The Indian wedding reckons a lot in assuming the position of the sun with the horoscopes matched of both Bride and the Groom.The wedding in the Indian culture is called SANSKARA, a door to the new married phase of life. It is often considered in SANSKARA the spirit unites with the matter to the eternal phase of happiness harmony, growth and unconditional love.
Well a normal Fat Indian Wedding can take place from 3-5 days.It is considered in three phases – pre wedding celebrations, wedding day celebrations. post wedding celebrations.
Ganesh Puja: This is basically offered prayers to the lord Ganesha in order to invite the almighty on the wedding and for his blessings for the occasion.
Mandap Puja: It is a small temporary shed made from 4 poles , beautiful decorated with flowers , lights and deity is offered prayer under this roof, which is considered very sacred throughout the wedding.It takes place at both places (Bride and Groom)
Mehndi (Henna Ceremony): The fine grounded paste made of leaves of the Henna plant is appiled to the bride(majorly) and little applied to the Groom.The design made is more of temporary tatoo, dark brown in color which refers to the design, theme and the wedding.
Its also believed the more darker the color comes out the more the Groom loves the Bride.
Haldi ceremony: Turmeric mixed with some other herbs and oil is applied to the Bride and the Groom separately under this Mandap.
Gauri Har Pooja: Only Bride and her family members offers this prayer to Gauri and Lord Shankar for a healthy and strong marriage.
Wedding day Celebration:
Madhupak (Offering of Yogurt and Honey): Once the Groom arrives with his family and relatives, the brides father offers a prayer to the Groom and welcomes him with yogurt and honey inviting him to the wedding.Other relatives are offered scented water and garland as an expression of respect.
Jaimala (Exchange of Garlands)
The couple are brought in a beautiful decorated stage and then exchanges garlands as an expression of acceptance and to respect each others family.This is later followed by various photos being clicked with guests and family members.
Kanyadan (Giving Away of the Bride)
The daughters are always considered a mother of new life.So in this the father and the mother of the Bride places her hand in the groom’s hand in order to accept her as a life partner.In this ritual it is considered the daughter breaks bond with her parents and move ahead in her new phase of life with her husband.This bond of togetherness is facilitated by both the parents.This is considered the most vital part of the entire Wedding.
Havan ( Sacred Fire prayer)
All the sanskrit spelled vows and hyms are witnessed by the pure and strongest Agni, the God of fire.
Rajaham (Sacrifice to the Sacred Fire)
The bride places both her hands into the groom’s and her brother then places rice into her hands. Together the bride and groom offer the rice as a sacrifice into the fire.
Gath Bandhan (Tying of the Nuptial Knot)
The scarves is placed around the bride and groom which is tied by the bride’s aunt and grooms sister for their eternal bond. This signifies their pledge before God to love each other unconditionally and respect each other.
The couple makes four Mangalpheras around the fire in a clockwise direction representing four goals in life: Dharma, religious and moral duties; Artha, prosperity; Kama, earthly pleasures; Moksha, spiritual salvation and liberation. The bride leads the Pheras first, signifying her determination to stand first beside her husband in all happiness and sorrow.
Saptapardi (Seven Steps Together)
The bride and groom walk seven steps together to signify the beginning of their journey through life together. Each step represents a marital vow:
First step: To respect and honor each other
Second step: To share each other’s joy and sorrow
Third step: To trust and be loyal to each other
Fourth step: To cultivate appreciation for knowledge, values, sacrifice and service
Fifth step: To reconfirm their vow of purity, love family duties and spiritual growth
Sixth step: To follow principles of Dharma (righteousness)
Seventh step: To nurture an eternal bond of friendship and love
A necklace(gold and black beads) worn specifically by married women as a symbol of their marriage
Sindhoor (Red Powder)
The groom applies a small dot of vermilion, a powdered red lead, to the bride’s forehead and welcomes her as his partner for life. It is applied for the first time to a woman during the marriage ceremony when the bridegroom himself adorns her with it.
Jalastnchana (Blessing of the Couple)
The parents of the bride and groom bless the wedded couple by dipping a rose in water and sprinking it over the couple.
Aashirvad (Parental Blessing)
The parents of the bride and groom give their blessings to the couple. The couple touches the feet of their parents as a sign of respect.
POST WEDDING CELEBRATIONS:
New Bride Welcome:
This is the formal welcome of the bride by the groom’s parents to their home. The bride pushes a pot full of grains on the threshold with her right foot suggesting that, with her entrance, her new home be filled with wealth and prosperity.
This is grand feast /celebration offered by the Groom’s family to their relatives.This is a celebration marking the celebration for the newly wed couple and wishing them a