 days before the actual marriage at the respective houses of groom and bride. It is a ceremony proclaiming the groom or bride to be as such to the relatives and neighbours. It gets performed within some auspicious time fixed by the priests according to the convenience of both parties. The ceremony takes place at the same time in both houses. The groom or bride take oil bath and wear new clothes and then offer prayers to God along with parents. They are decorated in the presence of close relatives and members of the family with the accompaniment of nadaswaram ( a melodious musical instrument) being played by proficient musicians engaged in that trade. Turmeric paste is most important here. It is applied to the feet of groom and bride. Then a mix of turmeric paste with lime paste is done and designs made to the edges of feet and toes. Bride gets beautiful designs made in her palms also. A younger brother of the groom (either own or cousin) is also made as a side groom who will be treated as such till they reach the marriage venue on the marriage day. The bride party will also have a side bride in the same manner until that time. Both the bride and the groom are not allowed to leave their houses till actual marriage time arrives.

Refreshments and meals are arranged to all participants of this ceremony. Elderly and married women sing religious songs and children perform dances or play games and enjoy the whole day.

Making of Groom - a short glimpse

Groom after full makeup

groom and co-groom given aarti after groom making
groom and co-groom given aarti after groom making | Source

More celebrations of groom making ceremony

17th & 18th May 2015

After the declaration of the would-be groom as a Groom on 16th May, he gets to be treated as a very auspicious person. He is offered Aarti ( showing of light to his face and eyes from the oil lighted wicks that were first offered to God) on all the days till proceeding for marriage. He gets make-up and decorated daily after morning bath as shown in the video bit above. The women sing songs and children dance and play with him and all atmosphere is full of festive celebrations. Refreshments, meals, drinks, fruits and sweets are offered to all relatives and friends of the groom who participated there.

The groom feels very happy, joyful and entertained in this atmosphere and all relatives and friends also enjoy these occasions.

Wedding party procession

19th May 2015

A day before the marriage, the groom along with his family members and relatives starts for the marriage venue. Some more rituals need to be performed in the evening at that place as marriage time has been fixed for early morning itself on next day.

The morning rituals got conducted as usual as on other 3 days that are mentioned above and after lunch, we started for the marriage venue in the A/C bus booked for this purpose. The groom travels in a car well decorated for this purpose along with some small children at the auspicious time fixed for start around 3 pm. and we went behind him in the bus. It was at the other end of the city nearer to bride's house. A journey of 20 km. On reaching the venue, the bride's family members welcomed the groom and others by lighting crackers and showering flowers and spraying scents accompanied by nadaswaram music.

Welcome to Groom at Marriage Venue

welcome to groom by bride's family members
welcome to groom by bride's family members | Source
The Marriage Hall
The Marriage Hall | Source

About the Marriage Venue

It was a great function hall with 1500 seating capacity. The stage was decorated aesthetically with natural settings. The front rows of seating with around 300 seats were of cushion made for close relatives and friends of bride and groom and other 1200 seats were plastic chairs. There were a/c rooms two each for groom's family and bride's family and a very large common hall upstairs was filled with beds on the floor for others to rest in the night. The entrance side and one end of the venue were full of green plants grown mostly in pots. The backside was the dining hall with large space to cater for 500 people at a time. Everything was very attractive and pleasant.

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Welcome on the stage and introductions

paying respects to groom and parents
paying respects to groom and parents | Source
Seat used for religious ceremonies normally
Seat used for religious ceremonies normally | Source

Welcome to Groom and exchange of Garlands

The actual Welcome ceremony takes place on the marriage stage after refreshments are offered to the Groom and his members. The groom sits on an elevated seat in between his parents. Some Vedic hymns/mantras are chanted while the bride's parents pay respects to the groom offering tilak, aarti and gold coloured artificial garland to the groom and his parents. Colourful towels are also offered over their shoulders as a token of honour.Then marriage invitation card is read out by the priest to the bride's family members. Each family member and other close relatives of Groom's party are introduced to the bride's family and they also get garlanded and honoured with towels by the bride's parents. The same process takes place with the bride also. She also gets respects from groom's family and her family's invitation card is read out to groom's members. Then her family gets introduced to groom's relatives.

Now, both Groom and Bride are made to stand opposite to each other some seven feet apart. They are handed over flower garlands and asked to garland each other by approaching the other. Here both of them try to approach in a very slow motion as each of them want the other to act first. After some entertainment and teasing each other, the priest and elders ask them to act quickly. Friends and siblings of the groom and bride lift each other high so that the other could not reach the head of the bride or groom to garland her / him. At last, they bow their heads and allow to be garlanded.

Garlanding Ceremony

groom and bride lifted in air for garlanding each other
groom and bride lifted in air for garlanding each other | Source

Puja and Kashi Yatra

puja being done before Kashi Yatra
puja being done before Kashi Yatra | Source
On Kashi yatra
On Kashi yatra | Source
would be Brother-in-law interferes and requests Groom to return and marry his sister
would be Brother-in-law interferes and requests Groom to return and marry his sister | Source

Puja (worship) and Kashi yatra

20th May 2015

Early in the morning, the groom takes oil bath and readies for puja at one side of the stage. The priest chants Vedic hymns and makes the groom, along with his parents, perform the puja. After puja is over, the groom suddenly proceeds on Kashi yatra as if he is afraid of taking the married life responsibilities. It is believed that there are two ways of attaining moksha (soul reaching heaven or God's abode). They are through marriage or through asceticism. The groom thinks it more easy to lead ascetic life than getting married. So, this Kashi yatra to lead an ascetic life has become a formality during marriages.

The groom pretends as if he is going to Kashi taking his umbrella and a stick to lead secluded life there. The groom's brother or father interfere and request him to cancel his trip and marry the girl and enjoy life and then attain moksha with her co-operation. They offer him sweet jaggery and cool him and take back to the marriage venue.

Marriage rituals

The Bride and Groom place the paste of cumin and jaggery on each other's head.
The Bride and Groom place the paste of cumin and jaggery on each other's head. | Source
tying the mangalsutra in bride's neck
tying the mangalsutra in bride's neck | Source
taking seven steps around the sacred fire
taking seven steps around the sacred fire | Source
showering of talambralu on each other's head.
showering of talambralu on each other's head. | Source

Marriage Ceremony

After returning from Kashi Yatra, the groom is taken to the marriage stage where he sits along with parents and the real marriage ceremony starts now. The bride and parents again perform puja among Vedic chants by the priest and with the background music of nadaswaram. Now, the auspicious time gets nearer and the priest orders for bringing the bride to the stage.

The bride's maternal uncle and brothers carry the bride in a well-decorated basket to the venue. While she arrives, a curtain is held in between the bride and the groom as they should not see each other until the auspicious ceremony takes place.

The priest chants Vedic mantras and at the correct time of Lagna (auspicious moments), the bride and groom are handed over a paste of cumin and jaggery and instructed to place it on each other's heads and the curtain gets removed. The nadaswaram is played loudly as this is the most important moment of the marriage. All people gathered there shower the turmeric mixed rice on the heads of groom and bride as their blessings to the couple.

After this ceremony is over, the next ritual of tying the Mangala sutra ( two round plates of gold entwined in a turmeric thread) in bride's neck is performed. Then Homa is performed, igniting the sacred fire and offering ghee and nine kinds of food grains into the fire and worship of other gods of eight directions is also done. After which the seven steps around the sacred fire take place in the midst of chanting of Vedic hymns and the melodious music of nadaswaram. Both the bride and groom take oaths during the rounds around the sacred fire to lead harmonious life and share each other's happy moments and sad moments together.

Thereafter, the bride and groom play searching a golden ring immersed in water to find out who is more dominant. Then the 'talambralu' ceremony takes place during which they both shower turmeric mixed rice over each other's head to see who is smarter among them. Sometimes, they may oblige each other and willingly yield to the other.

A TV serial marriage ceremony

About marriage ceremony video

This is a link given to an episode in TV serial on Gemini TV which depicts some of the rituals followed on the marriage day in our Hindu customs. It is a very brilliant source for knowing about detailed rituals of our Hindu marriage ceremonies. I am very thankful to the Producer, Director and story writer of this serial for so beautifully depicting the rituals in their Telugu serial titled "Sravana Sameeralu" episode 803 dated 28/06/2016.

Send-off ceremony by the bride's parents | Reception at Groom's House

Now, the marriage ceremonies are over and time for the send-off ceremony at 6 pm on 20th May 2015. The bride's saree end that hangs over the shoulder is filled with rice and tied. After reaching groom's house, she will have to cook half of the rice for groom's family and return the other half to her own parents later when they visit her. Many containers of sweets and food items and cookery are also offered by the bride's parents to be taken to groom's house to establish her family life there. They say good-bye to her with weeping eyes while she steps into the car with her new husband and in-laws. One member of her family accompanies her to the groom's house.

On reaching groom's house, the sister or cousin sisters of Groom offer aarti to the new couple and then the couple are asked to tell their partner's name before entering in. Then all people are offered drinks, sweets, and fruits and enjoy until dinner time.

Next morning, the couple perform brat or vratam (Satyanarayana puja and stories revealing the powers of this puja and the importance of prasad) offering coconuts at the end of each chapter. A sweet dish is prepared for offering to God as prasad on completion. Then it is distributed to all participants.

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      Venkatachari M 8 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yes, Manatita. Each one ritual or celebration and most activities of our life are tied up and influenced by the holistic scriptures of Vedas and Purana. And it is really a pleasant and colorful lifestyle embedding unity in diversity.

      Thanks for the nice comment and appreciation.

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      manatita44 2 months ago from london

      Very colourful indeed and very traditional. Indeed so much, if not all, of Indian life is tied up to the Vedas; the Upanishads; the Puranas ... in one form or another. Congrats to your younger brothers son. Sublime and charming!

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      Venkatachari M 13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yes. Just like the bride gets prepared at bride's house, the groom gets prepared at groom's house. One more fun fact is, the sister of bride and the brother of groom are also prepared and they also get VIP treatment till they reach the wedding avenue. After that their importance vanishes. There are so many rituals and celebrations before the actual marriage takes place. It is just like a ten day festival.

      Thanks for your visit and nice comment.

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      Kelly A Burnett 13 months ago from United States

      Venkatachri M,

      Really enjoyed this new experience. I learned a great deal. The surprising part for me as a Westerner is the groom's preparation. Fascinating insights and great photos. Thank you so much for sharing!

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      Venkatachari M 14 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yes, north Indian marriage rituals entirely differ from these South Indian rituals. We follow many rituals in a detailed manner and they get started quite many days earlier.

      Thanks for your visit and feedback.

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      hubber8893 14 months ago

      I have gone carefully through your hub and it is very detailed in content about marriage ceremony in southern part of India. I think it is worth mentioning here that these rituals are drastically different from those followed in North India where the bride and groom are prepared in just two days of merraige. Also the dress of Bride and Groom is quite different.

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      Venkatachari M 15 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yes, some of the customs are South Indian and some only found in Andhra (Telugu) marriages. But they all show how sacred and holistic our marriage bondages are.

      Thanks for the visit and nice comment.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 15 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very detailed and thorough though there are many customs that are probably more regionalistic than common to all hindus. The photos and the video are quite explanatory as well. Well done!

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      Venkatachari M 17 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks for the visit and nice comment, Patricia. Your visit is so much valuable to me and your blessings too. Thanks once again and wish you all my best wishes.

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      Patricia Scott 17 months ago from sunny Florida

      This is so very enlightening. It certainly shows the focus on these two and their families as they begin their journey into marriage. I had no idea there was so much involved.

      Thank you for sharing and opening my eyes.

      Angels are once again on the way to you ps

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      Venkatachari M 18 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nice to hear from you of your old acquaintances, Messy. You are able to remember them and the conversations you had with them even though they might have forgotten or busy with their own lives. This is a nice attitude of you. Thanks for reading and commenting on this hub.

      Have a nice day.

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      Hey Venkatachari,

      A few years back, I had a few good Indian friends who were of this religion. I remember I was extremely interested in the traditions and rituals of their religion. I am a curious person that way. Anyway, my friend Amit explained the marriage ritual to me, and I thought it was fascinating. There are so many things that take place during the days leading up to the wedding and on the wedding day. Your story brought back that conversation I had with my friend. I haven't spoken to him or any of my Indian friends for several years now. I suppose they got married or just got busy in their lives. Amit and Deepak are both from Mumbai, and my other friend, Riyas, is from Chenai. I think that was the name of his home. I miss speaking to them, but understand life gets busy. Thanks for sharing and reminding me of great conversations with some good friends. :)

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      Venkatachari M 19 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Padmaja. I have been one of the close guests at the marriage and enjoyed it very much and also got honoured by the parents of bride there. It has been a great occasion for me.

      Thanks for your nice comment.

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      Padmajah Badri 19 months ago from India

      WOW ..I superlike the hub.Detailed view on marriages in India.Happy Writing!

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      Venkatachari M 19 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      madugundu krishna 19 months ago from Yemmiganur

      nice post

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      Venkatachari M 20 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks for your visit and nice comment.

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      Mel Carriere 20 months ago from San Diego California

      Weddings here in the US are big and expensive affairs, but this process seems extraordinarily complicated, though very beautiful and meaningful as well. Great hub!

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      Venkatachari M 22 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yes, Peachy. The bride and groom can't eat till the ceremonies are completed. It takes many hours and they have to fast while all attending the ceremony enjoy eating so many varieties of dishes.

      Thanks for the visit and nice comment.

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      peachy 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, the photos and details are so spectacular, I had been to my friend's marriage, 20 years ago but it was the dinner only. She had to stay on stage for hours without food. So pity and hot she said

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      Venkatachari M 22 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, breakfastpop. Glad it appealed to you. Thanks for the visit and nice comment.

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      breakfastpop 22 months ago

      What a terrific and fascinating hub. I thoroughly enjoyed getting a glimpse into your customs.

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      Venkatachari M 22 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Sunil. Thanks for the visit and compliments. I adore your work also with same great admiration. Thanks for the vote and sharing also. My blessings to you.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 22 months ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Our culture and tradition are so unique and interesting to watch and share with the rest of the people in the world. You have done that decent work. It will be very much interesting for the outside world. Keep on writing more such amusing articles. All the best. Voted up and shared.

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      Venkatachari M 22 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you very much, Writer Fox. I am very glad at your visit and comment.

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      Writer Fox 22 months ago from the wadi near the little river

      I enjoyed reading about the marriage customs in your culture. Voted interesting!

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      Venkatachari M 22 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you Alicia. I am glad at your visit and placing this nice comment.

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      Linda Crampton 22 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very interesting hub. I love learning about the customs of other cultures. Thank you very much for sharing all the information.

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      Venkatachari M 22 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you Marie. I am glad that you found out this post and viewed it with so much interest.

      Some of us even now spend celebrating marriage rituals for continuous 16 days. It is a lifelong ceremony. So, no wonder doing so. Both families enjoy the rituals and get togethers and keep the videos or photos of these celebrations for showing them to their offsprings and grandchildren.

      Thanks for your visit, nice comment and votes.

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      Marie L B 22 months ago from Yamba

      Hi V.M. I was lucky to 'meet' this on Google +; I wonder why it did not come to me via the email alert as some others do!. It is such a fantastic article, so detailed in its presentation, so we do not miss anything from this intricate and lengthy preparation for the marriage. It must require much planning to put all that into action. Probably it is also quite expensive. I was surprised to hear that your nephew got married a few months after meeting his bride-to-be.

      There are a few similarities with our marriage ceremonies, but they are minimal. Our wedding ceremony and the social partying just afterwards, might take 5-7 hours in total, and it is all done outside the house.

      Fantastic presentation V.M. It will serve as a historical account for those who read it.

      I have no doubt that it deserves voting up and will do so with pleasure.

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      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Glad to know you enjoyed attending Hindu marriages. Probably due to time factor and costs, most cut down on rituals and perform only the more important ones.

      Thanks for your visit and a nice comment.

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      Mazlan 23 months ago from Malaysia

      I had the privileged of attending two Indian wedding ceremonies. One was held in a hotel and the other was at a wedding hall. Although all the rites were performed on stage, it wasn't as elaborate as what you had described. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nice to see you Radhika. It is true that marriage ceremonies have shrunk to two days now. May be because of inflation and time factors. Originally, it was known as a sixteen day festival in our Andhra Pradesh. But, now it is celebrated for 4 or 5 days only in our communities.

      Thanks for your visit and nice comment and all the votes.

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      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      True, Dora. It is a great, everlasting joy for both the husband and wife when both their families maintain lovely relationships. And the divinely rituals give much peace and satisfaction and a kind of protection from God.

      Thanks for your visit and nice comment.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 23 months ago from Mumbai,India

      I love our marriage ceremonies very much. In ancient days, the marriage lasted for four days, but it has come short to two days now in Tamil Brahmin communities. Nice hub, voted up, beautiful, awesome and useful. Sharing too.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 23 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for sharing this beautiful tradition. I really love the concept of blending the two families, and also the involvement of God and prayers in the entire process.

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      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you Larry, for your visit and the nice comment.

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      Larry Rankin 23 months ago from Oklahoma

      It was fascinating to look into the traditions of this culture. Wonderful hub.

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      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Parul. I hope you revisited some of your moments of marriage through this. Thanks for the nice comment.

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      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very glad to know you witnessed these ceremonies in a documentary and enjoyed it. Wedding ceremonies are really very pleasing and enjoyable.

      Thanks for your visit, feedback and votes.

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      Parul Srivastava 23 months ago from Lucknow,India

      Wonderfully written Indian Marriage Ceremony.Brings to life the picture of Hindu Marriage.

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      Dana Tate 23 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I seen a documentary on weddings and had the privileged to witness the ceremonies of Hindu marriages. It was so beautiful and romantic. Much of what you described in your hub was exactly what I saw and it brought everything to life. Your presentation was beautiful and your pictures are gorgeous. beautiful hub. voted up.

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      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Hi, Akriti. Thanks for the visit, comment and vote.

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      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nice to see you Harish Prasad. I tried to avoid more details as it already crossed 2000 words. I enjoyed a lot after many years, attending this wedding ceremony. My own son is due now.

      Thanks for the visit and nice comment.

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      Akriti Mattu 23 months ago from Shimla, India

      This makes for an interesting post .Voted up :)

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      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you Bill, for your much solicited visit and appreciating my work with your nice comment.

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      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      It is very nice, Char, to learn about your niece marrying an Indian from London in so many different styles and enjoy a lot. Thanks for the visit and sharing your experiences and for the nice comment. My best wishes to them.

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      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks, Eric. I am much honoured with your visit. Thank you for this nice comment and appreciation.

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      Harish Mamgain 23 months ago from India

      Hindu marriage is a great celebration. It involves performance of marriage as per marriage verses mentioned in Holy Vedas and many regional traditional rituals. Venkatachari M, you have beautifully elaborated on the various aspects of Hindu marriage, a ceremony that leaves an indelible imprint on anyone's mind who has ever witnessed it in person. A great work, my friend. Thanks for sharing this lovely hub.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      A very interesting look at another culture and its customs. Thank you for sharing this very informative and fascinating article. I learned much and I appreciate it.

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      Char Milbrett 23 months ago from Minnesota

      My niece married a man from London, who was born in India. They are now both Hindu. They went back to India, got married in a 6 hour ceremony. Went to London, had a ceremony and party on a large boat, and then, came to the States, had another ceremony in a Conservatory [or greenhouse] in the pool area. The wedding was hot and humid and we drank a lot of water, but the bride was beautiful, the groom was dashing and now they live in London.

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A wonderful hub. It took me back to my wedding where we had many similar traditions. Great pictures. I sure do like and appreciate all the rituals and joy making and eating in these kinds of marriages. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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