Weddings in India vary regionally, the religion and per personal preferences of the bride and groom. They are festive occasions in India, and in most cases celebrated with extensive decorations, colors, music, dance, costumes and rituals that depend on the religion of the bride and the groom, as well as their preferences.
The Maharashtrian wedding is one of the sweet and simplest wedding. It does not add too much of add too much of show and drama. It rather has too many rituals which makes it even more beautiful. The wedding is perhaps the simplest and the least sumptuous in the whole country. It is a simple affair with sweet and light moments.
Let’s talk about the pre-wedding rituals. Sakhar Puda ceremony is the first ritual which takes place in a Maharashtrian wedding. It can be termed as the engagement, wherein the bride is given a sari, and sweet or sugar, by the groom’s family.
Next is the Kelvan ceremony, which is performed at both the bride’s and the groom’s house. It is a small puja of the kuldevta, followed by a meal. After this, the Haldi ceremony takes place, wherein turmeric paste is applied to both the bride and the groom. This is known as Halad Chadavane. This is followed by Simant puja, wherein, once the groom arrives at the bride’s place; her parents wash his feet and give him gifts.
On the wedding day, Antarpat is a silk shawl used to separate the bride and the groom. The maternal uncle of the bride brings her to the dias, where the mangalashtakas are recited. Then the shawl is removed and the couple sees each other for the first time and interchange garlands. At this moment they are showered with uninterrupted rice.
Later is the the Sankalp ceremony, where the couple asks their parents for permission to get wedded. After this, the bride’s parents perform the Kanyadaan ritual, wherein they offer their daughter to the groom.
After Kanyadaan, the groom ties mangalsutra around bride’s neck and applies vermillion in her hair parting. She in return applies a sandalwood tilak on his forehead.
Next is the Vivah Homa, which is conducted by the groom in assistance with the priest. Following this is the Saptapadhi ritual, wherein the couple takes seven rounds around the sacred fire, taking seven vows.
The marriage ceremony comes to an end with the Karmasampati ritual, wherein the bride’s father, the bride and the groom please Gods to bless the marriage.
The post wedding rituals, Grihapravesh is the first ritual conducted after wedding. The groom’s mother welcomes the new couple and washes their feet with milk and water. After this the traditional aarti is performed and the bride is asked to enter the house by knocking down a glass of rice, kept at the entrance. The couple enters the house with their right foot. Last but not the least Reception party is organized, wherein sumptuous food is served for the guests.
The is how maharashtrian wedding is celebrated with all the simplicity and love.