|Startling Wedding Rituals in an Indian Wedding by parekhcards||20/11/2015 at 2:30|
A wedding is a holy ritual, in which two persons commit to stay together for life long and promise to love and respect each other. Since we Indians are stern followers of our traditions, a traditional Indian wedding includes various rituals and ceremonies which is performed in a grand manner. A wedding is solemnized with utmost purity in the presence of a religious guru who chants religious vedics.
The numerous rituals that are followed during the total wedding duration are as follows:-
Tilak Ceremony: Tilak ceremony is the foremost ritual that is observed in every Hindu wedding. In this, the bride's family goes to the groom's home and performs Tilak. Earlier, this function was performed a month or more prior to the wedding but with time due to busy schedule of people, it is performed just a few days before the wedding.
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Engagement Ceremony: Weddings of India are very well known for the opulent functions all performed in the traditional manner. In the engagement ceremony, a bride and a groom exchange commitment ring and promise each other to remain committed. Families and guests from both the sides gather to bless the couple and post the ring ceremony you will find them relishing on delicious food and socializing.
Sangeet Ceremony: This ceremony is one of the most colorful and jolly part of the wedding, which is usually performed by women. Before the wedding day, ladies dance and sings on groovy musical numbers. In short, this function is all about dance and music.
Mehendi Ceremony: Mehendi ceremony is again an important ritual of an Indian wedding. In this function, the elaborate mehendi pattern is made on the hands and legs of the bride. It is believed that along with adding beauty and charm to the bride's look; it also gives her soothing feel to keep her energetic during the wedding function. Not only the bride, all the ladies and young girls sit together for Mehendi to enhance their look on their D-day.
Var Mala Ceremony: On the wedding day, this ceremony is the foremost thing that takes place once the bride and the groom are there at the venue. This ceremony is also called by the name of Jaimala in some regions of our nation. It involves exchanging of garlands between the bride and the groom.
Mandap ceremony: This ceremony takes place once the muhurat for the wedding commences. It holds the utmost importance on the day of the wedding. It's because all the significant wedding rituals are performed during this ceremony. Mandap is basically a canopy made up of flowers and other decors. All the crucial rituals like kanyadaan, saat pheras, sindoor etc. takes place here.
Vidai Ceremony: This ceremony is the most emotional moment of the wedding. This is the time when the wedding has been solemnized and now it's time for the bride to leave her parents house and go to her in-laws place. During this ceremony, the atmosphere is very silent with moist eyes all around.
Reception Ceremony: With time, this ceremony has gained importance in almost every Indian wedding. It is a function, wherein family welcomes the bride in the family and thus out of happiness throws a get-together for their close ones. Guests come to bless the newly wed and wish for their bright future.
It is rightly considered that marriage is not just unity of two persons but also two souls. The wedding rituals are the essence of any marriage, thereby bonding the importance and faith in the same.
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