Hindu Wedding

After friends and family have greeted the couple, they leave for the grooms house. At the entrance of their new home, the brides feet are rinsed by the grooms parents. A cover is placed over her head as she sprinkles milk in all corners of the house. This signifies that she will maintain the respect... Read more
The priest explains to the couples their responsibilities to each other and then gives them his holy blessings. This completes the marriage ceremony.... Read more
The brides parents entrust their daughter in the safe keeping of the groom and his family.... Read more
The wedding ceremony is performed by the priest in the presence of family and friends. The bride and groom are seated in front of a holy fire and the priest recites various religious sayings from the Holy scriptures. According to the Hindu religion, fire is considered the sustainer of life. It is be... Read more
In this ceremony, the corner of the brides sari is tied to a scarf which is worn by the groom. The right hands of the couple are tied with a thread that has been blessed with religious incantations. The typing of the hands signifies an eternal bond that will join them forever. The couple then [...]... Read more
After the bride dresses up in her wedding ensemble, her sisters or female relatives escort the groom to the brides house. At the entrance, the groom places his right foot on the top of the brides foot, signifying that he should be the dominating strength in their life together. After the groom enter... Read more
This is the final and most important religious custom that is performed on the eve of the wedding day. «Ghari Puja» is carried out in the respective homes of the couple. The priest performs the prayers with rice, coconut, wheat grains, oil, betel nuts, turmeric and a number of other spices. Marrie... Read more
This is the prayer to the nine planets of our Solar System. Ancient Indian studies indicate that various celestial bodies have tremendous influence on the destiny of every individual, and among them the effect of the nine planets is “supposed” to be the most profound. During this puja, t... Read more
The sisters and female relatives of the groom visit the bride-to-be in her home. They bring with them perfume, cosmetics and flowers that are strung together in the form of earrings, bangles, hairpieces and garlands. The sisters adorn their sister-in-law to be with the flowers, suggesting their affe... Read more
Music is the soul of any wedding ceremony, regardless of faith or origin. Without music & festivity, the wedding lacks sparkle. On the Sangeet night, entertainment is provided with the help of professional singers who sing popular Hindi film songs. Family and friends eat, drink and dance the nig... Read more
This festive occasion, originally of Muslim origin, is usually held in the late afternoon. This is primarily a ladies tea-party; however the male relatives are allowed to be present. On the «mehndi», the future bride has her hands and feet intricately patterned with a paste which is a recipe of he... Read more
A Hindu Wedding is not simply an exchange of vows and rings. It includes a number of religious rites before and during the nuptials, which are performed in the presence of family deities. These represent the importance of the bond between a husband and wife. A Hindu marriage or «Vivaha» is incompl... Read more