Grand Gujarat Wedding



India is a multicultural country where you can find different cultured people who speaks different languages and who follows different custom but are amalgamated by nationality. All the Indian weddings are known for their grandness and celebrations and Gujarati Weddings are even more ostentatious. With so much of pomp and show, most of the Gujarati Wedding Ceremonies takes place during night. The systematic customs and traditions of the wedding has deep meanings incorporated within them. Here you can find the ceremonies listed below.

 

Pre-Wedding Ceremonies

Sagai – Otherwise known as engagement ceremony. This ceremony takes place in the groom’s place, where the bride’s family shares sweets with the groom’s family to symbolize the commitment of two families. Thus the bride and groom gets engaged in Sagai.

Gujarati Bride

Mandap Muhurat – Both the bride and groom’s family conduct auspicious poojas at their respective places to invoke the blessings of Lord Ganesha. It is belived that the pooja will bring more prosperity and happiness into the couple’s life.
 
Griha Shanti – Again this is a small pooja which will be happening in both the groom and bride’s place. A hindu priest will initiate the pooja and at the end of this ceremony, the date and time for the wedding day is fixed.
 
Garba – This is the most fun filled ceremony, where both the families performs the traditional Gujarti dance. During this ceremony, both the family members get a chance to know about each other and can have fun together. And this binds the relationship between the two family members.
 
Pithi – In this Ceremony, both the bride and groom are cleansed with the turmeric water to bring out a healthy glow on their face. This ceremony happens a day before the wedding.

Gujarati Ghoriwala

Sagai – Otherwise known as engagement ceremony. This ceremony takes place in the groom’s place, where the bride’s family shares sweets with the groom’s family to symbolize the commitment of two families. Thus the bride and groom gets engaged in Sagai.
 

Wedding Ceremony

Barat – The wedding starts with the Barat Ceremony , where the traditionally dressed up groom reaches the mandap in a horse. Along with the groom comes his family members dancing to the traditional music band

Gujarati Wedding Couples

Ponkvu – During this ceremony, the mother-in law of the groom welcomes him by taking Aarti and also she playfully pinches the groom’s nose (ouch that hurts..) to remind him that since he is now taking away her daughter, he will be responsible for her well-being & happiness.
 
Jaimala – Introduction of bride and groom takes place during this ritual. Both the bride and groom exchanges garlands and this exchange of garlands is known as Jaimala. The exchange of garlands are done twice on the marriage altar.
 
Kanya dan – Kanya Danam is one of the most sacred and pure sacrifices that a man can ever perform during a wedding. This ritual involves the offering and giving away the daughter by her father to the prospective groom for marriage.
 
Varmala – The scarf worn by the groom is tied to the bride’s saree and this symbolises togetherness and unity of the couple.Followed by this,the guests at the wedding blesses the couple with rose petals and rice grains.
 
Mangal Pheres – In this ritual, the couple seeks the blessings of Agni by walking around the holy fire. This is to signify the promise to be with each other till the end and to share all the joy and sorrow equally.
 
Saptapadi – In this ceremony, the seven wedding vows are taken by the couple and for the each vow, the groom helps the bride to touch seven betel nuts with their right toes.
 
Saubhagyavati Bhava – During Saptapdi, the seven married women from the bride’s family wishes good luck and blessing by whispering in the right ear of the bride.
 
Ashirwad – The newly weds take blessing from elders by touching their feet.
 
Post wedding functions

Vidaai – In Vidaai, the bride departs from her birth place and starts a new life with new people and relations.

Marriage Feeling

Ghar Ni Laxmi – Welcoming of the bride is called as Ghar NI Laxmi. The mother-in-law of the bride places a vessel full of rice in the entrance and the bride is made to knock of the vessel with her right feet.

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