Weddings hold so much importance in India. It’s not about people meeting but the commitment of being together forever with each other no matter what. Weddings are great celebrations and denotation of solemnization of the coming together of two people.
India is a diverse country and so are our wedding rituals. Just like the language, our rituals change with different parts of the country. And all of them hold some importance and blessings. It is such a delight to be a part of these rituals as they are the sign of piousness and purity of a relationship.
Here we have some of the wedding rituals from different parts of the country and what they stand for. Each one of them is unique and holds a different meaning.
Aiburo Bhaat-West Bengal
Also known as the traditional bachelor party in Bengal, it is the last means to wed-to-be eat before marriage. It is served to both the bride-to-be and the groom-to-be.
The meal is actually an authentic Bengali meal that has specially made fish with Bhaat(rice).
Accompanied by the elders singing wedding folk songs and dancing creates a happy and loving surrounding, giving the blessing to the bride and groom.
Ganesh Maatli/ Ganesha Sthapan-Gujrat
Throughout India, it is believed that any Shubh(auspicious) thing should be started with the worship and blessing of lord Ganesh and that is what Shree Ganesh is called.
Following the same path in Gujra Ganesh Maatl/ Ganesha Sthapant stands for welcoming and worshiping lord Ganesh before starting the marriage rituals. With that, they ask for a happy beginning and protect the upcoming joy from anything bad.
Kashi Yatra-Andhra Pradesh
Okay, so this one is pretty fun. Kashi Yatra means visiting Kashi means a lot in Andhra Pradesh. So in this ritual, the groom on the wedding day pretends and teases the bride side that he will leave everything and go to Kashi to worship lord shiva and leave worldly pleasure.
To stop him the bride’s brother convinced him to stop and marry his sister. It is actually a fun ritual and involves lots of jokes.
Saptapadi Ritual is a Maharashtrian wedding ritual that is done while taking the seven rounds with fire in the center(Saat Pheras). In this ritual, before the pheras, the bride places her right foot on top of seven betel nuts which are decorated on top of the small mold of rice.
After the seventh round is completed the bride places her foot on the grindstone and the groom holds her hand symbolizing that no matter what the groom will support her in her tough times and the bride to be strong throughout their companionship.
Dwar Chakai is a Marwari ritual in which when the baarat finally comes to the wedding venue the groom hits the well-decorated entrance with a neem stick. The rituals symbolized the neem stick as an auspicious plant that will keep the wedding and mandap from any kind of negativity.
It is a kind of fun ceremony as the bride side tries hard to make it difficult for the groom and once the groom is done the mother of the bride pulls the groom’s nose and puts a tilak on his head to welcome home for the wedding.
Kangnabandhana and Kanyadaan-Bihar & East UP
Kangnabandhana and Kanyadaan is a wedding in Bihar and east Uttar Pradesh where the priest ties make a bracelet of cotton thread with mango leaves and haldi and tie the right hand of both bride and groom together. Making the relationship official and taking blessings from god.
The barber then cuts the toenails of the bride and groom inside the mandap symbolizing the negativity gone. Then the bride’s mother and father gave away the bride’s hand to the groom denoting that not she is his forever.
Bor Baton & Leilenga-Manipur
Bor baton and Leilenga are a fun wedding ritual from Manipur. For Bor Baton, the young brothers from being bride’s house visit the groom’s house to convince him and invite him to the wedding. Also accompanied by lots of gifts and fun chat.
Simultaneously in the bride-to-be’s house, the bride with her bridesmaid weave her Garlands for the garland ceremony by herself along with the main priest chanting holy mantras to keep away the wedding from any kind of negativity and blessing it with god.
Ab shehrun is a beautiful Kashmiri wedding ritual in which the bride takes bath to cleanse herself from any negativity for the fresh start of her new phase of life. Usually accompanied by her mother and sister. The elders of the house bless the girl for a good and positive start.
After that, the bride gets ready in her traditional outfit also known as Pehran and then takes blessing from god by offering two rakath.
Sparsham Ritual is a wedding ritual from Kerala where the groom and bride sit together on the floor facing each other. Their heads are met and then the bride puts rice in the holy fire symbolizing their holy meeting. After that, the groom puts the right foot of the bride on the grindstone symbolizing that she has finally left her house and now she has entered her new family with him.
The Kalira ceremony is a well-known ceremony performed at every Punjabi wedding. In this beautiful kaliras are tied to the chooda of the bride-to-be. It is also encrusted with some betel nuts and dry fruits. he bride then goes to the unmarried girls and shakes her kaliras above them. It is said that if the betel nut or a part of kalira falls on any of the girls that she will be the one to get married next.’
Here were some of the joyous marriage ceremony from different parts of India. All of them are so beautiful and symbols of love and affection from the family and loved ones. Tell us which one you loved the most. Also, what’s your favourite ceremony from weddings?