Wedding, being a celebration of togetherness, not only of two hearts and families but also of cultures and heritage, couples even in the expensive times, boasts social marriages. Gujarati wedding is one amongst those wedding ceremonies that is full of traditional rituals. Performed with pomp and posh, Gujarati weddings are full of spirits. The ceremonies are normally held at night, which is why it takes almost the entire night to get over. However, like Bengali wedding, a Gujarati wedding ceremony too is followed by Ashirwaad and then Vidai. Scan through to know further about the auspicious Gujarati wedding ceremonies.
This is basically the official beginning of the wedding rituals. Herein the groom along with his family and friends are welcomed by the bride’s family. Also, the mother-in-law of the groom does aarti to greet his arrival. While doing so, she playfully tries to hold her son-in-law’s nose.
In this ceremony, the groom’s feet are washed by using honey and milk. This is done to make the groom feel special and superior. While this ritual continues, the bride’s sister(s) try their best to steal the shoes of the groom. And this is popularly termed as ‘Juta Churai’.
It denotes the beginning of the wedding with traditional customs solemnized by the Pundit. Accompanied by maternal uncle, the bride is brought to the mandap and is seated behind a curtain. This antarpat (curtain) acts as a barrier between the bride and the groom. As soon as the Pundit starts chanting the holy matras, the curtain is lowered for the couple to exchange garlands right in the front of the pious fire.
This is probably one of the most emotional ceremonies in a Gujarati wedding. Here the bride’s father handovers her hand to the groom in an expectation that he would take care of her. While the bride is considered as the form of Goddess Laxmi, the groom is regarded as the Lord Narayana.
Hasta Milap has a lot of significance in the wedding. It involves joining the groom’s and the bride’s hands. The joined hands are marked as the symbol of union of two souls. While Hasta Milap is performed the Pundit chants mantras to seek the blessings of Gods and Goddesses for the couple.
The couple takes pheras (rounds) around the sacred fire while the archarya chants mantras. When taking pheras the groom is required to recite a few mantras that express his genuine desires to get his wife’s support. And also promises to stay beside her forever. In a Gujarati wedding, four mangal pheras are generally taken, which stands for “Dharma, Artha, Karma and Moksha”.
The groom assists the bride to touch seven betel nuts by using her right toe while the couple recites the seven nuptial vows.
The newly wedded couple is blessed by seven married women who wish good luck in the bride’s right ear.
After the serious traditional wedding ritual, this is a unique custom. Here the groom is asked to tug his mother-in-law’s sari when she passes by the Mandap in such a way as if he is asking for gifts from her.
When the wedding is over, the couple seeks blessings of the elders. Both of them are blessed with gifts.
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