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Another List of Rituals – I think this is from Southern India….
Vara Satkaarah – Reception of the bridegroom and his kinsmen at the entrance gate of the wedding hall where the officiating priest chants a few mantras and the bride’s mother blesses the groom with rice and trefoil and applies tilak of vermilion and turmeric powder.
Madhuparka Ceremony - Reception of the bridegroom at the altar and bestowing of presents by the bride’s father.
Kanya Dan - The bride’s father gives away his daughter to the groom amidst the chanting of sacred mantras.
Vivah-Homa - The sacred fire ceremony ascertaining that all auspicious undertakings are begun in an atmosphere of purity and spirituality.
Most often the primary pre-wedding custom is called the Rokana which literally means ‘to stop’. The bride’s parents first go to the prospective grooms house. Often a very simple ceremony attended by the parents and close relatives. The Rokana is conducted upon consent of the marriage by the bride and groom’s family. The bride’s parents will often give their future son in-law a small sum of money. In turn, the groom’s parents go to the bride-to-be’s house to do the same. With them, they might bring Chhuharas (figs), mithai (indian sweets) and some money.
Chunni Chadana and Shuggun
Here is a write up on the Kannada weddings:
Kannada Wedding Naandi is performed separately at bride as well as groom’s house. This is to ensure that the marriage takes place despite any circumstances.
A very old ritual Kashi Yatre, here the groom pretends to be very angry as nobody is searching for a bride for him. He announces Brahmacharya. This is when his maternal uncle convinces him and puts forth him the girl that he has chosen for him or would offer his daughter’s hand for marriage.
Traditionally this ritual was performed on the day of arrival of the groom’s family to the village. All the goods that were to be exchanged or used in the marriage were placed in front of Lord Ganesha to seek blessings from the Lord. On the same day haldi is applied to the bride as well as the groom in their respective houses. Another ritual is where the Uddin Murth a type of grain is ground. This is considered to be sacred.
I am starting a series of informative blogs on Indian Culture – just different aspects of Indian Culture. Since marriages and customs related to them are a major part of the Indian culture… this is the first topic of the post. Enjoy and do post your views in the comments.*********
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