Day 1 – Welcome Reception
This is the first party for the wedding guests.
Day 2 – Mehendi
This is somewhat of a bachelor party of the couple. A Mehndi party is the pre-wedding celebration in Hindu and Sikh culture when the bride has the red-orange mehndi “stain” applied to her palms, back of hands, and feet. Typically held the day before the wedding towards lunch if the Sangeeth is in the night, the event often has a lounge feel, with colorful pillows.
Day 2 – Sangeet
The word “Sangeet “ means music, but when it is used as a term to describe a celebratory event during an Indian wedding it translates to Music Night or Musical party. This musical night is a celebration of the union of not only the couple but the bonding of both families.
Day 3 – Navagarai & Ghari Pooja
This is the actual religious ceremony of purification and blessing. Ganesha Puja History and Introduction This Puja, or ceremony, is performed for good luck to be bestowed onto the married couple and their families, so that whatever obstacles they may face will be destroyed. All auspicious ceremonies in the Hindu religion commence with a prayer to Lord Ganesh.
Ghari Puja is a Sindhi marriage ritual which is done both in the bridegroom and bride’s house. Ritual of Ghari Puja is performed the night before the wedding. It symbolizes the journey that the couple is taking initially in their lives together. … The married ladies whose husbands are alive grind wheat and pound turmeric.
Usually meals and refreshments are vegetarian. Strictly no alcohol.
The process is known as the Navagraha Pooja / Navagraha Shanti and is very effective. Navagraha Shanti Puja is undertaken to reduce the negative effects and improve the positive energies related to a person. This Pooja can even be done at home if one follows the proper set of rituals.
Day 3 – Baraat
Barat is one of the most fun filled traditions in the entire wedding ceremony. It is basically the procession, which proceeds from the house of the groom, towards the wedding venue. The procession is attended by the all the relatives and friends from the groom’s side. The groom is seated on a decorated horse or an elephant for reaching the venue. The spruced up groom is the center of attention as he is elaborately dressed for the occasion.
The groom wears a turban with ‘sehra’, which is a flower veil over his face. Around his neck he wears a garland of Indian currency, signifying his prosperity. This is a very colorful and grand ceremony, which is enjoyed by one and all. Before his departure for the venue, tilak is applied on his forehead, by his various relatives. After this, his sisters and paternal aunt feed the horse or elephant with sweetened grain.
Next, the groom sits on the horse, followed by his congregated folks. Everybody dances on the tunes of the song and music played by the band / Dhol Drums accompanying them. This way the flock rejoices for the reason that an eligible bachelor of their family will finally start his new life, along with his life partner. Amongst all the celebration, the baraat eventually reaches the marriage spot, where the family members of the bride, awaits them.
On the arrival, all the followers of the baraat are greeted by the people from the bride’s side / Sawgatam. The mother of the bride applies tilak on groom’s forehead and performs aarti / a prayer & offer blessings to free him from obstacles & to ward off any evil. He along with his other prominent family members is offered a token of gratitude in the form of money from the bride’s side. Sampat / a small clay pot is placed under groom’s feet… which has to crush with his right foot. This symbolizes his strength & determination to overcome all obstacles the couple may face in their married life. After this, the groom leaves for the sight of Mandap, for the exchange of garlands with the bride.
Day 3 – Vivahar & Mandap
This is actual wedding union of the couple (Vivahar). The place where it is held is the Mandap.
After Swagtam is the Ganesh Pooja till Kanya Aagman / arrival of the bride. Bride is brought to the Mandap by her brothers & Sisters. An Antarpat / cloth is held between the bride & groom, separating them as a symbol of their separate existence prior to marriage. Once the priest blesses the couple, the antarpat is lowered & they can see each other for the first time.
Jai Mala / Exchange of garlands as a symbolic representation of their divine union & the consent to marry.
Kanya Daan / giving away of the bride – Bride’s parents formally give away their daughter, entrusting his pledge to eternally love her.
Hastamilap & Grantbi-Bandban / Union of the Bride & the Groom. Varmala /a long sacred cotton necklace is put around both their necks bonding them spiritually signifying their union. A knot is tied between the bride & the groom to signify a loving & strong bond, which will strengthen, no matter what external forces pull at it.
Agni Pooja / Worshiping the sacred / holy Fire – Agni, an eternal witness to the marriage. Agni lighted by the Pandith in a havaan kund, is a symbol of purity & signifies the presence of God at the ceremony. All commitments made in the presence of Agni are thus made in the presence of God.
Mangal Pbera / Holy steps around the fire – commitment to life goals. Couple will circle around the sacred fire. Each round signifies one of the 04 basic human goals : Dharma ( righteousness) , Artha ( prosperity) , Karma ( embodiment of energy & passion for life) , moksha ( liberation & contentment through self-realization)
Sapta Padi / The 7 Steps – couple take 7 steps together, symbolizing the beginning of their journey through life as partners. These 7 steps reflect their guiding principles in life. As they take each step, couple exchange the following vows : Together we will…1. Share in the responsibility of the home 2. Fill our hearts with strength & courage 3. Prosper & Share our worldly goods. 4. Fill our hearts with love, peace, happiness & spiritual values 5. Be blessed with loving children 6. Attain self-restraint & longevity 7. Be best friends & eternal partners.
Sindoor & Mangal Sutra / Groom embraces Bride as his wife by adorning her with 2 signs of a married woman. Groom applies Sindoor ( vermillion powder) at the parting of bride’s hair & places a Mangal Sutra ( a sacred necklace made of black & gold beads) around her neck.
Akband Saubbagya- Vati / Blessings from married women. 5 married women from both families will be invited to greet the couple & whisper in bride’s ear their blessings & good wishes for a blissful married life & happiness.
Day 4 – Departure Reception & Brunch
Ashirvaad / Wedding Reception – This is the final party for the wedding Guests. The wedding ceremony has concluded & the final blessings are sought from elders. So the new couple have a long & happy married life together. Wedding Reception will continue at a different Venue till dawn. The morning after the final reception guest prefer a brunch instead of breakfast