- Event held at the grooms house where the Havan is held by the Pundit. Afterwards the bride’s father applies Tilak to the groom’s head and the brides family presents him with blessings and gifts.
~ This time the grooms relatives visit the house of the bride. She is given a red Suri and dresses in clothes that the grooms family presents her with. A Chunni is placed on her head by the mother-in-law and she is feed rice and milk by the grooms family.
-”Mehendi is considered to be an ancient Indian body art. It is used in creating elaborate ethnic or contemporary designs and exotic patterns on various parts of the body; traditionally mehendi was applied on the hands and feet of Indian bride .”
- Afterwards dry dates are shared by the gride and groom
Clothing- Pre Ceremony Kashida embroideries During the Sangeet Ceremony men typically wear traditional Kurta pyjamas Silks and soft linens are used for this look Jutis
Clothing- Pre Ceremony - salwar resembles a pyjama -There are three parts in a salwar suit, namely the kameez, salwar and a dupatta. -available in silk and brocade. -Heavy embroidery is made on the suits with zardosi work.
Clothing- Main Ceremony Sherwani -it is considered the national dress for men -signifies elegance and style -worn over the Kurta pyjamas - made of heavier fabrics - always embroidered -close fitting Nehru collar churidar and Jodhpurs Khes Zardozi work
Mangal Fera - The couple circles the sacred fire seven times. This aspect of the ceremony legalizes the marriage according to the Hindu Marriage Act as custom.
Saptapadi - Marriage knot symbolized by tying one end of the groom's scarf with the bride's dress. Then they take seven steps representing nourishment, strength, prosperity, happiness, progeny, long life and harmony and understanding, respectively.
Abhishek - Sprinkling of water, meditating on the sun and the pole star.
Anna Praashan - The couple make food offerings into the fire then feed a morsel of food to each other expressing joy ”
“ This is the formal departure of the bride from her parents' home. The fun side of the ritual is that the sister in-laws are gifted with a kalichari , which is a gold or silver ring or sometime cash money for returning the groom's shoes, which were hidden by the sister-in-laws after the marriage ceremony as a joke. As she steps out of the door she throws back five handfuls of rice over her head as a symbol of prosperity and wealth. This custom signifies that she is paying back whatever her parents have given her.
When the car starts, the brides brothers and cousins pushes the car a little signifying that they have given her a push ahead as she starts her new life with her husband. After the last car starts, money is thrown on the road to discard the evil. Mostly younger brother or sister accompanies her to her new home to give her moral support”