Marwari Wedding customs and fun

The Marwar region of Rajasthan, also known as the land of the royals, is known for its rich culture and traditions. Along with its rich cuisine, grand music and exquisite attires, this part of the desert state is also known for its lavish Marwari Weddings. From rituals beginning months in advance to extending to many months after the wedding, every society has its very own wedding rituals.

In this context, these Marwari weddings are very special and extraordinary because of their rich display of culture, colours as well as famous rituals. In fact, Marwari Weddings are elaborately celebrated with pre- wedding rituals, the main wedding and post-wedding customs and rituals. These rituals are very important because of the attention given to culture.

So what are these customs and how do people have fun?

First, we begin with the Pre-wedding rituals. Now, just as various societies have their own ways of celebrating pre-wedding rituals, Marwari society too has its own special rituals. The Matchmaking ceremony is the foremost element of any Marwari wedding.

In fact, because of the importance given to arranged marriages in Marwari culture, the match-making ceremony cannot be given a miss. Basically, in order to ensure a compact relationship between the marriage partners, emphasis is laid on three things: economic status of the families, horoscopes and intra- caste alliance.

The Sangeet is also a part of Marwari weddings. It means music. However, in Marwar, people interpret this as having a celebratory event at the night. Both the unmarried partner’s dance in this event.

Then comes the engagement ceremony, also called ‘Sagan’, which is normally conducted in the house of the bride. Here, both the parents of the bride and the groom apply the sacred ‘Tilak’ to the groom and distribute gifts to him and his family members of his. It is here that the exchange of rings takes place, right under the eyes of a Pandit. Immediately after this engagement ceremony is done, there is the all-important Puja that is conducted in the houses of both families. It is worth noting that once the ceremony is conducted, the bride and groom have to stay in the house itself and cannot leave the place till the wedding day. Most importantly, a day before the wedding reception, the custom called ‘Baan’ is performed by women residing in the house, in order to cleanse evil spirits from the bride. Basically, ingredients like curds, turmeric and milk among others are kept in small bowls and then applied to the forehead of the bride.    

Second, there is the wedding reception itself where one gets to enjoy the lovely Rajasthani traditions. It is called the Baraat, wherein the groom leaves his house heading to the venue of the wedding. On this day of the reception, the bride enters the wedding hall along with her brothers, after which the newlywed couple exchange flower garlands. Then, the groom applies sindoor on the bride’s forehead; Sindoor symbolises the everlasting companionship that she has with her husband.

Another important aspect of the wedding day is when the groom’s sister conducts the ‘Grantibandhan’ ceremony, where she ties the bride’s dupatta to the groom. Then is the ‘Saat Pheras’, where the couple walks around the havan kund, and make seven sacred vows to each other. And finally, there is the Kanyadaan ritual, where the parents of the bride have a puja at their house, and give away their daughter to the groom.      

Another important aspect of the wedding day is when the groom’s sister conducts the ‘Grantibandhan’ ceremony, where she ties the bride’s dupatta to the groom. Then is the ‘Saat Pheras’, where the couple walks around the havan kund, and make seven sacred vows to each other. And finally, there is the Kanyadaan ritual, where the parents of the bride have a puja at their house, and give away their daughter to the groom.    

Thirdly and lastly, comes the post-wedding rituals. Firstly, fresh coconut is kept under the care of the couple, in order to embody the start of a new journey in their life. Then, the ‘Griha Pravesh custom is done, where the bride is received by her in-laws who perform an arti to welcome her into the house. Lastly, a ritual called ‘Pagelagni’ is done. In this ritual, the bride is introduced to the members of her new family, after which puja is performed. 

In short, once all the rituals and customs are observed, only then can one say that a Rajasthani wedding is complete and the couple can begin to embark on a new journey together.

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Aastha Jha
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