In Indian culture, wedding is seen as an auspicious occasion wherein each and every member of the family takes part. It is a ceremony which enables two people to begin their journey of life with happiness and bliss. Well, marriage is not a weaving of two beautiful souls but also the amalgamation of two families with similar culture and background.
In Indian weddings, the main emphasis is given on eternal happiness along with mutual-love. Therefore, many customs and rites are followed in Indian marriages which were inherited from the former ancestors. The point behind following the customs is to give importance to the ancestors and to make the wedding pious. The different types of customs followed in Indian marriage denote an act of obligation and Dharma towards the family and society.
Have a look at the various types of rituals followed in Indian weddings-
Mangni or engagement ceremony is a pre-marriage ceremony in which the bride and groom exchange rings in front of their family members.
Sangeet or Indian wedding music is also a pre-wedding custom wherein the family of the bride and groom enjoy the music with food.
Tilak is a pre-wedding ritual wherein the red colored powder is placed on the forehead of the groom to protect his life from danger.
Baraat is the groom’s arrival to the wedding venue along with his family, and they are welcomed by the bride’s family.
Jaimala is custom wherein the bride and groom exchange garlands in front of their family members and friends. This ceremony signifies both groom and bride are in consent for getting married.
Madhupak is a ritual wherein the groom is welcomed to the altar (mandap) and bride’s father offers yogurt and honey to the groom as an expression of respect and welcome.
In this ceremony the bride’s parent gives their daughter’s hand to the groom and requests him to accept her as an equal partner in their journey of life and love.
In this ceremony the groom and the bride make rounds around the holy fire to complete the whole process of a wedding.
In this custom the bride bids farewell to her parents and enters the new phase of life with her husband.