Marriage is a sacred sanctity and a harmonious bond that is made out of love, faith and companionship.It also joins two families together
Weddings in India are elaborate events that come with set of complex customs and traditions rituals being observed throughout many days and vary considerably from region to region. Each community has their own rituals based on cultural influences.
Variations in Hindu Weddings across India
There is no doubt weddings come with a long list of traditions and rituals. There are a few rituals that are common to most marriages.
Many of these are scientifically sound, and some are actually good for one’s health.
As the wedding day approaches, there are a few rituals that are observed like Ganesh Puja, Mehendi, Sangeet and Haldi.
In most cultures, a Puja is held by both the bride and groom’s families. The families pray to Lord Ganesha to remove all obstacles from the couple’s life path.
Mehendi is one of the most important rituals where a paste of henna is applied on the bride’s and groom’s hand that takes place before the actual wedding.
Mehendi or henna has medicinal properties and is applied on the hands and feet, which has many nerve endings, and it helps to prevent the nerves from becoming tensed during stressful situations.
The Sangeet is a fun-filled ceremony where both the families get together to perform song-dance routines, and get to know each other better.
The traditional ‘haldi ceremony’ is a very common ritual and a fun time among almost all communities in India. This turmeric paste in applied to both the bride’s and groom at their respective places by women elderly members of their families before they are washed by sacred water.
Apart from imparting a natural glow, this medicinal herb helps to keep bacteria at bay. Further, the mixture is prepared with oil that helps to moisturise the skin before the big day as well.
The bride is considered to be Laxmi and the groom is Vishnu. By joining their hands in marriage, they repay the debt to our forefathers by continuing the next life cycle.’