TheHindu wedding embodies the customof bidding a daughter farewell from her paternal home for the beginning in her new home. Hindu wedding symbolizes the importance of the married life and a happy family altogether.
In the Hindu wedding, the “PanditBaje” is responsible for carrying out all the wedding rituals and pronouncing the couple as married.The bride’s as well as the groom’s parents, are very important people in the wedding. Without their involvement, the wedding is considered incomplete.
The Hindu weddingbegins when the elders meet and arrange the marriage between the possible bride and the groom. The dates are fixed and words are given. The couple gets engaged and the official invitations for the wedding are handed out.
A few days before the marriage, the bride’s relatives along with “PachKanya”, i.e. five girls, visit the groom-to-be’sfamily bearing gifts and delicacies. This ritual is known as “Nimta”, where the official invitation from the wedding is framed and read in front of everyone in order to invite the groom to the wedding. During this ritual, the bride’s father and brother are not present along with her mother.
On the wedding day, the groom with his family and relatives, who are called a “Janti”are welcomed by the bride’s family.
The groom side of the family comes bearing gifts with sweets, dry fruits and the bride’s wedding dress, which is all handed to the father or to the brothers.
The bride’s father then puts tika “vermilion” on everyone and gives them money.
Once the wedding rituals start, the “PanditBaje” who plays animportant role in the wedding proceeds by chanting mantras in front of the holy fire.
The couple is seated together and the “Kanyadan” begins. Through this ritual, the bride’s family members and close relatives hand her responsibility to her new family.
The groom’s mother and mother relations are not present in the wedding. As the wedding is being commenced, the mothers have their own ritual known as “Retteuli”. It is where they dance and sing throughout the day and wait for their new daughter-in-law to arrive.
After the “Kanyadan”, the bride gets changed in her in-law’s attire and then the couple proceeds to take 3circles around the holy fire as the “PanditBaje” chants mantra. This ritual unifies the promise of being together for the next 7 lives to come.
In the “Swayamber”, the groom puts “Sindor” i.e. vermillion on hisbride’s forehead and places a red beaded necklace to seal their marriage. The couple are now ritually married and blessed.
The final ritualis known as “Bidai”. The bride and groom are sent off to their new life. The groom is carried by the bride’s maternal uncle or her brother and the happy couple is bid farewell to begin their married life.
Hindu weddings hold a special ritual where the bride and groom take 3 circles around the holy fire whilst the “PanditBaje” chants special mantras. This ritual symbolizes the promise the couple makes to each other, which is staying together and loving each other for the next 7 lives.
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