A Hindu wedding is a beautiful and traditional ceremony and these Hindu wedding rituals will help you plan a wonderful wedding. The ceremonies at Hindu weddings last for approximately 3-4 days and it is a lot of fun. From the pre-wedding rituals to the post wedding ones, here is a detailed guide on Hindu wedding rituals.
All You Need To Know About The Hindu Wedding Rituals And Customs –
1. Roka Ceremony
The Roka ceremony is the first step towards the marriage. It is like an official announcement from the bride and the groom’s side to get married to each other. The families gather and exchange sweets in a small ceremony. Typically both families bless the happy couple before they embark on their future together.
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2. Engagement Ceremony
An engagement is the period of time between a marriage proposal and the marriage itself. During this period, a couple is said to be fiancés. This ceremony takes place a few months before the wedding where the bride and groom exchange rings. The ceremony is hosted for close friends and family members so that they can meet the families and celebrate.
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3. Sagan And Tilak Ceremony
This auspicious event takes place where the male members of the bride’s family visit the groom’s to put Kumkum on his forehead. Nowadays, people have got a little fancier and celebrate the ceremony with music and dance. Tilak Ceremony is reckoned as the first step towards cementing the bond between the two families
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4. Mehendi Ceremony
Mehndi is associated with positive spirits and good luck and is applied to the bride’s hands and feet a few days before her wedding. As per certain traditions, even the groom applies a bit of mehendi on his hands as well as feet. The darkness of the mehendi colour on a bride’s hand represents the deep love between the couple. It also has a cooling effect that relieves the bride and the groom of all the wedding stress.
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Mehendi ceremony is unquestionably the most fun, colorful and vibrant of all the wedding ceremonies. This joyous celebration is not complete without singing of traditional songs as well as playing of music instruments like dholak and dhol.
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5. Sangeet, Hindu Wedding Rituals
Did you know that ‘sangeet’ actually means to ‘sing together’. This ceremony was mainly a tradition in Punjab but has been adapted by others too. Earlier sangeet ceremony started 10 days before the wedding ceremony.
A typical sangeet ceremony involves a lot of singing and dancing where the families of both the bride and the groom join hands to make the evening more interesting. It is truly one of the most awaited ceremonies and the best one among all.
6. Haldi Ceremony
The haldi ceremony is a holy bath before the wedding. It is known by different names in different regions, like ubtan, mandha, tel baan. The bright yellow color of Haldi is considered an auspicious color in the Hindu tradition. It signifies purity, fertility and glowing health.
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Turmeric is applied to both the bride and groom by married women on the morning of the wedding. The mixture is believed to bless the couple before the wedding. Yellow color is said to protect the bride and groom from evil.
7. Wedding, The D-Day
At the main event, the couple first exchange varmalas and then take seven pheras to make their wedding official in front of a priest and take blessings from elders in the family. It is such a blessed ceremony and peaceful ceremony.
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The 7 steps also known as the 7 vows or 7 pheras in a Hindu wedding are taken to symbolize the bride and groom’s commitment to each other. The 7 vows are as follows –
- Nourish Each Other
- Be Each Other’s Strength
- Stay Faithful
- Love Each Other’s Families
- Care For Children
- Live A Peaceful Life Together
- Maintain The Bond Of Friendship
The vidaai ceremony symbolises the final stage of a wedding, where the bride’s parents bid farewell to their daughter with their son-in-law and blesses the couple for the future. The bride’s parents are filled with feelings of happiness for her, and they bless her with all their heart and soul.
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The bride also throws rice behind her as she leaves her home and thanks her parents for giving her such a great and wonderful life. The brothers of the bride push the doli or car and bid farewell to their sister.
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8. Griha Pravesh
After the vidaai ceremony, the bride is welcomed into her new home by the groom’s family through griha pravesh custom, and fun games and celebrations. The bride is to tilt a Kalash Laden with rice using her right foot and then step into a dish with Alta and step into her new house.
So, now that you are aware of all the Hindu wedding traditions, we think it’s time for you to find a soulmate and get married now. Don’t worry, ShaadiWish is here to help you out with your wedding planning.