A guite to the Ceremony
The groom and his mfamily and friends parade to the wedding venue, with dancing, dhol music and other traditional instruments
The groom is welcomed by the bride’s family and bridal party. He is escorted to the Mandap. The four pillars of the Mandap symbolise the vital role the parents have played in the bride and grooms lives.
The bride arrives to the mandap. The antarpat (White cloth) is lowered and the bride and groom see each other for the first time that day. They exchange flower garlands to signify formal acceptance of the marriage
The priest begins the ceremony with offering of prayers to Bhagwan Ganesh to dispel difficulties and remove obstacles
The bride has her palm placed on the groom’s palm, usually by her father or an uncle to signify her passing to a new family
The ends of the couples’ scarves are tied together to symbolise the joining of their lives. The couple hold hands and accept each other as man and wife
The bride and groom circle the fire and take their first steps as a married couple, to jointly ask for prosperity in their marriage and in their household
The groom puts the mangalsutra (back bead necklace on the bride and sindoor (vermillion) in her parting as symbols of marriage. The parents and crowd are invited to bless the couple
The couple will take seven together making a promise at each step: We will respect each other. We will be honest and faithful. We will be together in sorrow and happiness. We will travel this journey of life with love. We will try keep our family happy and healty.